Hi all -
I'm brand new to the forum and have some questions for you guys.
Long story condensed: I am a podiatry resident now. As I've progressed through my training, I've come to realize that I really don't like this field too much. Not that it isn't right for some people, just not for me. Podiatry school and residencies focus all our energy in surgery and the geographical area of the lower extremities. I've found my love and passion for medicine on my medicine months during residency. Unfortunately, pods don't have the same med background as other practitioners, so I am effectively stuck in this unless I take a plunge and start a new program.
Now I know that getting my RN(a MN at the program I am looking at), then experience as a nurse, and applying and completing a DNP program is no easy task in time and money, but at this point I am looking into career options where I can still help people, feel job satisfaction and practice at a terminal degree. I think some replies might be to go back to medical school, but at this point in my life, I'm in the hole $100K+ and it's hard to stomach the thought of investing another 10 years of life to get at a place that I enjoy. That in no way implies that I think the DNP degree is an easy way out. But it does shorten my road significantly (by about 5 years). As an aside, I am also considering PA school. Autonomy and titles mean little to me.
I've been around nurses my entire life. My aunt, mom, and sister are all nurses. I deviated from nursing because when I was a young and naive undergrad, I really thought I wanted to be a surgeon and I had some great experiences with a podiatrist in my area. Now I realize that I want to be in peds. My mind has been thriving when I am in higher stress situations than what podiatry can offer me. I've been around DNPs in the hospital setting for many years now and I look at the DNPs on the trauma floors or NICUs and I know that that is where my heart lies.
Has anyone heard of people in my situation? I know that people choose second careers all the time, but I'm scared!
What advice do you guys have for people choosing nursing as a second career?