If you are thinking about changing careers to nursing (or any career) you are not alone. As we get older, we start to take inventory of ourselves and we feel that time is running out on us. This usually happens when we are in out mid to late thirties. Changing careers can totally overwhelming for some because there are many misconceptions that scare people out of changing. Here are some specifically related to information about a nursing career.
It's too late in life for me to change.
Well you're not getting younger but don't let that stop you. However, take it from someone who's changed careers a few times all ready. It's worth trying if you want to change careers. If you're interested in becoming a nurse then you need to seize the moment and become one. In fact, many people become nurses later on in their lives when they are considering a career change because it's a very rewarding career. Ask yourself this question: If you're unhappy with your career now, do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering what could have been if you switched careers to nursing?
I don't want to start off on an entry level salary again.
Even though money shouldn't be the only reason for becoming a nurse, the starting salary happens to be very good. In fact you'll be more than satisfied because nurses can start out around 45,000 per year. However, that is only the beginning. Once you get more nursing experience, you can create opportunity to make more money. Make sure you continue your education during your nursing career. After getting a masters or a doctorate degree, you can use your expertise to be a consultant for a hospital.
I'll never be able to afford nursing school.
The good news is you're not the only one who is overwhelmed with the prices of schools and training these days. This is a concern for many middle class families. Especially since your switching careers, you're probably more concerned about paying for your children's schooling. However, finnancial aid may be the answer to help you pay for school. There may be financial aid programs where you start paying the loan back after you graduate. Your first step here is to talk to your guidance counselor.
Whether you are wondering to switch your career or get into nursing, there are many things to be concerned about. However, make sure you clear up any concerns you may have so you can move forward with your career change.