I have come to a decision after a few months of mulling over my options in regards to pursuing a nursing career. I have worked for the past two years in an office job, it's high stress environment at times since we have deadlines. Due to the economy, we've had no pay raises and I don't get paid overtime for extra hours (salary).
I came to a realization that with all the hours I work and stress induced moments that I know it will get better but I want to have a steady career that will ensure once I turn 50, I won't be scrambling to find work. My mom has been a nurse for over 20 years and has always encouraged me to pursue it but I guess I wanted to pursue another field during college (sociology major) and after a few years of working now, I realize that now especially in this economy would be an ideal time to go back to school. My fiance and I both plan to work part time while we finish our respective studies in the medical field (he's pursuing physical therapy).
I've always enjoyed helping people, and I used to volunteer at my mom's past nursing employer, along with a brief internship stint at a hospital where I observed medical staff and helped during their daily activities. I guess I wanted to see if other people have gone through the same ordeal, I'm 26 now and I feel like while it's a little late at least better late then never =)
Another appealing aspect aside from helping people is the ability to be able to work 3-5 days and still have a comfortable income.
I have about a year of finishing up pre-reqs and I'm considering 3-4 nursing programs
in the San Diego area. I plan to give notice at my office job about a month before I plan to leave (Feb-March 2010) to give my employer plenty of time to find a replacement for me. So while I am stressed in my current job, about 6 months from now I won't be working full time and I will have a part time job while finishing up pre-req classes.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom for a 26 year old leaving her job in a few months to pursue nursing? I'm anxious but I look forward to starting a new chapter in a few months for a new career. If anyone has any advice about nursing programs or places to check out in San Diego regarding an RN career. I'm looking at accelerated programs, 3 year BSN programs and elsewhere.