CODE BLUE! Trauma team-critical!! Stroke Alert!! STEMI Alert! Clean up in room six! All this jargon can be heard over the intercoms on any given day at my job as an ER registered nurse. Straight out of the TV shows right? Initially lured by the luster of TV shows like House, Grey’s Anatomy, and even Scrubs, I entered into the nursing field guided by the promise of finding work due to a nursing shortage, earning good money, and working three 12-hour shifts with multiple days off. What’s not to like? Well…odd hours, lack of sleep, being on call, distance from family, angry patients, angry doctors, bodily fluids (not just blood!), and chapped hands, horribly, horribly chapped hands.
I’m not bad-mouthing nursing at all; it’s a wonderful profession that’s rewarding and honorable. I’ve been doing it for a while and like to think I’m good at it, but it turns out it’s just not for me. Five years later I feel like I’m back where I started and am searching for my true career calling.
At 37 years old I’m changing careers and my entire outlook on life. I am going back to school to study my true love: literature. The humanities have always held a special place in my heart and are what I initially entered into. After a slight detour, I’m back at Arizona State University’s online campus and am loving it!
When I saw that ASU went online and offered my degree of choice, I was overjoyed. It feels natural to open my books and do what I love. I do engage in long nights of studying and reading and must work to schedule my daughter’s homework in with my own, but it is worth it!
Working full time while being a full time parent, an avid runner, and once again a full time student can be daunting, but I’m getting through this and will not stop until I graduate in May 2015 with my Bachelor of Arts in English. After graduation, I hope to pursue work in teaching, writing, editing, advertising, and maybe even journalism.
The sky’s the limit!