I am a male student pursuing a degree in Nursing and I am currently finishing up my prerequisite courses for admission into the nursing program at my college. My ultimate goal is to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I will be applying for the third time soon for the next semester and since our applications are points-based, I am concerned I may not get in this time due to my two incomplete prerequisites, which leads me to believe I may be hitting dead ends with nursing because I intended to get in this upcoming semester. Ever since I was a child, I've been a nurturer. Yes, I am indeed a guy, I believe I have all the masculine traits that society/psychology places on us, but when I was very young my family was broken up. I was raised by my mother, grandmother, and grandfather and had to learn very quickly to take care of myself & my siblings if there was no one else to do it. I have worked in numerous childcare settings over the years (volunteer & paid) and have always had a heart for caring for children. In my experience, they teach you so much and there is nothing quite like seeing a child happy because of the positive influence you made on their lives. For that reason, I have chosen to specialize in pediatrics, specifically in pediatric neurology due to personal experience with neurological disorders in children. For a while, I've also had interest in working with law enforcement. I'm not as interested in local law enforcement as I am in federal. I'll watch a TV show or movie that involves investigations & such like Law & Order and it's like my mind tells me, "You could do that. You could get a job with the FBI or something and protect people, including children." But the more and more I research it, the more and more I'm drawn to nursing. But I also believe that I must have had this interest in law enforcement for a reason. I am big on family, family means everything to me. I want a career that allows me to give back to children & the community in a huge way, but also allows me to be with my wife & children when they need me because I missed a lot of that as a child not having a father in the home. With nursing, there are so many options within the field in terms of flexibility and work/life balance. Whether or not you want to work in an acute care setting or primary, whether or not you want to work in PICU or the ER, etc. and that is one of the reasons I am drawn to it. Yes, I understand that there is such a thing as overtime and being on-call, but after comparing it to working for the federal government, it seems a lot less demanding. So, in summation, I am a male student working towards a degree in nursing and ultimately becoming a Pediatric NP. I am torn between nursing and federal law enforcement careers. I want a job that allows me to be with family as much as possible, but also allows me to give back to my community. I am posting this in the "Men in Nursing" forum because I do also have a concern about obtaining a position in pediatrics while being a guy, and I'm hoping there may be an "expert" out there who can give me some pointers. I feel like I have bounced around, so if there is anything I need to elaborate on, please let me know and I appreciate any feedback.