Hello! NPotter, over the past year I have discussed this with many folks, and I agree this is a goal that I will keep to myself ;-)
Engineer933... thanks for asking how things are going. It has been a slow process! I am still an engineer, and with my work schedule, I can only manage to take one pre-req course a semester. I should have been done in May, but had to drop my last class (organic chem), because of a 2 week business trip to China (my professor would not let me make up an exam I would have missed). So, I am retaking organic this fall and plan to apply for the ABSN programs in Michigan this winter.
Most ABSN programs up here are 12 months long, and once you are accepted there is usually a 12 month wait before you get into the program... so if all goes well, then I should be entering a program in May 2013.
I think the hardest thing for me has been staying focused and juggling a full schedule personally and professionally. As I mentioned, I still work full time as an engineer and travel for work often (my company is based out of SC). I cannot explain to my employer that I need to leave an after hours meeting early, or put off travel plans because of school... because they do not know I plan to change careers. I am also a wife and mom of 2 very active little boys (ages 5 and 7)... between elementary school activities, sports and my husbands travel schedule (he is also a engineer/ project manager), work and my classes life is very busy. I sometimes get discouraged that I started this path in 2009, and my BSN will not be completed until 2014... add another 3-4 years for the CRNA program and ICU experience, and I will be 48 years old before I am done.... ughhhh ;-(
The thing that keeps me focused is the fact that I know this is really what I want to do, and even though I will be in my late 40's, I will still have a good 20 years of work ahead of me (thats a whole 2nd career!). I just wish I would have figured that out 20 years ago, when I was in school the first time, lol!