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    Second Thoughts on Becoming a Nurse

    I appreciate everyone's candor. Of course, I was hoping for more positive feedback but I wasn't hanging my hat on it. I know that the last 15 months have only made an already tough job unbearable for some. I don't blame anyone who advises against this. I am grateful to those who have taken the time to share and, because of that, I have read each post carefully and seriously. I was a paralegal in my first career and, though I would never compare it to what a nurse takes on daily, I have advised people to run fast and hard from that profession. Everything is relative. I love medicine. I love science. I love problem solving and research. I love taking care of people, even when they don't want me to. 🙂 I thought, despite the stress and the difficulties, this would answer those desires and get me working. In another life, I would of started this much earlier. I am not privileged nor young enough to kick back into a long, educational path without working. I thought this may get me into the field and answer a call to service. I am not romanticizing this profession in the least but I am in awe of each and every one of you. I know none of you signed up for what has been thrown at you.Thank you for your continued advice on this thread. It has given me some things to think about. I sincerely hope all of you find some peace and appreciation in what you do.
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    Second Thoughts on Becoming a Nurse

    I am here looking for opinions and guidance from those in the field. I will be entering a nursing program in Spring and am having second thoughts. I am an older student (late 40s) and put my desire of entering the nursing field on hold for many years. During the early stages of the pandemic, I felt a call to fulfill this more than any other time in my life. Subsequently, I turned my Covid layoff into an opportunity, went back to school, completed all pre-reqs and was accepted. However, I did not anticipate the amount of vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers and the fact that I live in a state with no vaccine requirements for schools and healthcare workers as well as a leading transmission rate of the Delta variant. ( I am fully vaccinated). This is coupled with fluctuating opinions of many nurses I know personally advising that the industry has changed and they have been treated as expendable and to run hard and fast to something else in the medical field. This has me doubting my decision and questioning if I am unnecessarily putting my family at risk in pursuit of something that, according to others, may not be what I had built it up to be. (I should mention I am being offered a place in a Microbiology bachelor's program so I do have options but it is a long, competitive road to a master's and I need to provide for my family now.) If you had to do it all over again, would you become a nurse? Would you go into another field? Do you think an older individual would have a rougher time at present? I get that this may sound whiney but I have met some tired, angry nurses lately who are ready to chuck it all if they have not done so already. Thanks all.