Hello, everyone! I recently stumbled upon the allnurses.com website and have read some of the postings. I've been managing a busy household for nine years and have, somewhere along the line, developed a strong interest in working in the healthcare industry. I cannot make up my mind regarding which direction I should pursue. My spouse thinks that I should try becoming a nurse. I am fully aware that the occupation of a nurse is a challenging yet rewarding one. I've been looking at the subject online and am in the process of talking with people whom I am acquaintances with because they are nurses/teach nursing. I am sure others out there may feel the same way that I do: I am nervous and apprehensive, yet excited, about the prospect of pursuing a career in nursing. It's a huge responsibility, what with dealing with people's lives, and then there is the academic part of it. I never took Algebra, Biology, or Chemistry in high school (I've graduated nearly 20 years ago), but I do feel that I have the desire to learn and realize that's what instructors are for: to teach. One of the big things about contemplating a nursing career is that there 'should' be a job for me, or anyone, who graduates from nursing school
, whereas there might not be a plentiful supply of other healthcare jobs. I have been toying with the idea of medical assisting but live in a small town, and a person usually has to travel at least 30 minutes away for anything (restaurants, shopping, etc). Any advice on what would be some good starting points regarding my foray into this challenging and rewarding career would be greatly appreciated. Another question that I have that I might as well go ahead and ask is this: If I choose a school within my state and get a license to practice nursing, etc., if I should decide to go to the next-door state and secure employment, will I have to get certified in that state, as well? Thanks in advance! Southern Indiana Gal P.S. I just previewed my post, and I am having difficulty separating the text into paragraphs, so I apologize in advance if the text ends up all in one paragraph. P.S.S. I majored in a diploma Executive Secretarial program several years ago at a technical college, but, other than that, I don't have any experience working in a medical setting.