I've been dx'd with MS and have chronic pain. However, i do not wish to just sit at home, idly doing nothing. When my mom became sick with Copd at age 58, i learned all i could about her condition. I knew when her theopoline (sp) was toxic and to take my time pushing her wheelchair as it prevented the (out of breath feeling). I also knew that due to lack of oxygen she became sleepy alot and that the usual cause of death was right sided heart failure-result of the heart trying to help the lungs/becoming enlarged/eventually failing.
My dad soon became ill with RA, and he had a very severe form of it. Ended up convulsing and breaking his hip so I again was a caregiver. In between the two deaths I worked on behavior modification with an autistic child.
Im 46, but my life was spent in the military. Now i suddenly feel pulled toward medicine. I have a friend that her son was very sick. The general pract gave him benedryl and prednisone. He became sicker. An ER said strep but since he had a rash they wouldn't give him antibiotics (accused the mom of giving him penicillan). At any rate once I saw his hurting knees, i told my friend that i believed he had Rheumatic Fever (although it was very uncommon now). We rushed him to the hospital and sure enuff, it was.
That is one example of probably 15 more times that I was correct concerning neighbors and family. I find myself absorbing what I dont even try to learn. If its medical it just sticks in my head. So I began to wonder if I should do something about it.
A professor of surgery and of urology was giving me my urodynamics test and while i was taking in 750cc's (the detrusor never made an attempt), we had time to talk. When I told her about what ive been through. She said I should at my age become a nurse's practitioner. I had been approved 100% funding at age 33 but turned it down, thinking I was too old HA>
I've had several health care professional's take me aside and tell me that I need to go back to school and become a nurse or a nurse's pract. It's happened at least 5 times.
Now where I'm stupid at , is where to begin. My friend sent me some links to Morehead for online classes. What classes would I start with? I have no clue at all. I've never been inside of a college much less know any of there terminology.
I know I want to start classes as soon as possible which would probably be June, I just need to know what I should take in the beginning that would have me in the direction of Rn or General pract/ Do, etc.... Classes that would be for beginners to get me lined up with what I need.
Also is there somewhere that I can find a list of classes needed for different jobs such as Practinioners vs Nurses and so on? A list that would tell me the classes required for particular positons?
Thanks alot, Ive never taken an online class and am very excited to begin. I just would love to make certain that I dont waste any choices that can't be applied later.
For example if I wanted to be a Do, where would i find the criteria? A nurse pract, where would i find the classes needed? An RN, where " " " "?
Every day brings us closer to what we reach for .........in all things.
Post Edited (Kiera) : 1/8/2008 5:02:15 AM (GMT-7)