After having kids, no matter how old they are, you start to think differently, and you certainly start to act differently. You have been thinking about returning to studying and returning back to work, but there just doesn’t seem like the right time. Perhaps you have had a corporate career prior to having kids. Or, perhaps your career was on hold. No matter what your previous situation, times have changed, and so too you. You have changed, developed, and grown as a mom, and the work you did prior to becoming a mom, just doesn’t fit in with your values and beliefs anymore. So, what should you do? Are you too late to start a new career in nursing, and why is a career as a nurse practitioner the right route for you to take? You know that you want to focus on building a nursing career, but what do you do first, and why?
The Desire for a Change of Pace
Becoming a nurse practitioner would be just as chaotic as your home life, but you are ready for this. You love the change of pace that nursing can and will offer you, and you love to stay busy. When you have a deep set or deep-rooted desire within you to make a change and make a difference to your families’ lives and the lives of others, you know it is time to start focusing on establishing a nursing career.
Accepting That Having Kids Has Changed Your Outlook and Your Priorities
As a mom, you have to accept many changes, and accepting your priorities have changed is just as important as anything else. Of course, there is no reason that you cannot put your interests and passions at the front of your future plans. Accepting that you want to continue caring and nurturing for others is definitely positive and should be embraced. Remember that just because your priorities have shifted, it does not mean that your needs, desires, and wants have altered too. You know that you want a career again, and you know that you want to achieve more than ever before, so why settle for any less.
You Need a Career for Yourself and Your Well-being
After having kids, you have wanted a career again for as long as you can remember, and it is hugely important that you focus on getting the career you want. A career is good for you, for your well-being, and for your sanity. Having something for yourself does not detract away from your kids or from your ability to be an awesome mom to them; it just changes the emphasis on who you are and what you can bring to the table.
Why Should You Become a Nurse Practitioner?
You wanted a career that reflects who you are and, what you have to offer, and you wanted to make sure that you made a difference and an impact. So, why not follow your desires to become a nurse practitioner. You are caring, thoughtful, and nurturing, and these are all qualities that are essential to the role of a nurse practitioner. You want to make a difference to the care that people within your local community receive, and one way to ensure that the care they receive is of a high standard is to administer the care yourself or be in charge of those who administer the care. As a nurse practitioner, you could work in your local hospital, and you could help improve the health and well-being of those in your local area, and this is surely something that will leave you feeling proud and satisfied.
Education is Important – Choosing a Nursing Practitioner Program
To become a fully qualified nurse practitioner, you will need to focus on your education for the next couple of years. Looking at entry level nurse practitioner programs and getting to grips with what is on offer and where will ensure that you pick the best program for you and for your requirements. For example, some programs are campus-based only, and this might not suit you, especially if you are busy with your kids. Some programs, though are online-based, and these programs offer much more flexibility. Deciding which program is right for you is essential, so take your time to research the benefits and disadvantages of the options on offer before committing and making a choice.
Family Support and Support Networks
You may have been out of work, or you may have had no reason to study for a little while now, and you will find that sometimes throughout this journey, you may need that bit of extra support from family and friends. Having people to assist you and to mentor you, and just having people to talk to is essential, especially if you are studying from home and online. If you are not careful, you may feel isolated, so always focus on building a strong and solid support network as you never know when you need it or when you may rely on it.
Gaining Work Experience and Searching for a Nurse Practitioner Job
Throughout your period of study, and as the period comes to an end, it is important that you start looking at gaining work experience. Putting your knowledge into experience will be beneficial to you, and it will allow you to see first-hand what being a nurse practitioner feels like. Once you have a bit of experience to add to your resume (whether it was for-profit or non-profit), you now must focus on getting a position that suits you. Securing the right job can be tough as competition may be fierce, especially if you want to remain loyal to your county or state. However, remaining focused on the task at hand, getting new resumes created and printed off, and spreading your search area will enable you to get that all-important first role. Once you have this role under your belt and you have started to gain experience, you then again have to weigh up your options and establish just how far you want your career to go and why.