I guess I jumped right in with my questions and did not properly introduce myself. I must say I have really learned a lot in a short time here and am very appreciative of the help and encouragement I have received!
I have been teaching for about 20 years and rasing kids for 10 before that so I am older than most of you. I have always wanted to go to nursing school, even back at Penn State as an undegrad but was too imtimidated by the science courses.
When I tell folks I am taking pre-reqs and searching for a program, they either laugh at me, tell me I am crazy, or say they admire me (mostly the first two), except my own three kids who are very proud of me. I have three in college, twins at West Point and Annapolis and a daughter about to graduate from Tech Colege.
I have been taking care of other people my whole life, but I have always been particularly interested in medicine and now that on-line classes and accelerated programs are here--I am going to give it my best shot. Even though I am older-I do not feel old inside-and know that if the good Lord wills it, I have about 15 more good years of work in me.
Why not do something that has always interested me? I will keep going till someone tells me I can't, and even then I will probably just do some more leg work to find a different way in. In the future I may want to return to overseas work, or simply work in a hospital peds ward. I am returning home from China where I have worked for the last 9 years and look forward to the next adventure. Thanks for all your help! Lizard3
P.S. I teach high school English and always tell my female students-you can be anything you want--not like in my day when women were pretty much teachers or nurses. Then they say, "But Mrs. May--I thought you liked being a teacher"
"I do" I reply.
"But if you could do something else--what would it be?" they ask.
"Why, a nurse!" I reply.