Tuesday, June 3, 2008

To Nurse or Not to Nurse

I need your opinions.

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a nurse. I've been once again mulling over the thought of going to nursing school.

The sight of blood doesn't creep me out (vomit's a different story but maybe I could get past that) and I thoroughly enjoy helping people. Besides, I think there is something inherently rewarding about being a nurse. I think living your life by trying to ease the suffering of others lends a certain contentment at the end of the day. Also, there is a huge shortage of nurses and I worry about the future of our country's healthcare. I have more time on my hands now that my kids are older. Okay - those are the pros to being a nurse.

Here are the cons (and there are quite a few).
*I'm old - 38
*Doctors - they have a reputation of being rude and demanding to nurses
*It will take at least two years to get the degree - the faster programs are considerably more expensive.
*Patients dying
*My dad and husband need my help with their real estate business (maybe I could do this on the side?)
*Do I have it in me to go back to school?
*I'm old - this seems to be a big hang up for me

So what do you think? Should I go for it and ignore the fears or are the fears trying to tell me something? Please give me your honest thoughts. I can take it... =)


Frumpy Luv said...

Whatever to being old!!!! Lots of people work these days past the age of 65 - that gives you 25 years in that career if you so desire - that is massive still!! I say go for it. If it is something you have always wanted to do and you have been feeling that "niggling" feeling about it - jump in with both feet!!! If it's the wrong path you will know pretty quickly, and you probably won't be out too much time or $ - that's my guess.

Frumpy Luv said...

p.s., my husband has a woman who is in her 50s in his class in grad school, and they all still have another 5 years until they are done - and she's totally happy to be where she's at ...

Anonymous said...

girl...more power to ya! if you have a Nurse's Heart (and it sounds like you do) I say GO FOR IT!! You will ALWAYS have job security & this world needs some good, caring, loving LDS nurses!

COMcewens said...

38 isnt old! My good friend just went back to Nursing school and she is much older than 38. Here is how I see it, what a better nurse you would be, when you have the ability to hear the spirit. What patient wouldnt benefit from that? Go for it!

Redhoodoos said...

Thank you all for the motivation and kind words. I'm really going to give it some hard thought in the next few days. I appreciate the advice very much! =)

Anonymous said...

Let us know what you decide! :)

Anonymous said...

I just watched an after school special and I'm convinced you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Seriously, you're not old and I know you "have it in you" to go back to school. I once heard someone say that if you are thinking about getting another job too much it's a pretty clear sign that you should get another job. If you are thinking about this change too much it may be a sign that you are ready for another challenge.


*Editors note: Brian knows nothing.

Marilyn said...

Hi-I don't know if you will see this because it is an older post-I just became acquainted with you-but my oldest daughter is a nurse...Labor & Delivery. She LOVES it. She says she can handle vomit, can handle poop, can handle blood, but snot really grosses her out-so even nurses can get grossed out.

Briana said...

Good for people to know.