Hi guys.. I'm sort of in the same boat as you are.
Only I am a single mother with a Bachelors degree in Accounting, but since I dislike working in this field, I am going back to my 1st career choice --nursing. I got accepted into a nursing program back in 1992, but couldn't attend because I was going through a divorce and had a 3 year old and I couldn't quit my day job. Accounting was plan B.
I am completing my pre-reqs right now and plan on entering nursing school in spring 2009. I am biding my time for the next year to try to attempt the following:
See my son turn 18 and off to college himself so I am by myself at home with no-one to cook and clean for. Then I can go to school full time and work full time ( I have to work full time in order to pay all of my debts, rent, utilities, car loan etc which I know I cannot pay off by then. ) I am 40 years old and don't want to wait too much longer to get my nursing degree.
In the Chicago area, there is no night nursing program option, either part time or otherwise. All I know how to do is office work, which I can only do in the daytime and nurses aid, which I haven't worked at in 13 years but is the only thing I can do working 3rd shift. I have to try to get back into being a nurse aide by renewing my license and working part time (along with my fulltime job right now) until I get a nursing program acceptance letter. At that time, I'm hoping that my accounting employer will allow me to work partially from home on a laptop odd hours and from the office on non-school days while attending school for 2 years before they lose me completely. (otherwise, they'll lose my right away--I'm playing that "you need me card" since I'm the only one they have right now. Plus the fact that I"m giving them 2 years notice instead of 2 weeks.) If not, I need to quit my well paying accounting job to go to day nursing school and work full-time 2nd or 3rd shift --at half the pay. I'm really scared to make this move. I can't believe with the nursing shortage, they do not see fit to offer nursing programs
to day working people looking to change careers --even if it took a few extra years than the traditional 2 year program.
Also, since I already have a degree, I cannot get grants and possibly some loans, so I am at the mercy of scholarships and non-subsidized loans (a new loan to add to my existing student loan).
I guess if God wants me (and you) to do this, he will provide the way.
Sorry for my rambling also, but this post just opened up my frustrations.