I am at a crossroads in my life. I graduated from university 1.5 years ago with a BSc in Environmental Science with Co-op. It is very hard to get a full time job in my province in the environmental field, as I have worked 2 contract jobs since graduation. My boyfriend and I moved away two years ago to work in Alberta and we both hated it. We realized that we wanted to be close to our families and maybe.. one day rasie a family in my home province.
Since graduation we both moved back to my home town and we both found employment. That being said, most of my work has been contract work, working outside completing various vegetation, bird, and site surveys. I am starting to find this work boring, unsatisfying, and there is a lack of human interaction. In addition, I really don't like to sit in front of a computer all day entering data, writing reports and not feeling rewarded. That is why for the past year and a bit i've been seriously considering nursing as a career.
My consideration for becoming a nurse ranges from the obvous - there are more jobs than the environmental field, better pay, scheduled hours (environmental fieldwork can be weather dependant and you may not get a day off for weeks), working hands on with patients, learning about the human body, and job satifaction by helping people and hopefully making a difference. And the not so obvous reason is that my mother had ovarian cancer while I was growing up, I helped take care of her a lot throughout her illness. When she went on pallitive I dropped out of school to take care of her, I was her main care provider while my father was working. Although this was the toughist time in my life, I really enjoyed taking care of her, talking to the nurses and doctors, and addministering her medication.
I know caring for your parent is different than caring for a patient, but I can't help a feeling that this is something I want to persue. I never had the grades from high school, or confidence to go into nursing off the bat, but since I recieved my BSc, my gpa was a 3.3/4.0 and I now have the marks to get into nursing school. However, the thought of going back into a 4, or perhaps 3 calendar year program bothers me. (I can't get into a 2 year program because I don't have all of the pre-reqs) Plus the thought of paying for 3-4 years tuition scares me a little.
I guess I was looking for some advice, guidance, or if anyone had an experience similar to mine let me know!
lastly, I am wondering if anyone grew up with a sibling or parent that was ill and if caring for a family member transitioned over to caring for a patient?
Thank you !!!