hi, i'm definitely shopping around for a new career in human services, moving over from the technology sector. i want to do something meaningful, which is also going to pay me a living wage. I was pursuing an MA in Counseling but it's just too expensive, plus i won't be able to afford the student loans i already have when i get out. So now i'm thinking about becoming an RN via an AS degree.
What I like about potentially being an RN, is:
- assessment and diagnosis
- science & technology
- opportunity to care for people
- enormous professional flexibility, including possibility of psychiatric nursing or forensic nursing, among many others that interest me
- i can start earning a living while i consider further education
- i can actually find a job
- the tuition is more affordable (or maybe my employer will pay for it)
What I'm concerned about
- the thought of giving someone a shot scares me, something i'm hoping i can get over. i'm really afraid of hurting someone who is already scared of that needle.
- i don't want to do direct patient care that involves bed baths or cleaning up excretions, sorry to be so delicate but i just know i would really hate doing that kind of work. no i don't have kids!!! : ) Do Rn's typically perform these duties or can we rely on other staff? Do the various direct-care nursing disciplines differ?
I'm involved in direct patient care now, in mental health services. i work with developmentally disordered teenagers and i really like it so far, although i don't know that i want to do it forever. my coworkers are second to none.
i need a career that balances my personal need to do something to contribute to society, and take care of myself and my financial obligations. right now i make dirt for pay, it's hard to survive let alone think about educational expenses, but i know i have to do it. i'm hoping for scholarships and/or tuition reimbursement if i get a staff position where i work now.
i have considered medical imaging but it doesn't seem to offer the same professional range, or future progress. Plus i have to lift bodies to position patients, so when i'm older it will be harder to keep up. i'm 38 now, and i already have some back and knee trouble.
i live in the boston area.
any advice or feedback would be hugely appreciated. i'm mainly interested in knowing more about day-to-day professional responsibilities and career insight. if you have a huge anti-nursing rant, please don't take it out here! Thanks!!!!!