On occasion when I diagnose a family member properly when they are having an ailment I will consider what it would cost me to return to school and become a nurse again. My husband would like me to become a nurse practitioner so I can prescribe medications to him so he doesn't need to go to a doctor. We shall see about him not seeing a doctor.
As this year has passed with my husband having a cholecystectomy, kids sick, friends children with earaches or bladder infections and then my own 2nd degree burns upon my body and a secondary infection of cellulitis in my left leg related to the burn, I find myself thinking more and more of returning to the field of education.
But then I think about my age. Can I go back at 50 and still learn like I used to do? My brain often feels tired and slow to remember. And yet if I returned to schooling for the next 6 years lets say. I would still have plenty of years to contribute back.
So today it occurred to me what I first need to do instead of stewing about returning to school and starting from step one again after 18 years. I am going to return to the hospital where I last worked as an emergency room nurse and find out what the recruiting team requires for nurses who have been inactive for so long. So simple. I need to know first before I decide what direction to move towards.
I wonder if starting an IV is like riding a bike?