I'm also a Marylander. Currently I work for a large aerospace company. My background is Electrical Engineering/Physics and I specialize in the design of radars. I've been an engineering for nearly 30 years. I plan to retire in the next 5 or 6 years and I have a desire to go into nursing, hopefully as a Nurse Practitioner. I have 5 kids and 4 grandkids and I'm happily married.
All of my previous classes were taken many years ago and I feel the need to get up to speed. Therefore, I have started back to school this semester (Fall '03) at Howard CC. I'm only taking one class, since I work full time. It is a prereq called Life Span Development.
When I signed up at HCC, I declared my major as the PLN certificate program, but I expect that as soon as I can get that done, I'll swith over to the PLN to RN program. Eventually, I'd like to get into an RN to BSN program, and follow that with an NP program. UM Baltimore or Hopkins would be my choices.
I'm very fortunate because the company I work for will pay for all the classes I want to take, whether they are job related or not.
I'm not sure how easy or difficult it is to get into HCC's nursing program
, but I don't have to worry about that until I get the prereqs out of the way. Do any of you Marylanders have any input about HCC's admissions criteria? (i.e. is it really difficult?)
Looking into the future, I view nursing as a great way to give something back as well as help supplement my retirement income in a profession with extremely high demand. I'm 50% Native American and I'd like to possibly serve in a rural area or maybe in a missionary capacity. Good luck to all. I'm glad there's a Maryland forum.