so you want to be a nurse.
congratulations. don't think about it too much. begin applying for nursing schools. some are more difficult than others to get into. as you apply and wait, then you can get more and more information on what it is like to be a nurse.
i laugh at why i became a nurse. my whole family was educators. i was the baby in the family. they all had phd's masters ect, taught college, were principles, you name it. i thought they were all so brilliant that i could never be able to educate myself to that level. i thought it was too difficult. so, silly my.... i knew i needed an education.
i thought to myself, what would be the easiest way to get an education, just so i could feel par with my family all they way feeling it would have to be "an easy" major. i thought to myself....ok...nursing. for some reason, i equated nursing to a course in basket weaving 101. dah!
long story short. i did nursing school. i have been a nicu nurse for 25 years.
benefits of being a nurse are:
always a job
no other job can you work part time and make as much money (so if being a mom is in the forefront, you can always choose to just work
a couple of shifts a week, be a good "stay at home mom" and
also have a social life and make decent money.
nursing can lead into business careers as well.
you can work for companies in corporate american as a nurse consultant.
you have the ability to make a difference.
you have the ability to show and feel compassion :angel2:
you can always change your area of expertise in nursing. it can develop into multiple careers if you like.
i give nursing a thumbs up. my daughter is now nicu nurse. she graduated two years ago. she loves it. it took her forever to get through college. i was adamant that she not be a nurse. so she kept beginning majors and then feeling trapped into the job market after graduation, working part time due to being a mom (which was something she desired) and making decent money. she swictch careers after three years of other majors and she hasn't regretted it one bit. she made 50 grand last year. that was her second year out of school. she probably worked about 10 extra shifts a year, but tell me where else can you do that so quickly working for someone else.
certain nursing jobs you are committed to nights, holidays, weekends and everything inbetween. that would be hospital staff and such. if these issues really bother you, then you can choose something in nursing or within the field that isn't that way.
some will argue pay. but it is all reletive. nurses work hard and are professionals. sometimes pay and benefits don't seem always to compensate for the pay. but that can be argued in any "service" type job.