I know I’ve talked a lot in this blog about applying for nursing school after getting my pre-requisites done. And I’ve done a lot of work already, at least in terms of what I have to have done so that I can actually put an application together. But – sometimes things happen that can push us in directions we didn’t expect to head in. This was especially true for me this past week.
Martha and I were talking over the weekend about this and what it would take to get to where we want me to be. And it occurred to me that nursing wasn’t really what I had in mind all along. When we talked about it before, I was on board with the idea of doing something with nursing, preferably in terms of advanced practice. But I’d always wanted something different. Not because I didn’t have interest in nursing per se, but I’ve always had an interest in medicine.
It is a little different; nursing practice compared to medical practice, while ultimately directed and care for the sick and injured, has a different sort of take out of the nursing realm. And Paramedics have this different view. Much of what we do is narrower in scope that what nurses do, admittedly, but the things that we do have incredible impact. And to this day I am all over that.
Nothing makes me feel like I did the right thing than seeing what happens when interventions I perform actually make a positive difference in someone’s life, health, and well-being. And I don’t think I’ll ever lose that feeling.
With that said, and no disrespect intended toward nursing, I changed my mind about what I want to pursue. I decided to go back to what I wanted to do in the first place.
I’ve decided to apply to PA school instead. Granted, it will take me a little longer to get the pre-requisite course I need done, but I’ll just do it. I figure I’ve had to handle worse things. And, as I mentioned, it is what I wanted to do initially. And had I known how much I like what I do and have aptitude for it, I would have gotten into the healthcare profession much sooner. And I would have probably attempted to get into medical school instead.
While PA school isn’t medical school, it’s close. And I’ll be able to do a fair amount as a PA, plus I still plan to keep my medic credentials.
And as I write this, I’m taking a break from studying for a practical final that’s coming up this Friday. So we’ll get that done, too.