So, a little background about myself: I am a 27yo male, I work in production for a pharmaceutical company in Irvine Ca. I have been at this company for going on 10 years. I enjoy what I do to an extent. Basically, I run a machine that produces IV's from saline to Heparin and am responsible for the overall quality and output of the units (33 bags/min). I work 12hrs/days 3-4 days a week and I adore my schedule and pay is decent (much more than I would be making as a CNA; I have an active license.) Being that I am pursing a career in nursing, and the fact that I have become so good at my job that it no longer keeps my attention ( im literally on this forum for 12hrs while at work) I am desperate to make a transition into direct patient care. I have 1 month experience as a CNA. But coupled with my full time job, learning a new job as a CNA, and taking pre-req's, I decided to quit the CNA gig as the stress of managing these three commitments was a little more than what I had anticipated. I did like the work, I felt free! Didn't mind the poo! I enjoyed talking to real people! I don't get much person to person interaction at my current job. Nonetheless, I am still struggling to leave my job simply due to the fact that Iv'e been there for so long and was recently promoted (same job more pay). I am often in regret over my decision to stay at this company for more pay seeing as how it is no longer fulfilling work for me, and I originally got my CNA cert. in order to accrue points for relative work experience which I could apply to the nursing program at my community college. My question is: Has anyone had similar struggles of transitioning from another profession into health care? How did you manage to make the transition? Would you leave your job with more seniority and benefits in order to pursue a career that you desired even if the pay was less?
Thanks in advance for any input