I've been thinking and talking to Urbaner about what I should do for a career in the future.
I had thought that finishing nursing school was what I wanted to do, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that whilst it might be good for a short term goal, I don't think I'd be happy in the long term. I LOVE EMS, but physically it's a taxing job - as is nursing - and given that I'm already a broken toy, I don't know how long my career span would be. But I’m sure I’d choose nursing over being a medical coder, even though the medical coding salary isn’t too shabby
So, I'm researching PA programs around here. I know of two, and they're both BSc programs rather than post-grad. The AF has started a program where the active duty member can share his GI bill benefits with his spouse and children, so I'm thinking I should take advantage of that.
When I was a teenager I wanted to go to medical school and started out my college career with that in mind. However, life got in the way and medical school fell by the wayside. Could I still do it? Probably. I wouldn't be practicing medicine until I was 50-ish, though. Do I really want to spend that long in school, and can we afford it? Again, probably, but I don't know that I want to. I think that being a PA is a better fit for me.
If anyone reading this has any advice for me, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment or email me. I'll take all the help I can get!