Similar to KLBatchelor's intro, I have been a member here for several days and have just found this thread! I start at the end of the month for my RN. About me, I live in upstate NY and am a career changer. I am a 50 year old male who has had a successful 27 year employ as an engineer. Work started to get erratic during 2010 with the downturn in the economy & that rippled into the public sector (cities, counties, states, etc) having budget crises of their own. As I am bound to the area I live in with investment properties that I own & self maintain (getting rid of those properties & moving away would lead to a huge financial loss). As I had more time on my hands with a slow work climate, it was reflected that now is maybe the time to switch to "Career B." "Career B would be in healthcare. Since being a teenager, I have always intended to have two careers. Starting as an engineer as it is much harder to get into the profession & colleges if you have been out of school for a while. It was also realized that in regard to my current personal situation(s) in life, now is the best time to make this monumental switch, if I am ever going to do it. So here I am, class starts at the end of the month!