Well I'm getting ready to head to a Community College I'd attended years back. I have to take a math placement test as its been 12 years since I had a math class there and the timeframe is up. I've decided to go back and get my Associates Degree in Nursing to become an RN. I've been an LPN since 1994. I've attempted to return 3 times in the past but tragedy occured with each attempt.....a miscarriage, took care of my mother (terminal illness) and then my father had a stroke and I had to care for him. I'm a bit worried as my luck so far hasn't been well but I'm going to think positively from this moment on and I will get through it all with no problems. If all works out I should be done and have my degree the Summer of 2008.
I'm limited on what jobs I can do as an LPN and I'm tierd of seeing interesting jobs I'd like to apply for but can't because I don't have my RN. I'm still not sure what specialty I want to work in for sure. I figure I'll sort that out with my exposure during clinicals to different settings. I'm thinking of Hospice Nurse, Surgery, Cancer Center, Dialysis, ER or some other area in the hospital. I'm thinking of traveling to Indianapolis to work at Rileys Childrens Hospital. But like I said I'm not sure yet. So far I've worked in Doctors Offices and Nursing Homes and I just feel like there is so much more I'm suppose to be doing.
After taking care of mom during her terminal illness and then dad with his stroke 10 months later I took a long break away from nursing and wasn't sure I'd return. I think I just needed to heal my heart and I knew that I couldn't deal with any further sickness or death is why I walked away for awhile (10 months). But one day I woke up and just felt the need to go back to work and so I made the call and was hired that day. Then a week passed and I decided it was time to go back to school. Who knows maybe mom and dad are giving me the inspiration