I am currently in my 8th year of teaching. I love working with kids, but I haven't felt a great sense of satisfaction for the past 2 years. Between poor behavior, budget cuts, lack of parental support, and students not playing a role in their own education, I've become very dissatisfied. I need a career change and have been contemplating my next step in life. When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a pediatrician. I'm seriously considering returning to school to become a pediatric nurse. My sister is an LVN and she absolutely loves her job. I know that nurses work long hours, have to put up with just as much bureaucratic problems....some of you could probably go on....put I can't help but feel there must be a great sense of satisfaction. The nurses that I know (sister, neighbors, and friend) all love their jobs, despite the long hours.
The other part of this quandary is finances. I just got married a year ago and we bought a house. The nursing programs here in Houston require you to go full time. We could not pay the mortgage on my husband's salary alone, unless in his current job search he gets a position making a lot more money. I plan to attend an info session at one of the colleges and perhaps call to speak with someone. Maybe it is more doable than I might realize.
I would appreciate any suggestions, advice, and encouragement that anyone has to offer. I've read a lot on these boards. They are fabulous!