Hi all ! i am new here and this is my first post. Im sure there are posts here all the time like this, but I would really , genuinelly appreciate some honest advice and insight !
I'm thinking of becoming a nurse. I already have a BS in Psych. and am wrapping up with a Masters in Counseling but have recently learned that counseling just isn't for me for a variety of reasons.
First off, there are very few opportunities for counselors here in TX that aren't bilingual (and no i'm not interested at all in school counseling). I was originally interested in a position in a hospital or nursing home but recently learned that these positions are filled by social workers. Second, counseling is a bit too slow paced for me. Third, the pay is a tad low and I don't care for the hours (8-5 m-f, I"m more of a night person) . I could go on and on with the reasons but I will spare you. Bottom line, I wish I would have been more informed when I decided to pursue a career in counseling. Now that I've learned more about it and learned the profession is very limited here in my area, my heart is NOT in it. So here I am thinking of nursing. I love the idea of working nights and even working 12s. I love the idea that I can **really** touch lives and help people who want to get well (for the most part). I like the fast pace and the fact that nurses seem to always seem busy.
My question, I guess, is would you recommend someone like me to pursue nursing ?? If you had to do it over again, would you ? Is 26 too 'old' ??
I'm going to go ahead and finish up my MA mostly because my hubby is inisisting ! :chuckle But I really feel drawn to nursing and have for quite some time and would seriously like to apply to the ADN program next fall. I just don't want to make the mistakes I made pursuing counseling -- being uninformed. ANY words of wisdom would be appreciated !!!!!!!
THANK YOU !!!!!!!