I have a prior degree and was a success in a job I loved in the business world, but life pulled me in a different direction.
It started with the birth of my first born with a mid-wife, I guess it was there I first realized what a positive experience it was to recieve good nursing care. I remember wishing I knew earlier what nursing entailed, becuase it would've been something I'd be good at and enjoy...but that I was well established in my career and thinking that it was too late (HA!).
In the last 4 years, I've had to help a mother die of cancer at 59 and helped my first born son live with a seizure disorder, growth delay and learning disabilities. I had to fight with insurance companies and with school districts. I became a parent advocate for special needs families and a Seizure Awareness and First Aid trainer. During all this, I was suprised by baby #3.
It was at that point I had to give up the job I loved. It was then I started taking pre-reqs for nursing....I actually only went to the community college to take a fun class but, somehow I ended up taking chemistry instead.
About this time, I had a dream about my mom holding a lamp out to me. While interviewing for an MSN program, the interviewer told me this iconography was related to nursing history. When I have more time I will research, but don't really believe and figure it was just coincidence.
My second semester, I discovered I had breast cancer, and I had another fight on my hands. It was a difficult fight and everything that could go wrong went wrong and I am still dealing with the after affects.
During my own cancer fight, my father died of lung cancer at 74. I took everything I learned from my mothers death and my own struggles with chemo and radiation and helped him fight a good fight, and helped him die a good death. During this time, I started to see the positives of everything I had been doing with my first born.
Through this all, I maintainted A's and I have been accepted into a BSN program starting September. I am now rising from the ashes of my prior life with a renewed purpose. I will take everything I've learned in grief to be of service to others. And, through this, find much needed healing of my own.
I don't know if this is a calling so much as life so clearly has a different purpose for me. I have a good head for business, so I won't let the fact that I have a passion for this profession sway me when administration makes bad decisions. I don't intend to let everything I've learned in the business world fall by the wayside.