I just wanted to say HI and also add how this site is fantastic. I am 40 years old, married with 2 kids. I worked as a manager in a retail furniture store for 15 years; left that and study medical transcription, which I began last May and love! While I love it, I don't like the solitude of it, and silnce I am at home and can work when I want, I find I work all the time. I don't know that I have always had a passion to do nursing, but have thought about it often as I have gotten older, especially when my father passed away at 50 of lung cancer. I thought of it but figured I couldn't do it or kept telling myself that anyway. After doing the transcription and seeing how well I picked it up (it all doesn't sound so foreign anymore) I thought maybe I can. I have several friends who are nurses or are in school and so far they all love it. I do love to help people. I don't think I get to grossed out, (after having kids especially, LOL). I think if I can get over the confidence issue I just might be pretty good at it. At least a couple of my friends tell me that, LOL. I am just now looking into signing up for the pre-req's. It is exciting to think of starting, but wow how scary. My kids are 10 and 12. I figure starting now they will be old enough to be home if I am at work. I just worry, as I am sure most you do/did, that the course load for full-time will be a hard impact on the family. But looking to the future I figure for a couple of years (maybe 3) of sacrifice, it would be so worth it. Anyway, look forward to this forum.
Jan 5, '07
Welcome to Allnurses! Good luck in all that you do.