Hi there! I'm new to the boards (and I just introduced myself in that other thread, sorry for the repeat).
The short version of this story is that I have a BS in electrical engineering, a minor in physics, work experience in programming, and I know that something is missing! I miss people. In fact, I was missing it so much I actually got a job on the side working as a waitress at Pizza Hut just to get more time being with (and working for) people. Silly huh? Well, it's me I think.
I'm thinking very sersiously of going back to school to be a nurse. It would take me about 3 years to get a BSN from our local program (ICNE, for those in the area). Currently I'm eyeing Labor and Delivery, NICU, or Peds as my love of children and babies is so high, but I'm not ruling anything out! Since I lost my job late last year I have been searching for a position to combine my technical skills with the medical field, and I'm currently applying to volunteer at a local hospital.
While all of that will be wonderful for shaping my ideas about hospital work and nursing, I'd love to hear from all of you. What do you love, what do you hate, what do you do? What do I not know that I'm going to need to know to decide? What misconceptions do I probably hold about what I'm getting into? I want to make a smart and informed decision about this, so that the career change thing doesn't become a recurring theme in my life!
Thanks for any and all input you can give me!
Jan 3, '03
1) there is a forum on this BB entitled "Would you recommend nursing as a career?" that you might want to check out.
2) similarly, this question has been discussed in various threads on this forum that you might want to read.
3) you might also want to read a random assortment of threads on this and the "nursing activism/politics" and "student nursing" forums to get a better idea of the issues involved.
Last edit by sjoe on Jan 3, '03