Wow. This past year has been a ride. My Mother was diagnosed with cancer, and beat it. In that process, I did some soul searching and discovered that I want to become a nurse and help people. I often witnessed the wonderful team of nurses that cared for my mom through her treatment, and they were inspiring. Having a background in Interior Design for the past 9 years, I had to start over and start taking classes in the evenings to fulfill all the prerequisites needed for the accelerated programs. This is not an easy road, as I have around 8 classes or more (depending on the school). That being said, I'm happy and excited for this change.
Ironically, this bad economic client has affected my full-time position at the commercial design firm that I've worked at for 5 years. As of two weeks ago now, I'm working part-time. They do say that when a door closes, a window opens. So, I decided to go ahead and sign up for training to be a Certified Nurse Assistant
Yep, I'm ditching the design gig altogether and am going to start working in the field of nursing. I think it will be another year before I actually start an accelerated program as there are waiting lists, but at least I'll be working in the filed.
Any advice? Has anyone else had a similar experience? I figure that getting experience as a nurse assistant will be invaluable when I'm actually in nursing school. Either way, I'm excited for this new path in my life. I look forward to taking care of people, and I think that's what is most important
Just wanted to encourage all of you - you can do it! I went back to school at age 35, and am now 38 and have been an RN for 6 months. I LOVE my job, and am so happy I made the switch. I have a business background, and then stayed home with my kids and did home daycare for 8 years before going back to school.
I got a job as a PCA/UC (Patient Care Assistant/Unit Coordinator) at our local ER right when I started my pre-req's. I wanted to make sure this was the right field for me. I was fortunate to get hired in with no experience (knew some people, which helped!), and my boss said she thought I had the right attitude, and could be taught the things I needed to know for the job. It worked out great, and I have no doubt that the 2 years of experience I gained there helped me be among the top of my class in nursing school.
I was thrilled to be hired in as a new grad (in the same ER) working with the fantastic people who helped me through school. I can now call them co-workers, and am loving every second.
Good luck on your journey!!!
Last edit by RNKat23 on Jan 26, '10