So, I’ve been thinking of going back and getting a second degree, in nursing. It’s been rumbling around in my head for years, and I keep coming back to it and saying, “why NOT?”
Specifically, I am looking into Texas Tech’s “One-Year, Web-Based BS-to-BSN.” Or in English, I will be building on my previous bachelor’s degree, going through a one-year nursing program, and winding up with a 4-year nursing degree, the preferred way to get your RN license. I do have 7 prerequisite classes I have to take before I can enroll in the program, though: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Pathophysology, Statistics, The Science of Nutrition and Human Development (Psych class). I’ve already confirmed with Tech that those are the only classes I’d have to have before entering the nursing program. I’ll probably wind up taking most at a local community college.
My reasons for going into nursing are many. I always felt like that’s something I would have loved to do, but I was formerly led to believe it required you to be a near-genius in math. I love helping people, and I love the thought of making a difference in the world. I really love that the job outlook for nursing is good, and that I could potentially work only part-time on weekends (or whatever would be best for our family) and still make a decent wage. If we wind up home-schooling our kids long-term, which I would love, this might be a perfect solution.
I know in the past the timing hasn’t been right. But I think things may just be working out for me to start the process soon. I’ve really been trying hard to discern God’s will in all of this … I asked that He would show me clearly what I was supposed to do by letting the doors slam shut in my face if it wasn’t meant to be. Specifically, I had two hurdles: passing an entrance exam and getting a student loan. I passed my Anatomy entrance exam (after trying to resuscitate 10-plus-year-old biology knowledge), and from everything I can tell, the loan is going to work out as well. So, it appears the doors are open to this new career path …
But for some reason I’m nervous, or even hesitant, about it. Probably because I know it’s going to be a lot of really hard work, and I’m going to be asking my family to make a lot of sacrifices while I’m in school. During that one-year nursing program, I’m definitely going to have to have the kids in school full-time, and probably in day-care after school. Honestly, that may not be such a bad thing for me for a very selfish reason … I don’t want to do the dirty work of teaching them the finer points of handwriting and reading. I mean, we’ve already started on both … but I certainly don’t relish it. I want to get to the good part, where I can wow them with tales from history and cool science projects. Isn’t that terrible of me?
So, anyway .. that’s where I’m at. Since December, I’ve been looking into the nursing thing, but I was holding off mentioning it until it seemed like it was really going to happen … Lord willing.
I’ll keep you updated.