Actually , for me it was after I retired from the Air Force, I was 41 and I had close to 22 1/2 years in the service. I went to the junior college, talked to a guidance counselor and took a bunch of appitude tests, afterwards I went back to the guidance counselor and we descussed the results. The best match for me was college professor, and then anything in the Medical field. She asked me why I didn't go into one of the career fields I had been trained in, and worked in, while I was in the Air Force. I told her the Air Force had taken care of me for 20 plus years, sending me where they wanted me to go, and doing what they wanted me to do! It was time I grew up and started taking care of myself and persue a career entirely of my own choosing!
My mother had died the year before of colon cancer, you know, I so admired those hospice nurses that took care of her, I new that I wanted to do that, at least to take care of the sick if not dying people! Thus I chose Nursing! I was never much of a student in High School, but I honestly Loved college, all of it, and I excelled at it! I was very very close to the top with not quite a 4.0 grade average! I even helped tutor or mentor students, I felt old, and mature, and I was compared to most everyone else there, but I Loved the experience! I was so proud of myself when I graduated! I felt I had beat the odds, as I did not have the support of my wife and her family when I went back to school. Don't You know? , I was suppose to go directly to work after retiring! I mean, after all that training I had while in the military! First in Photography, then in Flight Simulators and then Communications/Data Processing. I had, had enough schooling and training! It was time to get to work! But other than Photography my heart was not in those other jobs, and I didn't feel Photography was a job to support a family on! But something, I can't explain it, just told me that Nursing was my calling! Maybe it was my deceased mother, she had been a nurses aid for many years! I don't know, but I knew I had to be a Nurse! Anyway after spending my first year of getting allot of the basics out of the way, and a few of the first Nursing courses, I worked part time at the local Hospital as a Nurse Extern on the Oncology Unit. I did that, the rest of my way through school!
I was finally an Adult!
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
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