This post is going to be a bit long so please bear with me because I really need some good advice. I am 26 years old and I work as a supervisor at a Pharmaceutical company. I only make 12 bucks an hour and that's not going to get me anywhere in life. I went to cosmetology school, but dropped out in order to do massage therapy instead. This is when I became fascinated with the human body and medicine. I studied medical terminology
for fun and constantly watch medical shows online and on TV. Eventually I began to look into becoming an RN and was attracted by the vast job opportunities and of course the money as well as helping people.
I decided to research more into the job and went on various nursing forums to read real accounts from people in the field rather than hearing a school tell me how glamorous the job is when all they want is my money. I must admit though after reading tons of high stress horror stories of RN's hating their jobs and feeling lost and confused and working horrendous hours really intimidated me. I then figured maybe I should start out slow and try to be a medical assistant and see how I do there. I've never worked in a hospital before so to just jump in seems too much of a risk. Then again it I also feel it could be my nerves talking me out of it and going for something more safe. Anyways here are my questions:
1. Should I start out as a med assistant before nursing school? Do any of you know how much a med asst makes per hour?
2. I always see nursing jobs around my way that advertise things like "Make your own hours" and "Work no nights, weekends or Holidays". Do hours exist like this or is the ad just a lure to get you in there and then 'whoops' those hours suddenly disappear and you're working crazy shifts.
3. Do you have to work in a hospital right out of RN school? I see jobs for RN's in Dr's offices a lot. Can I work there instead?
Hmmm I guess that's all my brain can think of for now. Any other things or advice I should know would be greatly appreciated! Sorry I'm so full of questions it's just that this is going to be my second career choice and my fiance is going to be working full time so I can quit my job and attend school full time as well. I don't want to put him through that stress and then fail out or graduate and then hate my job and quit.
Lord I'm not even in ANY school and I'm already stressed out!