Thanks, Dave, and everybody else. I am very encouraged. I am at a career crossroads, but with some options. My kids are (almost) all in college, and though tuition has been expensive, they are all helping to foot the bill - very manageable. I was just laid off from my current job, with several months severance. I figure I've got one major career change left in me, so am getting a lot of advice and counseling. I am not looking for a "job".... I am looking for a career path. One option was to get a PhD in clinical psychology. After talking to a couple of guys I know in the field...it was a little eye-opening. Then I remembered.... a couple of years after I finished nursing school, I "pre"interviewed at local medical center's CRNA school. I was intrigued, but my life was not ready to allow me to go to school full time at that point - family comes first. I loved critical care, and I was good at it, but I started to burn out after 11 years or so... too many nights working and covering up for unsafe co-workers, or having to walk the admitting MD through his orders (no intensivists in those days.) I left and ran my own business for 5 years or so, and then took a senior administrative position with a non-profit (7years). Nursing seemed so far behind me..... I loved the cameraderie with good team-mates, though, and I surely did like helping people. Also, I enjoyed the fact that I wasn't a "suit"....I thought I was more interesting than that (!)(the hubris of youth...I later wore a suit with great regularity! ...). I worked in some great hospitals with some great people, and have some fond memories. So... I think I am going to pursue this; I plan on talking to a few programs to bounce my (potential) application and situation off of them to see what they think I need to work on the most. A CRNA career appeals to many things in me... not the least of which is a pretty good rate of pay, and the opportunity to work just about anywhere, doing a similar job.
Thanks again, folks, for all your encouragement. I appreciate it!