I hope I can get some advice on a potential career change to nursing. Currently, I am employed in the software industry and make a good salary (one I could not match on-Cape). Before this, though, I've held "ancillary" positions in health care...microbiology tech and diet tech in hospitals for 10 years, and 6 years at a health insurer, eventually in management. I have a BS in zoology, though it is 25 yrs old.
I have always been interested in medicine and health, and have recently been thinking more and more about nursing, especially as I've had more interaction due to family illnesses. I truly believe the nurses "make or break" someone's hospital experience...and most of them would "make" it if given the chance. I would like to give back some of what I've been privileged to experience.
I am 49. Is it all all realistic to think that I can get an RN and then a more advanced degree and good employment? I would need to work full or nearly full time. I would be taking classes for 4 or 5 years...Will schools
and employers view me as a contributor or will they think that I should not take the place of someone who will work longer in the field? This is one of my main concerns.
Cape Cod Comm. College offers an evening program...does anyone know if there is a large wait list and what the program is like? (I have a call in to them now.)
Finally, are salaries for a beginning RN on the Cape at all comparable to Boston's?
Thanks so much and sorry for all the questions. I have been all over the internet reading and researching...just need mostly to know if I'm being at all realistic.