"I am 41 years old, I have been a computer programmer for almost 20 years. For the last 14 years I have been at the same company. Its large enough that I have been able to bounce around internally, trying different projects every couple years. I am searching for something, and I am not finding it here. I am ready to consider a new career. I dont really plan to retire, but I want to do something new with my life. I have been considering teaching and nursing. I like people, I think I relate well to others, and have a good sensitivity. Nursing appeals to me because of the aspect of helping others, the large number of jobs in the career, the lack of outsourcing, and the good pay.
How do you begin researching? There seem to be lots of options as far as specialty, and even degree? I have a B.A. in Computer Science, with alot of math courses, but I havent been in a college course for years!
Any advice or encouragement appreciated
My answer to your questions!!!!
There are some programs designated for students who have 4-year college degrees! You only have to go for 2 more years, you will have your B.S.N! In this day and age, B.S.N is always preferred!
Forty-One years young is young in nursing! The average age is 47 years young for R.N.
Getting into a nursing program
could be hard! There is a long waiting list especially the 2 years AAS degree. In NYC, the waiting list could go for 4 years! It is very competitive! You will need high GPA and an impressive interview by a college professor who have 20 to 25 years experiences in the nursing field. I was interviewed by a psy nurse in a AAS Program! I guessed she just wanted to read my mind! Never mention a "economic" reason as your prime reason to come to nursing! Always use the phrase "I guess I am having a mid-life crisis and I wanna to change my career and I really wanna to take care of others people!"
There are many other ways to get into nursing! Should there is a problem getting into a program! LPN could be another way to do it! It is not advisable, but at least provides you a greater chance to get into an RN Program!
I have been there, and I have done it! I hope this will help! Good luck!
By the way, I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering prior to getting my AAS in Nursing! I was also an LPN. I have been an RN since 2004!