I have decided I want to make a career change and go into nursing. Currently I am working in the mortgage industry and I am not happy there at all. I almost went into nursing about 10 years ago, but life got in the way. Now I am thinking very seriously of doing it. I had been planning on going to a local community college starting this summer semester, and taking the pre-requisite courses that I need and then going on from there.
I've been reading this board a lot lately, and one thing I keep seeing over and over is you are on your feet a lot and they hurt. How bad is it? Do you develop feet, leg, and back problems even if you don't have any to begin with? I am asking this because a little over 3 years ago I was in a car accident where I broke my foot and ankle and tore several ligaments. I had to have 3 surgeries and although my foot is much better it'll never be 100%. Since I have a desk job right now, I can live with the daily aches and pains.
Now I am curious if this profession would make my foot problem worse. I am starting to worry if I spend all the time and money into going to school, that 6 months after I got a job I would have to give it up. Are there some nursing specialties that are not as physically demanding as others?
Is it unrealistic for me to want to go into nursing with an existing foot problem? Any advice would be very much appreciated. I have a real passion for helping people, but I don't know if it's realistic anymore.