Well, this would be a long response.....if I have time later I will come back on and revisit this. For now, suffice it to say that I really just don't like working in an office setting and just pushing papers all day. Before law school I taught profoundly handicapped students and even working in a nursing home for a while (social services). I really thrived in those settings. However, since I DO like research, writing and theory, I thought I should go and get a career that involved those skills. That's why I turned to law. I am not a trial lawyer -- and nor would I want to be. I literally push papers ALL DAY LONG. I've realized that this is not the way I want to work. I want to have a job that involved being "on my feet," interacting with people, serving in a helping capacity. I love working in a hospital/facility setting -- I found that even where those settings have some depressing elements, you can still feel a throbbing pulse of LIFE. That is hard to find in an office building. I've taken some public health courses, and I've gone on dental/medical mission trips where I serve as a teacher/assistant, and I've realized that advanced degrees in Public Health or Health Administration are going to seem like more of what I already have -- a degree that helps me push papers, but doesn't provide any sort of hands-on, clinical skill set that I can put to use in a career or, at the very least, in a mission capacity. After quite a bit of soul-searching, I've realized that a nursing degree from a top school with some research focus (with or without a PhD) could provide everything I'm looking for.....the hands-on skillset, the healthcare credentials, the opportunities to do scholarship
without being tied to a life of sitting in an office, etc.
Are these expectations unrealistic?