So, how did I get here and why did I choose to leave a good career to start all over?
One word: Impact.
In my late 20s and early 30s I was in a state of searching. After college, I worked in retail management, and insurance education for a healthcare company. Even though I worked with great people, I needed something more. I knew I wanted to have a larger and more direct impact on a person’s health. After going through my options and doing some soul searching, the best choice for me was nursing. Nursing offers an in-demand career that has a variety of different fields you can work in and advancement opportunities that only continue to grow. Of course, most importantly for me, the ability to directly impact a person’s health wholistically.
I researched the requirements for the nursing programs I knew I was going to apply to and began to take the pre-requisites (we will do a post on this later). After taking a CNA course, I landed a job as a nursing assistant at a local hospital. I am very glad I had this experience, even if it meant taking a HUGE pay cut. You learn A LOT. From a “low level” position you get to understand the company culture, unit specifics, expectations of different team members and what the true values of the company/hospital are. I highly recommend this.
As I write this, I am halfway through my nursing program, and am still a part-time nursing assistant. This path isn’t without its challenges, but it has been worth it.
Make the decision that is best for you. And breathe…