Wow, this is quite the site. I will have lots and lots of reading to do!
First, I am amazed by the number of people that have made a huge career change by returning to school to study nursing. Also, I can't believe the amount of information available here. It is interesting that no matter where we live, what school we go to, or what program we are in..we all have similar questions, fears, doubts, ..and enthousiasm for our studies!
So me: A man, 40-something, 2 teenage kids (my greatest supporters), work a few hours a month as a Patient Care Attendant. Otherwise, really busy with classes. It isn't easy going back to school after all these years and at my age .. the 4 or 5 remaining brain cells have to look for each other every morning before class and pledge to work together the whole day
Its working out.
I have a BA in Psych, an MBA in Organizational Psych and Labor Relations. I have worked on behalf of school boards then in a not-for-profit helping children with learning difficulties, and the last 11 years in a large charitable organization associated with a children's hospital. In all cases, I worked in a financial/administrative capacity.
I have always volunteered. Always. As a grown-up
in my children's school. As a Scout Leader with the younger children (7-8 years old). And for the last 5 years with the Red Cross as a First Responder. We cover major events in the city like the Jazz Fest. So, I guess I have always been helping people in one capacity or another. This latter experience and my contact with the hospitals patients, parents, nurses, doctors made me think: Hey, I would like to do something like that!
I think career changes come about differently for each one of us. Lets just say, I had a 'defining moment' 6 years ago that sort of changed my outlook on life, my life. And slowly, carefully, like any finance guy :chuckle ' I worked out my plan to go back to school.
I don't have a spouse so this is a major challenge on so many fronts but I have quite successfully completed my first semester. I am not certain how schooling compares between Canada and the US but I am in an accelerated program (2 years) at the College Level. I could go to university to get this degree (and may eventually) but, at this point in my career, I thought I had been a manager for long enough and wanted to get back out into the work force as soon as possible...so this is the fastest and cheapest route for me.
Well, there is so much to say. I will be back. Thanks.