I really appreciate all of the comments and advice that everyone has shared with me. I know that each of you are just trying to prepare me and make sure that I do not have a glorified view of what being a CNA, RN, or LPN is all about. I have always had an interest, I actually changed my major to healthcare and then switched back. I was 19, naive, soft spoken, etc. I feel I have matured into a much stronger and confident person. I left the agriculture/retail combo after 30+ years for many reasons and I do miss parts of it but do not regret my decision.
My job was intense and physically demanding. I had many 80+ hour weeks. We would have days where 10,000 people would come through and there would be code Adams, medical situations, pissed off customers, etc. Being a GM, those situations fell under my responsibility. I felt like a human fire extinguisher,lol. However, I feel I did a good job at resolving situations because I would stay calm and focused. I thank our 4 boys for that!! I love people but know that there are a lot of pieces of work in the world.
I have done a lot of research but I know that can never surpass experience. My future DIL and another son's GF are nurses and have been very helpful and don't candy coat anything. My neighbor has been a nurse for 35 years and I had her over for lunch and I asked her a ton of questions and she had many for me. The pay is not great but we do not need to rely on my income at this point in life. My Mom had Alzheimer's and we moved her in with us when my Dad could no longer care for her. She often lost bladder/bowel control, etc. and the only thing that bothered me about it was she felt embarrassed that her daughter had to do this for her. I would be comforting and reassuring. I had a CNA that cared for my Mom when I was at work. I am eternally grateful to the excellent care she provided.
LovingLife123, I appreciate your raw and gritty honestly, I know you are only trying to offer guidance to a very green individual. I do want to assure you that I am not doing this to fix unhappiness in my life, that has nothing to do with it. I am happy, lol. Sure, I have my off days just like everyone else but I am not trying to fill some empty void, etc.
I am signing up for CNA classes in June, followed by clinicals. I am applying for contingent patient escort and sitter jobs now to get some experience. Thank you again for taking the time to offer encouragement, caution, opinions, and your experience. All is welcomed!