How many of you had a different career/education before becoming an RN? - page 5

just curious b/c I went to school for psychology & right now I'm in graduate school for social work. I am thinking of switching to nursing before finishing up my MSW b/c I'm so anxious to earn the... Read More

  1. by   L&DRN08
    I graduated from 2 yr Medical Assistant program in 2001 and have been doing that ever since. Over the past 6yrs I've worked as a CMA for an internist, 2 dermatologists and OB/GYN and currently a Plastic surgeon. After awhile I found myself bored & wanting to be able to do more.
    I went back to school after being out for almost 4 yrs.....just started Level 2 Nursing, its tough but I think it will be so much more rewarding than what I am doing now.....not to mention a much nicer paycheck!
  2. by   Sarah143
    Quote from cancergirl
    just curious b/c I went to school for psychology & right now I'm in graduate school for social work. I am thinking of switching to nursing before finishing up my MSW b/c I'm so anxious to earn the title of RN and work in the hopsital doing clincial work!!
    Cancergirl -- We have almost identical circumstances! I, too, graduated with in Psych and proceeded to pursue a MSW. I was one year into it (3 yr part time program) and decided to go into nursing instead. I am currently taking prereqs in order to begin an accl. 2nd degree program in late 2007/early 2008. I have always been tempted by the medical field, but chose psych instead. I think, for me, it boiled down to my fear that, in social work, i wouldn't be helping people in a very tangible way. I also feel there is not a lot of room for growth or advancement within the field and nonexistant job security. My mother is an RN, MSN and is now the director of patient safery at 5 major hospitals in a major city in Cali. She is my inspiration through this all.

    This is my first post, I just had to respond to your thread, considering our circumstances are so much alike. I say...GO FOR IT and GOOD LUCK!!
  3. by   Sheri257
    I was a journalist for nearly 20 years, writing articles for U.S. News and other publications, and switched to TV producing news stories for Fox and ABC.

    :typing
  4. by   Markthemalenurse
    I was an Automotive Mechanic for FORD
  5. by   JenNJFLCA
    I got my first degree in marine biology, ended up working in a lab with all kinds of viruses. At 28 I'm already on my 2nd career!!
  6. by   banditrn
    Quote from lizz
    I was a journalist for nearly 20 years, writing articles for U.S. News and other publications, and switched to TV producing news stories for Fox and ABC.

    :typing
    Lizz - and you left all that?!! Wow, sounds like a dream to me!
  7. by   HARRN2b
    Lizz,

    Your life sounds so interesting!
  8. by   Nurseintraining77
    Hi,

    I just joined today and this thread caught my attention. I'm a 28 yr mom and wife. I originally graduated with a BA in Psychology and have been doing social service work for nearly 10 years (started in the field part-time straight outta higschool). I'll be starting the BSN program at a local college this spring semester. I currently work as a housing specialist for people with HIV/AIDS. I've always wanted to be in the medical field but settled for psych when I got pregnant. Now that my daughter's older I'm ready to start a new career path.

    I have an 18 yr old cousin who's also starting nursing school this spring so it'll be nice to talk to someone in the family about all the work I have We both want to go on to the master's program and eventually become NPs.
  9. by   lisabug96
    I worked for a vet for 15 years. loved it but after my divorce was left with no insurance. I took a plunge, worked a summers notice and started school full time. I will finish my CNA class at the end of this month, Jan 2007 start the LPN program and in Fall 2007 transition to ADN. Cant wait!!
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from banditrn
    Lizz - and you left all that?!! Wow, sounds like a dream to me!
    Quote from HARRN2b
    Lizz,

    Your life sounds so interesting!
    Nah ... it sounds a lot more interesting and glamourous than it actually was. You end up doing all the research and production work so Diane Sawyer or some other anchor can waltz in, take all the credit for it and make multi-million dollar salaries while you're getting paid peanuts.

    And, the TV news business is tough. Shows get cancelled or the ratings drop and they end up making staff cuts to pay for those multi-million dollar salaries so ... you're out of work a lot of the time and always having to find new jobs.

    It's not like nursing where you actually have to have some skills and a license. They can replace you with a 20 year old kid with stars in their eyes at any time .... and they do, especially once you start making some decent money.

    It was fun in the beginning but, after awhile, it gets old. No matter how many exclusives I gave them and no matter how many hours I put in ... it was never enough. Lots of corporate BS and cutthroat politics ... pretty much like any other job ... really.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Sep 14, '06
  11. by   cota2k
    four years for Uncle Sam pumping gas, then pumped gas at the airport. Laid off and went to OT Asst program and did that for about 9 years. Now I've been a RN for a year and a half, and loving it! I wish I did it 20 years ago, but I think those other "Life Experiences" brought me to where I am.
  12. by   mamason
    I was a bartender. Yes, a bartender! From the time I was 20 until I was 32. Got married, had a baby. Marriage didn't work. Decided that I wanted a reputable job since I was a mom. Had always been intrigued with the nursing profession and had always held nurses in high regard. Went back to school, not easy! Took a long time. Learned a lot about people skills from working behind the bar. You see a lot of things that you never thought you would or didn't want to see. Love being a nurse. Just hate the politics that go along with it!
  13. by   NurseyTee
    I was a Finance Manager. I did home mortgages and car loans, etc. Booooring! and just wasn't for me. I had wanted to be a nurse since I was 3 yrs old.... so finally I'm where I belong.

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