I quit my good paying job to attend a CNA class. Anyone else?

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    Hi everyone,

    My friends and family think I'm crazy for quitting my job during a recession. I had the regular 9-5 job where I stared at the computer all day. I couldn't believe that dealing with redundant paperwork and running boring reports would be required of me for the rest of my life. After 3 1/2 years of doing this, I couldn't take it anymore!! So I quit! I gained 35 pounds in three years because of this job. I saw the drive and compassion in my coworkers and I just couldn't relate. I don't know about anyone else, but I want a job where I feel fulfilled at the end of the day. I figured healthcare would be a good option because you're not staring at a computer all day and you're actually ACTIVE. I figured the CNA training would be beneficial towards my future because I'm interested in the healthcare field. Does anyone else have a story similar to mine?
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    you sound just like me! I have worked out of my home as a nurse recruiter for the past 10 years! I am currently applying for LPN at local Boces here in NY. I am also looking into Patient Care Technician course at local Community College. I am so desperate for a change. I wish you a lot of luck ! change is hard sometimes but I am willing to make the change or I am going to be miserable and life is too short! godd luck! Atlanta gal
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    Quote from atlantagal
    you sound just like me! I have worked out of my home as a nurse recruiter for the past 10 years! I am currently applying for LPN at local Boces here in NY. I am also looking into Patient Care Technician course at local Community College. I am so desperate for a change. I wish you a lot of luck ! change is hard sometimes but I am willing to make the change or I am going to be miserable and life is too short! godd luck! Atlanta gal
    Good to know there are others like me!! Some people don't "get it." They are perfectly fine doing a redundant job for the rest of their lives. NO!! I was miserable at my job. Was I supposed to stay at that job and be miserable just so I could pay my bills? For some people, the answer to that question is yes. But I disagree. I was to the point where I didn't enjoy my weekends because I knew Monday was right around the corner.
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    Yeah it is an awful feeling I know. Please keep in touch and let me know how things work out for you.
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    Me too! And guess what? Sitting in that stupid office chair all day was worse for my back than lifting people all day as a CNA! Lol.

    If I never saw another Quickbooks application, or took another bill collector's phone call for the rest of my life, I'll be a happy girl.
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    Quote from LaceyLou
    Me too! And guess what? Sitting in that stupid office chair all day was worse for my back than lifting people all day as a CNA! Lol.

    If I never saw another Quickbooks application, or took another bill collector's phone call for the rest of my life, I'll be a happy girl.
    Yea, you make a good point. What's better, lifting people and staying active or sitting at a desk gaining 15 pounds every year.
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    Yep. I only had the job for 8 months, but it was miserable. I was a telemarketer, usually making $14-22/hour. It was a good.. easy work, holiday's and weekends off.. able to get off whenever I needed with fairly short notice for as long as I needed. My coworkers were great. No benefits to speak of, but definitely the best paying job I've ever had.

    For the last 2 months of it, I was constantly hoping to break a leg on my way down the stairs so I wouldn't have to go in.. lol. Saying the same thing over and over, a hundred times a day.. either people were great and I felt bad selling them crap, or people were awful and made my day a nightmare. After ruining so many people's days every day, I wanted to make them feel better for once.

    So I quit.. I've got just 2 weeks left of my CNA course, and I can't wait to find a job where I can feel good about a day's work.. even if my feet do hurt and I make less money.
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    Quote from atla
    Yep. I only had the job for 8 months, but it was miserable. I was a telemarketer, usually making $14-22/hour. It was a good.. easy work, holiday's and weekends off.. able to get off whenever I needed with fairly short notice for as long as I needed. My coworkers were great. No benefits to speak of, but definitely the best paying job I've ever had.

    For the last 2 months of it, I was constantly hoping to break a leg on my way down the stairs so I wouldn't have to go in.. lol. Saying the same thing over and over, a hundred times a day.. either people were great and I felt bad selling them crap, or people were awful and made my day a nightmare. After ruining so many people's days every day, I wanted to make them feel better for once.

    So I quit.. I've got just 2 weeks left of my CNA course, and I can't wait to find a job where I can feel good about a day's work.. even if my feet do hurt and I make less money.
    Good to know there are people like me!!
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    Wow does this ever sound like me. I was only at my job for 1 year but the last 3 months were awful. I was depressed, miserable, and would call in with these nonsense excuses. Good job. Good money. Great hours with weekends and all holidays off. Hated it and was BORED out of my mind. Gave my two weeks notice last November without a job lined up, did the cna course and found a job by December 16th. Not only did my coworkers think I was nuts when I quit but my new coworkers at my facility now can not understand why I would give up a job like that for this kind of thing. I am beyond happy though and absolutely broke ; ) I'm going back for nursing at the end of the year and that's that. Thanks for sharing your story!
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    I can so relate!!! I quit my mind numbing job of 8 months last september. Just finshed the cna course and awaiting my testing for the state boards. I am so nervous. A little part of me is siding with my friends and family in thinking I'm carzy but....its all or nothing now, I really feel deep down inside like I made the right choice and maybe it might not look like it now but it SHALL PAY OFFand I will be happy because thats all that matters. Good Luck to you, girl
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