I have been considering a career switch to nursing (I am currently a lawyer). My ultimate goal would be to pursue a MSN, but in the meantime I need a BSN. My wife is currently in grad school, so I won't be applying to a BSN program until she is graduated and employed - fall 2011 at the earliest.
Since I have decided that my first career choice was the wrong one, I would like as much information as possible before making a second career choice. The problem is this: how do I get real world information about the day-to-day practice of nursing, about specialties, about what to expect working in a hospital versus a doctor's office, etc.? I am in Houston, Texas and would plan on staying here, so although I would like any input regardless of location I would particularly appreciate any Houston RNs or NPs answering any or all of the following questions for me:
- Are you an RN or NP?
- What is your specialty?
- What are your hours? Are they flexible?
- What is the salary range for your specialty?
- What are your likes and dislikes about your specialty? What daily do you find rewarding/stressful? Are you happy?
- If you have experience in another specialty, are there any contrasts between the two that you think are important to know?
- What skills/personality traits do you think are vital to success in your specialty?
- Anything you wish you knew before becoming a nurse? Anything else you want to tell me/any other questions I should be asking?
Again, I will appreciate any information I can get. Thank you.