Should I be a nurse?
August 1, 2005 12:16 PM Subscribe
Should I go back to school to be a nurse?
posted by smartyboots to work & money (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the story - I'm 37 years old and was an art major in college 15 years ago - before I dropped out. Since then I got pretty good at playing banjo and at web design and development, which lately has qualified me for some extremely boring temp admin jobs. After four years of looking for a full time job "in my field", I'm ready to change fields.
The career I keep coming back to is nursing. There are a number of reasons - it's not going to vanish like the web stuff did, it requires a brain and, probably most importantly, it would actually allow me to genuinely help other people. I got the idea when I was the primary caregiver for someone with cancer, and the more I saw good nurses at work the more I thought it would be a worthwhile thing to do.
Drawbacks - I have mountains of debt that is not getting repaid because I haven't had a decent job in almost four years, so I assume I don't qualify to loans or financial aid, and I'm scared to check. Also, I live in the SF Bay Area, which is expensive, and I'm terrified of going to school and trying to pay rent at the same time.
Are you a nurse? Or an old person who has lots of debt and gone back to college? I'd love to hear what you have to say on the subject.