I would like to have some outside opinions, thoughts, advice, or wisdom on something I'd like to do pertaining to my FUTURE in Healthcare. You can share your personal experiences or stories too! I'd truly would love to read.
Without going into a ton of details about my personal life (and not to bore you), I currently work at a hospital (4 1/2 years, almost 5 years). I worked throughout the whole 4 1/2 years in Nutritional Services (Food services). I got a job on a med surge/Cardiac floor just about a year ago. I currently do BOTH jobs and enjoy them very much. Always wanted to be a Nurse, and was on a set path and was going for it for a couple years and then some things happened that put me back and had some on and off discouragement. I am currently taking a break and maybe down the road and in the near future, I will pursue my goal again, but I am very content and happy now.
From Nutritional Services alone, I have learned how to distinguish between different diet orders, supplements, tube feedings, Fluid Restrictions, Carb counts, how to interact with patients and their families, and countless other things. (I love it)
I am NOT a Certified Nurse's Aide. Was trained a couple months and went through Orientation for about a week to become a Care Attendant (Nurse's Aide).
***Lately it has been on my mind and heart to do SECRETARY work. I was asked if I wanted to be cross-trained to do secretary work and still be an Aide. I declined it at the time because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to sit at a desk doing secretary work for 12 ½ hours (my shift/nights). Gave it a lot of thought and decided that I'd actually really WANT to be trained.
I am very passionate for the Medical field and very intrigued with it. I love the hospital setting. I truly just want to learn and soak in as much as I can and even if things don't work out for nursing school, I would be completely fine. I truly want to absorb the many tasks, Medical terms, assignments and even the pressures of Secretary work.
IF I decide to continue onto Nursing school, I WANT to be ready for the vigorous, countless hours studying and the stress of the classes, clinical and exams.
***I would like to get my CNA license (to be certified, taught on the books, and with instructors) and have practice for exams and test taking. I also WANT to do secretary work.***
I know it'd help if I became a Nurse, but if not, I'm very much satisfied and happy.
Thoughts? Personal stories? Advice? I'd love to hear from you guys.
Thanks so much for reading. I know it's a bit lengthy. I am just excited for the next season in my life.