Help! Desperately seeking advice before I turn my life upside down!

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    Tempest
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    I can’t stop thinking about becoming a nurse, but this is insane for a few reasons and I can’t talk to any of my friends or family about this, so here I am, begging for advice from those who might understand.

    First, the reasons that this impulse to be a nurse is totally insane: I am 30 years old, I already have three degrees (a bachelors and two masters), I just spent two years going through a difficult and demanding program to become an English teacher, I am in debt and the whole reason I went into the teaching program was so I could get a job right away and start earning some real money, my family already thinks I’m a direction-less child that can’t seem to get out of school and do anything productive, I can no longer get any kind of fin aid, I am supposed to be looking for a teaching job, I feel like I am way to OLD to be doing this!

    The reasons I want to be a nurse: I love taking care of people; for as long as I can remember I have had this impulse to take care of everyone (sometimes to the point of ignoring myself); While doing my student teaching one of the students hurt her knee and came into the classroom in a wheelchair, the few minutes I spent helping her in and out of the chair, and getting her foot propped up was more fulfilling (on a deep soul-searching level) than any time I spent at the front of the room teaching, I HATE teaching kids who would rather be on snapchat and who are 10000% clueless about the world around them; I feel like this world needs a lot of help and healing, I want to be part of that; I could travel and help people all over the world, The idea of going into the classroom everyday makes me want to jump off of something very tall, the idea of going to a hospital everyday sparks something deep inside of me that wants to learn everything and help everyone, The idea of going to a conference to learn about how to be a better teacher sounds deeply boring while going to a medical conference sounds like Disney World, I think I want to be a teacher for the wrong reasons, I think I want to be a nurse for the right reasons

    Sorry for the long post and I hope this shows a bit of my dilemma and please, any current nurses or nursing students, HELP! Am I crazy? Should I pursue this or should I just go be a teacher and stop thinking of all of the ways my life could have gone? Or am I finally figuring out what I really want?

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    I’m 30 years old…started a nursing program at 19..quit during pre requisites, started cosmetology school and graduated..worked maybe two months in a salon and about a year on the side. Started school again for nursing, quit. Went to school for medical assisting and was two months away from graduating when I quit and started an LPN program. I just graduated and I am the happiest I’ve ever been. Every road takes us where we need to be!! Never stop or give up!!! Do what makes YOU happy!!!! I don’t care if you have 10 degrees, go after that 11th 🙂 as long as YOU are happy!

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    Thomasray
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    Tempest,

    I’ve taught school for 40 years and am changing my next career to healthcare, most likely nursing. You are very fortunate to know early that high school teaching is not for you. I could give you 100 reasons why you should not further your time in high schools, some you’ve listed already.But what is most important is that you follow your passion. Kids can smell your disinterest and lack of heart for the work you do as soon as you step foot on school property.

    No way are you too old. I’ve done the research myself as I pondered this question. In my recent findings, I’ve discovered that there are some doctors who are still practicing at 100 years old. There are some nurses still in practice in their nineties. I agree that 60 is the new 40, 70 is the new 50, and so on.

    Follow your passion, interests, and desires, otherwise you will lead a very horrible life. Know too, that your interest do change, be flexible and explore them. All the best to you!

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    ChristineT
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    If you’re too old then I’m ancient (eek!).

    Follow your bliss.

    Seriously.

    We spend 1/4 – 1/3 of our lives at work. Make sure that time doesn’t stink.

    I would also add, changing your mind about your career is utterly normal. Nearly anyone who thinks at age 21 they will know exactly what will make them happy for the rest of their days is either living in a dream world, working their way to fine midlife crisis in 2 decades, or suffering from a failure of imagination.

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