Also Ran Careers... what did you decide against before choosing nursing - page 3

Before I started nursing I gave three careers a lot of thought and did a fair amount of research on all of them. I already have a bachelor's so I was thinking of law school/law enforcement, med... Read More

  1. by   michelle95
    Chalk me up as another one with dreams to be a vet. I hope when the kids are grown that I can concentrate on that. I've always wanted to work with animals.

    I thought about getting a 2 year degree to be a vet tech. Then, I found out what I would get paid. I was working as a CNA at the time making 8 an hour and after I would have finished vet tech school, I would have made 7 an hour. No thanks. I love animals but I do have a family to support.
  2. by   Quickbeam
    I had a prior career as a probation officer with a BS in Criminal Justice. I worked with kids and did family counseling. I loved it and had I stayed I'd be eligible to retire within the next 3 years. However, the job had a miserable residency requirement (like most law enforcement or CJ jobs). I was getting married and my husband's field had no work where I lived. So I retrained to nursing through an accelerated BSN program.

    I had also considered a few other careers (teaching, RT, Speech Language Pathology) but they were either limited in employment opportunity at the time or had a really long demanding education program. Accelerated nursing allowed me to be back working full time in 1 calendar year.
    Last edit by Quickbeam on Jul 13, '04
  3. by   finness
    i was an english/documentary film major prior to nursing school. i switched without any science background and no idea how hard the course work was going to be. i rthink i read somewhere that nursing was considered a "second" career as many people 'join the ranks' later in life. in any case, i enjoy being part of such a passionate and highly eclectic group of people.
  4. by   cowgirlup
    Quote from michelle95
    Chalk me up as another one with dreams to be a vet. I hope when the kids are grown that I can concentrate on that. I've always wanted to work with animals.

    I thought about getting a 2 year degree to be a vet tech. Then, I found out what I would get paid. I was working as a CNA at the time making 8 an hour and after I would have finished vet tech school, I would have made 7 an hour. No thanks. I love animals but I do have a family to support.
    I did not mention earlier that I too thought about becoming a vet tech. I registered at the only school in NC that offered such a program. My parents and boyfriend (now husband) moved me 2 1/2 hours from home to my new apartment. I stayed only 3 days! I became very homesick and was upset when they told me I would only make about $10,000 a year (1987) once I graduated. I could not see investing two years of my life in an education that would only provide me with such little income.

    I am now looking forward to the flexibility and income that nursing will provide so that I may spend more time with my family and hobbies-that include our animals.
    Last edit by cowgirlup on Jul 13, '04
  5. by   hypnotic_nurse
    I have so many interests....

    Have actually been: editor, teacher, transcriptionist, writer (not successful, but still tried it!), artist (more a hobby I guess, but my paintings sell, just not for much)

    Considered and have done some of the classes but haven't gotten there yet OR decided it didn't suit me: translator, entomologist, English professor, counselor, horticulturist -- still might pursue English or entomology at some point

    Nursing was actually not something I ever thought I would do, in fact when I was younger I knew I would NOT be a nurse (mom's a nurse, two aunts were nurses, my sister is a nurse -- no way was I going to do it). Of course, now I am a nurse.
  6. by   michelle95
    I guess I should say that originally I was going to be a CPA. My middle 2 years in high school I took accounting classes. I thought I was too stupid to be a nurse but not to be a CPA (yeah, the thought processes of teenagers). Then, I saw my friend in nursing school and while she isn't dumb by any means, I knew that if she could do it, so could I. And, I couldn't see me sitting behind a desk for the rest of my life...even if you can make mega bucks doing it.

    Some things in life are more important than money.
  7. by   Chevelle
    I considered so much! CPA, real estate, lawyer, trooper, college professor, social worker, race car driver, biologist, starting my own used bookstore....but I knew they were not for me because even though I thought I had finally decided, I kept looking. Nursing changed it all. It offered me everything and more that I was looking for. I have never considered anything else since!
  8. by   BrwnEyedNurs
    Quite a few of you considered being a CPA? That's funny b/c I graduated with a BS in accounting this past May and now I am going to nursing school I realized before my last semester that accounting wasn't for me...but I decided to go ahead and graduate since I was so close. Maybe one day I'll take the CPA exam and do taxes from my home part-time in addition to nursing,...probably not but you never know. Besides most CPAs I know have taken the exam about 4 times before they passed, anyway I am focusing on nursing school and the NCLEX so I'll think about that other stuff in a couple of years.
  9. by   yellow finch
    This is an interesting thread so I'm reviving it.

    I actually had several careers before nursing... film, flight attendant, and psychology.

    To be honest, nursing never interested me until I was planning a move to be with my future husband. I was studying Forensic Science only to find out that there were no programs in the entire state where I was moving to. So I went to nursing school. Now I'm moving on to become an NP.

    I should have gone to medical school years ago when there was a chance. Now... I'm too tired to go through all that schooling. *sigh*
  10. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Paramedic, Environmental Science, Environmental Geography, Geology, Forestry, Outdoor Recreation, hmmmmm......I think thats it. Nursing I think was the #7 choice on my application list. But that damn application essay won me over!

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