I"ve been doing the same thing (office admin/administrative assistant type) for over 10 years. I had a few brief waitressing stints inbetween the 2 long term jobs I've had. I'm working right now for a small business owned by my family and the pay is sucky to say the least. I'm a recently divorced single mom of 4, and drowning financially. I'm looking at loosing my house in the very near future, and probably going bankrupt as well. Sigh. I'm looking at the same salary for at least a year if I stay here, and marginal increase if I start looking for another job in the same field. At most, I could maybe land a job paying $100 bucks more then what I make now.
So, I'm thinking about getting into nursing. And just briefly talking to a few people (my bf's SIL who's a rn and my brother who's a paramedic), I'm getting so confused..lol
The options as I see them are a) start in a nursing home. They will give paid training to be a CNA, and over the course of the next 18-24 mnths you can work your way up to RN, but you end up "owing" them 3-5 years of employment. Benefits..I get paid as I go. Or b) go to a 2 yr RN program thru the local nursing college, which Idk how that all works...do you get paid to work as you go through school? Would I have to keep my current job and do FT school on top of that? ACK! and they want transcripts, and GED proof, etc....I haven't been in school since I was 16, and got my GED when I was 18. I have no college at all.
IDk how this all works, and I'm intimidated by it.
So..long story short...who has switched careers in thier 30's? What did you switch from/to? Anyone who has become a RN that would have advice on the best way to get there? Anyone with any advice at all?