Quote from lmf2006
DIdnt know where to post this question. I am a Mechanical engineer by degree but work in the aerospace field for the past 7 years. I have been thinking of goign back to school for a career change and would love to go into obgyn nursing. Anyone out there who has made the career change from engineering to nursing? How did nursing school compare to engineering school? How did your engineering background help/ or not help you in nursing school or in your nursing career? Thanks!
I'm a degreed Chemical Engineer with 20+ years at the same employer in a variety of roles from lab rat to tech service to product development to plant superintendent to....
After giving it serious thought over the past 2-3 years, I turned in my resignation this July and am crunching my way through the prerequisites for an accelerated BS-->BSN program. I've volunteered as a paramedic on the local fire dept since 1990, and have always enjoyed that side of my life. It's always seemed more "real", and I like interacting with my patients. I'm attracted to advanced practice nursing, leaning towards NP or CRNA. Who knows, though - it's still very early in the process for me.
I can't speak to the difficulty level of nursing school vs engineering school, but the Anatomy & Physiology & Microbiology courses are challenging. Lots of memorization & internalizing of concepts. I'm doing OK, though - 110% in A&P, 98% in micro so far (about halfway through the courses).
None of this would have been possible without the support (& gentle prodding) of my wife!
My career was no longer challenging, fun, or interesting. Life is too short to be miserable. If you want to change careers, do the necessary checking up-front, then DO IT.