I was hoping for some help regarding a career path in healthcare.
As a single father dealing with child support payments (I get my angels every weekend), I have to deal with needing to make more than I usually need to get along. As such, getting into nursing is a bit tricky because of the whole bills thing - I'm sure many here can empathize
That said, I've been looking at a few ways of getting out of technology and into healthcare. Keep in mind my ultimate goal is to become a CRNA, but my immediate goal is to become an RN.
pros - I can finish school, at night, in about 9 months and be certified. I can work on fibromialgia patients like my mother through insurance companies (some are starting to treat massage therapy as treatment) and make a good wage doing it myself on the side. It gives me a potential means to augment a future non-RN position paycheck in order to get by while I finish up school.
cons - 9 months focused on something else (and going into student loan territory to have to do it) other than finishing up the 1.5 years of pre-reqs I need to start nursing school. Not a financially-sustaining business on it's own. Don't believe even my A&P classes could transfer. As a man, it could be hard getting started aside from going the fibro-patient angle. To actually do it means to take away time on the weekend from my children or do it at night and be unable to attend classes.
pros - I'd be going through a community college most likely which means a few credits should transfer later. It puts me in the hospitals/health centers at a pay that could make the bills and would possibly put me at a place where benefits would help ease the schooling needs (via work-sponsored financial aid for school) to transfer into the RN program.
cons - at least 2 years of schooling to do it and I'm not sure what the credit-transfer situation would be like. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot if there aren't a lot of related classes, this could put me further back in my path.
Of the two it really comes down to whether I'd like something to supplement or replace what I'm doing. The supplemental approach takes 1/2 the time, but does nothing more than provide another skill. As a man it's attractive because, hey, what woman doesn't like a man who knows what to do with his hands. But professionally, it seems Ultrasonography is the better choice.
Does anyone know of any other careers that offer a short path to start but an attractive wage upon starting? I have resigned myself to knowing I'll be in school for the next 8 years to get where I want to be (since I'll be doing a lot of it at nights and part-time), but I'd like to get started by taking that first leap.
I just about signed up for MT school but I'm thinking more and more of looking into Ultrasonography. Any idea if those classes transfer, are shared, etc. with the nursing school program? I imagine as nurses, many of you look around and think, "I wonder what that is like", only to do your research at home and find someone may be making more than you for what you perceive to be less work, etc. Or visa-versa, discover that a "harder" job you see done is actually done for less pay, etc.