I have been reading and following here for a while without posting but I want some feedback (please) on this.
First off, I am 28, male, and in sales in the computer industry... and bored senseless! Yes making decent money and that is important but not everything!
I have a BS in bio and am planning to return this fall for a BSN in a 16 month acclerated program. I live in San Diego and most nurse friends I have enjoy their job... one is 29 and makes 80K per year and is not an agency or travel nurse. That may not be the norm and yes it is expensive to live here but others I talked to said you can start pretty close to 50K/year.
I have always wanted something in the health field and nursing seems to me to be a good choice. You can be a generalist or specialize and switch when you get bored. You can also go back for an NP or CRNA degree for more autonomy and more money.
I shadowed a CRNA recently and seems like a nice job and they are very in demand as are all nurses right now. I am hoping to get my BSN, go into an ICU dept, work for a year or more then on to CRNA school... but if that doesn't happen I still think with all the publicity and the shortage things will improve in the near future, at least financially...
Any advice or comments are appreciated.