Hello all- I am a 43 year old career changer with 3 children who has a BA in psych but never entered the field. I was a stay at home mom and an assistant to a doctor in a hospital and never been satisfied with my career choices.
So, to finally make the change I've been taking classes for the last 2 1/2 years for counseling as well as nursing (really the pre req's for admission to nursing school). I want to do counseling and work with the mentally ill, particularly children, but cannot make up my mind as to which career to enter, and don't want to waste money on classes that won't count toward a degree (being an RN/BSN or master's in counseling psychology).
One thing I do know is that as an RN finding a job would never be an issue (especially I;ve heard as a psych RN) and they make more money than LMHC's. My main fear is the med/surg aspect of nursing. I am terrified of it and only want to do psych. I understand you need to be well rounded and feel I would be able to grasp necessary knowledge, but don't know that my personality would be a good fit. I am soft spoken to some degree and sensitive, but also direct and calm and collected in times of crisis. I'm not saying you can't be low key and be a good nurse, but it seems that both careers require different personality types and I'm not sure which one would be the better fit. Nursing is still a draw as it seems so interesting not to mention marketable and slightly more lucrative. On the other hand, in counseling I may have more direct client contact and less acute/crisis situations. As a whole it does seem nurses may garner more respect in the field thsn counselors even at a master's level but that could be my own bias. At the age of 43 I think I need to be more practical in my choice since going to school with 3 children is a big commitment...I am an INTP if that is any help to anyone who can offer advice