Originally posted by Luv4Med
I'm currently a third grade school teacher. I absolutely love working with the children. However, I spend more time doing paper work, grading papers, atteding meetings, etc. rather than actually teaching. I've always wanted to pursue a career in medicine-- just uncertain what direction I want to go in. Right now nursing is one of my top choices. I'm just curious, are there any former teachers who have changed careers and gone into nursing?
As a school teacher, I put in a lot of unpaid overtime during the week and on weekends. I can't remember the last time I came home without some type of work to complete. I hope this doesn't sound like a crazy question, but do nurses take home assignmets to complete at home?
Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
I guess I was meant to check this board today... I've been lurking here for quite some time, but this is my first post.
I taught English at the middle and high school levels for six years. I adored teaching, but I had the same concerns you are expressing. I simply couldn't see myself doing it for 24 more years.
I left teaching and started an engineering (IS) degree. This ended up taking much longer than I'd planned, thanks to the intervention of the births of my two sons. It's a good thing, though, because although I enjoyed the coursework it just never felt "right", if that makes any sense.
Throughout my life, I've been fascinated by medicine. I told my parents I wanted to be a nurse when I was about five. They told me I should be a doctor. Well, I didn't want to be a doctor, thank you very much! I put it (mostly) out of my mind and obviously pursued other areas.
As time has passed I've never recovered from the "itch". I've even read Echo Heron's books (which I understand are glaringly accurate) and I still want to go into nursing. I also wonder, considering this, if I should seek counseling
I finally took a huge leap and told my husband of my desires this past weekend. Instead of looking disappointed, as I was afraid he would (YEARS working on an engineering degree, combined with the "status" thing), he thought it was a great idea! You could have knocked me over with a feather.
I have a message in to the contact person at our community college's RN program as of 9:30 this morning. I'm excited and a bit anxious
Good luck in whatever you decide!