Currently I am a geologist, and I work in a big fancy office for a big oil company. I sit in front of a computer Mon-Fri 8-5. I go for coffee breaks, and workout at lunch. It is pretty easy. I get stressed when there are deadlines or presentations, but other than that it is pretty stress-free. I am close to making 6 figures in my 3rd year out of university. Sounds pretty awesome right??
But I am totally miserable. I have no passion for it. It bores me to tears. The thought of working here for the rest of my life makes me want to jump off the 30th floor. Geology is different in that there are no right answers and you are making stuff up and then presenting it as if it were the absolute truth. I really don't like that.
Sorry for the lengthy post, but I have been racking my brain for the past 2 years on what I might like to do instead. Discovering nursing has been like a light going on in my brain, but I am still unsure if (what I think are) my needs and the nursing profession will be a right fit. Here they are:
I want to be doing something different and exciting everyday, no sitting around and surfing the internet out of boredom.
I am an extrovert and am energized by my relationships with others.
I think it is totally awful that I am sitting 8-9 hours per day, sitting in the car, sitting on the couch at home.. even though I work out regularly I don't think humans are meant for this much sitting.
I want a career where I am doing something meaningful (ie. NOT finding oil in the ground)
I want to use my brain... I am a science geek.
I always want people to be comfortable and happy, and if I had a career doing that I think that would be amazing.
I have always been interested in healthcare, I initially wanted to be a doctor but my dreams of getting into medical school are long gone now. I've looked into phyisotherapy and occupational therapy as well.
I want the opportunity to work anywhere.
Monotony freaks me out.
What I am hoping to get with this post is some honest feedback from those who are nurses.
It is greatly appreciated
I just want to add, I am quite sure I would go on to become a nurse practitioner if I choose nursing. Would have liked to get into med school but my grades aren't up to snuff. And I am a female btw.
I like the idea of a paramedic.. I don't think the pay is as good as nursing though. I will check it out.
Is a PA a physician's assistant?
For me, the answer is yes. I was telling my husband the other night that despite feeling insecure and unsure of myself most of the time--something I've never dealt with in any previous position--my level of life satisfaction is much higher, now that I am no longer working behind a desk 5 days a week, getting up early, fighting traffic, and wearing conservative clothes, not to mention no longer dealing with people who act like first world inconveniences are the end. Of. The. Flipping. World. Give me a full load of 5 truly sick patients over my entitled former clients, any day of the week. YMMV.
This is really ringing true for me..
Last edit by skigirl8 on Nov 6, '13
: Reason: clarifying