Has anyone quit nursing and what career did you take up afterwards??

  1. I am off work for three weeks for minor surgery later this week. I could not care less if I never went back to work. I am tired of all the crap and politics every single day. New initiatives, new rules, new policies, and this Press Ganey customer service is enough to make a preacher cuss.
    I have been a nurse for 23 years and my question is, what can I do to make similar money? I live in a small town and I'd love not to commute either. Have been driving over an hour one way for over 11 years now. That has gotten old, and been old for a long time now.
    What I'm saying, I guess, is I need a new job, but don't know what it could be!!!!!
    Last edit by KaroSnowQueen on Mar 13, '07 : Reason: spelling
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   iHeartNICU
    I'm still a student but my mom quit nursing after about 10 years. I'm not sure how she did it but she went on to teach in a program at a high school called Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). The student went to the hospital and observed, went to conferences, and other things like that. She didn't go and get a new degree in teaching but maybe just got her teaching certification. I'm not 100% sure. She really enjoyed it though. Best of luck with whatever you choose.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Have you considered teaching? Either straight preschool or elementary school teaching or teaching nursing school students? I have seen ads for instructors in LPN programs. You do not necessarily need an advanced degree, depending on the employer. They look more for experience. My daughter went to a private LPN program, and she said they took nurses with an active license. One of my acquaintences started teaching CNAs at the local adult school when she got her RN. She told me she was having lots of fun.
  5. by   skipaway
    Quote from caliotter3
    Have you considered teaching? Either straight preschool or elementary school teaching or teaching nursing school students? I have seen ads for instructors in LPN programs. You do not necessarily need an advanced degree, depending on the employer. They look more for experience. My daughter went to a private LPN program, and she said they took nurses with an active license. One of my acquaintences started teaching CNAs at the local adult school when she got her RN. She told me she was having lots of fun.
    I don't think that teaching nursing students would be a good choice for you. If you can't be a positive role model for future nurses, it would be a disservice to them. I've known quite a few nursing students whose teachers were obviously unhappy with nursing and chose to teach instead. They made learning the profession very difficult with their attitudes. IMHO
  6. by   TraumaICURN
    What about just changing your nursing focus?? I'm assuming that you work in a hospital setting at the bedside. Why don't you try something like public health or preventive nursing? Maybe a doctor's office would be more settled for you....Nursing recruitment might be a fun thing to try!
  7. by   lorster
    I am on my way out of this profession but I am having to realize that I cannot go from 33 to 15 an hour and make it work financially for my family. That is the main problem with me staying in is the financial. But of course that is the wrong reason to stay in this profession but the reality is, my mortgage company wants their money and I have to be able to pay it each month. At home transcription can work and I have heard that it can be a good income and you can be flexible with your work hours. Also, being a drug rep is a good way to use your knowledge but I do believe you would have to do a lot of traveling. Good luck.

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