Figured this was a pretty good place to get advice on nursing!
I'm thinking of going back to school and getting into nursing. I currently do technical writing for a financial software company, and while the company and my colleagues are *tremendous*, working hard so that other people can make lots of money hasn't been very fulfilling.
Nursing appeals because I've always been interested in sciences and was originally a genetics major before switching to liberal arts. I'm a big softie, particularly with kids, and am always happy to put someone else's needs first. Plus, it seems like the daily effort of helping people survive trauma or to simply alleviate their pain would do more to better the world than what I do now. My sister-in-law was a nursing student and I'm reading her textbooks now in the evenings. For fun!
With some experience, it would be cool to somehow tie this in with another passion: Homeland Security and bioterror defense. Maybe a focus on public health nursing or something.
My concern is that my INFP-ness is taking over and my perception of nursing is becoming kind of pie-in-the-sky. I'm fairly introverted, meaning I may freeze up when faced with the forceful personalities of the ER or its belligerent patients. I've got a great memory and recall when given a few minutes to think over an issue, but may be forced to act faster than I'd like, and can have a hard time brushing off unfair criticism or my own mistakes. Plus, I'm 34, a guy, and have two kids and a mortgage.
I'd really like to switch into something that helps people, and more and more the medical field seems like where it should be. The time and money will work themselves out for the right fit. A fast-paced environment that's team-oriented would be great, or a quieter, less stressful one. Does a position exist like that? Just fishing for ideas at this point.
Thanks for reading this far!