I am 32 years old. I was always interested in nursing, but when I graduated High School it was a decision - nursing, which I did not have the grades for (hey, we're all stupid when we're 17) or the job I was offered at the time, working for a record company.
Guess which one I took?
I worked in the music biz for 7 years. I loved it, the artistic temperaments, the perks, but not the pay! Minimum wage for 70 hour weeks....it was tough. I couldn't afford to eat properly. I packed it all in five years ago and now work full time in the Transportation industry, doing payroll for a trucking company. While I love my job, and I like to think I'm good at it, I can't really "do" anything - I don't have a piece of paper like my husband, saying you ARE somebody. I know that sounds silly.
I have recently been looking into going back to school. I can't quit my full time job - no money. But I can become an RPN at night school. It will take three years, and I've missed the deadline to apply this September - but I have signed up for two of the credits (psychology and Health writing skills). So I suppose I will be a bit ahead next year. I toyed with it all year after having a FABULOUS nurse when I had surgery last year. She was amazing. She listened to everything I said (or mumbled) and fought for my comfort with the surgeon (who I don't think cared if I was alive). She was an inspiration, I want to BE her....I want to make that kind of difference to someone. These days the only appreciation I get is when a truck driver picks up his paycheque!
Here is my dilemma. I am terrified. I was never a good student. I excelled at things I was interested in (English, arts, Biology) but was a disaster at anything mathematical. I haven't been in school in over 12 years. I am so scared of failing.
Finally, after years of "floating" off in employment neverland, I have finally found what I really want to do, and I am so scared I won't be able to do it!
I am actively searching for a math tutor to prepare me for the entrance exam, I have applied to be a volunteer at the hospital around the corner from my house, what else can I do to boost my confidence? I have contacted the college I am planning to attend, but it is very large and impersonal.
Any tips? So many thanks.
Aug 22, '02
I used to think that some people were too stupid to be nurses. Until I had to deal with certain nursing supervisors and administrators.
(Or maybe they got someone else to take their NCLEX exam for them and forged the rest of the paperwork.)
But levity aside, RN school is a challenge in many ways--academically, physically, emotionally, and financially. You might be more comfortable starting as a CNA, then LVN, etc. to see what suits you best. Not sure what an RPN is--my guess is the same as an LVN.
There are also lots of other healthcare specialties that focus more tightly on certain areas that might be interesting--doing sonograms, respiratory techs, operating room techs, etc. Lots of areas from which to choose to find the one that fits.
Last edit by sjoe on Aug 22, '02