I am a 46 year old single male, and in the middle of a major shift of life-focus.
After 22.5 years in a Catholic monastery, I felt the need to move on. I surely have had much experience with empathizing with others in my contacts over the years. Also, my last job--albeit short-term--was as a nurse's aide in a nursing home. That was in the summer of 1989.
During my years of prayer in the monastery, I would often come back to the nursing/hospital scene in my heart. So upon leaving, it was almost 'natural' for me to incline toward the medical/caring scene for my 'new life.' I have certainly been 'acclaimed' for my 'compassion skills'.
But my main concern is that, as a 46 year old--and not a 26 year old--who has to restart his life, is there really a job prospect for such as me? I have heard dire things about ASN graduates not getting jobs anywhere...........unemployed nurses all over the place.......the myth of the shortage of nurses............At my age, I really don't have time to spend a bunch of money on an education that will get me nowhere!
I could relocate, if that helps...............any thoughts?