I am a graphic designer, but I am very frustrated in this career. My current job (a govt contractor in the defense industry) doesn't really use my skills/talent. With the current job market and the fact that graphic designers and graduates are a dime a dozen, I have been experiencing EXTREME difficulty getting a job that would challenge me and use my skills. I also want to do something to make a real difference which I don't feel that I do in my current position.
When I spoke with one of my close friends (we'll call her SM) as well as with an acquaintance (KS) of mine (both RNs), they suggested that I go into nursing. SM said that I have the drive that it takes to be an RN. She said that I wouldn't be on the floor for my whole career because I constantly push myself (which is true!). KS said that I have the personality and people skills to fit the job, plus I can do more creative things in the healthcare industry to include marketing, design, etc. after I put in some time on the floor. I was really good at math and science courses in high school too. I did all the AP science courses and went through math up to Calculus II with a GPA of 4.18 when I graduated. So what do you recommend? Do they have a point? Should I go for it? I think that being an RN would definitely be the challenge that I look for, but it would fulfill that desire to make a difference. It would also provide great job security and I could use it anywhere!
My other BIG/HUGE concern is the financial end of this. I know that to complete a program, it is strongly recommended that students don't work. I have a house (and bills along with it), so I am REALLY concerned about taking out loans not only to cover tuition, but also my mortgage, utilities, and car payment. I am so worried that I will be totally overwhelmed with debt (basically doubling my mortgage). KS recommended I get a CNA position after the 1st semester of the nursing program, but I know that I also have to complete all the prerequisites yet which could take a couple semesters. I know that there is financial aid/scholarships/etc. out there, but another friend of mine who is going for her BSN right now just said the Govt cut a lot of funding for students. I just wonder if it's too unrealistic financially to complete the program with all the current responsibilities I have? So much debt will build up over 1-3 years (depending on prereqs. and the program length --> I would like to go for a BSN)! Has anyone else done this? If so -- HELP!
Finally (sorry this is so long!), I wonder how current RNs feel about the new healthcare bill and if it will negatively impact the nursing field as far as job opportunity and pay. Do you also have concern for being able to care for patients as well as you would like if there are funding/budget cuts?
THANKS so much for any advice!