I'm a first time poster with no nursing experience interested in becoming an NP - just looking for some advice. I apologize for the length of this post...but it's not boring! I promise!
Here is some background information:
I'm 29 years old with a BS & MFA under my belt, (Communications & Graphic Design), working at a job that I hate (Internet Marketing, yuck!). After some serious reflection, I've decided to kick that meaningless crap to the curb and pursue a career in nursing.
I know some of you must be asking, "Why does she want to change her career completely? Surely there must be something else out there for her," or maybe, "How does she know that this is the right career move for her?" Believe me - my brain asked me those questions too. And so did my mother-in-law. The best answer I can give is that a) I want to have a career that utilizes practical knowledge b) I want to engage with people every day instead of plugging myself into a computer to create display ads that no one clicks on anyway and c) I want to be challenged and think on my feet. And I want to come home tired.
Now, here is my situation:
I make pretty decent money at this joyless, frighteningly mind-numbing job. My husband (a former EMT) is starting PA school in a week, so I'm basically the only breadwinner here, and so I can't quit. I've looked into Direct-Entry programs in the Boston area, talked to RNs & NPs I know, and created a schedule of the prerequisite courses I will need to fulfill before applying. I'm starting chemistry after Labor Day, and I feel like I'm already ahead of the game because I love Breaking Bad (kidding! but I do love Breaking Bad). Right now, I feel most comfortable taking one class per semester (including summer) because I want to focus on that class and get an A. And then another A. And so on. But that's going to take a few years - I won't be applying to nursing programs
until 2016 or 2017 - and by then hopefully my husband will have a job. I'm also going to be looking for evening/weekend volunteer opportunities. (If you've made it this far, congratulations, and do you have any advice about how best to go about volunteering?)
What I want to know is, have I missed anything in my research? Is the Direct Entry route my best option given my circumstances? Have any of you been in similar circumstances?
Thank you in advance for your wonderful advice!