I have been putting a lot of thought into nursing(my other career choice being something engineering based). I am a 19year old college student, male, recovering alcoholic and addict(sober since 7/5/04). I worked in an OR as an intern student doing the same thing which technicians do for about a month before i flunked my intern program(it was during VERY bad spot of my abuse career). However, i loved the work. I loved helping people and being with them, i liked how it wasn't overly chit-chatted(sales/business) and was hands on and there was always a very urgent issue at hand. I would like to work in a chemical dependancy center or psychiatric ward possibly, however i liked the work in the OR. Now, i thought nurses made a lot more money than from what im reading on the websites. Money is important to me, to an extent. Also i plan to become LPN and possibly work part time or attend nursing school part time all the way through RN to PA(maybe) is that possible without burning out? Do most employers offer tuition reimbursement? Is the income level projected to rise? Are there more males entering into the nursing career? Does knowing a second language help? Help the pay?
Anyway, I'm glad theres a board like this!