I was a ______ prior to being a nurse/student nurse - page 14

I have seen TONS of people who have said "nursing is my second, third or fourth career." As I have become more and more curious I was wanting to start a thread to see what areas and walks of life all... Read More

  1. by   SharonH, RN
    Great topic! I was a traditional college student and I've never had a career other than nursing but this has been very interesting to read.
  2. by   Valerie Salva
    Production operator in several factories and an apprentice machinist.

    I was very good at the work, and received a number of quality awards, and "employee of the month" designations. I kept getting laid off, however, as factories closed and moved operations to Mexico and over-seas. Plus, the pay was low.

    Now, my taxes are more $ than my whole check used to be.
  3. by   NoahNS
    Quote from Dalzac
    Lets' see,
    Bartender
    soudered PC boards (put little capasitors and transister and anodes on plastic boards for computers and other electronic devices)
    Plastic injection mold operator
    Waitress
    Grocery clerk
    and Assistant to a woman that ran 5 strip joints. That was an interesting job
    When I used to chat on line I was always surprised to meet so many nurses who claimed to have worked as exotic dancers in their previous life. It surprised them, too. No one here, so far, seems to have come from such a former ... profession?
  4. by   nurz2be
    Quote from NoahNS
    When I used to chat on line I was always surprised to meet so many nurses who claimed to have worked as exotic dancers in their previous life. It surprised them, too. No one here, so far, seems to have come from such a former ... profession?

    There is a young lady in my nursing group at school that is an exotic dancer. It is paying her way through school, works limited hours, and she has a lot less stress (so she says). She does not go around announcing it but she was talking to me one day about this very topic and mentioned what she does. She is a very intelligent young lady. She is going to make a fantastic nurse.
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    I was a young woman only going to school to please my parents and to have access to a car prior to being an LPN.

    I was married, working full-time, had 2 children at home, one in college prior to being an RN

    What's the saying? "If I knew then what I know now...I would have_________"

    "If I knew then what I know now...I would have been serious while my parents were paying and I had all the time I needed to suceed and would have gone to medical school and been a Dermatoligist.
  6. by   mercymimi
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    I was a young woman only going to school to please my parents and to have access to a car prior to being an LPN.

    I was married, working full-time, had 2 children at home, one in college prior to being an RN

    What's the saying? "If I knew then what I know now...I would have_________"

    "If I knew then what I know now...I would have been serious while my parents were paying and I had all the time I needed to suceed and would have gone to medical school and been a Dermatoligist.
    Ditto that (except for the dermatology part).
    This time around, I'm getting along well with others and impressing the instructors by not talking during class. It makes a night and day difference.
  7. by   nurz2be
    Had I had a larger backbone when I was younger I too would have found myself going to medical school and most likely becoming a surgeon. Life had different plans for me and I honestly cannot WAIT to be a nurse.....

    Sometimes the long road is a good road....
  8. by   davb
    I was a:
    Paperboy
    Line Cook (at several restaurants)
    Masonry hod-tender
    Mason (for 15 years)
    Had a surgery and decided I wanted to help people instead of build buildings.
    Now a Nursing Student. . . starting second semester next month.

    I hope to get a BSN.
  9. by   mom and nurse
    Worked fast food as a teenager (Jack in the Box).
    Worked as a pastor's secretary.:typing
    Did clerical in the government during my college years
    Worked for my teachers as I studied and received my Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders.
    Went back to working clerical for the same government agency while I did
    Volunteer work as an interpreter for the deaf at my church and as a volunteer teacher's assistant at a school for the deaf (elementary and secondary school).
    Got married and was mommy and wife fulltime for several years. Babysat a friend's child.
    Went back to school at the age of 42 and graduated with a BSN at 45.
    Worked about 3 years as an RN and went to school partime. I've finished and I am soon graduating (this month December 2007) with a Master's in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner) at the age of 48.:studyowl:
  10. by   pedsnursebs
    I was (and still am to a certain extent) a cosmetologist before becoming a nurse. I enjoyed that career but nursing was always there calling my name. Also, the cosmetology business is VERY cutthroat & competitive where I live. I grew very weary of the back stabbing behavior of some of my fellow stylists.
    I still have a handful of clients that will not let me retire my scissors & foil for good. I tried to wean them slowly, but they ended up with very bad color jobs that took me hours to fix. Lesson learned. Keep them happy in my spare time. It also benefits my wallet...extra money...GOOD extra money at that. :spin:
  11. by   rn999
    I was a teacher for 2 yrs in the Philippines after graduating from college, then I work at the post office for 8 years, got married then migrated to the US. I went back to school and had my second degree in Computer information Systems which got me a job as a software developer for a little over a year. Although I wasn't thrilled with the sit-down job and being in front of a computer all day, suffered migraine almost every week, it paid the bills.. then my husband became terminally ill that I needed to take care of him for 2 years until he passed away. I didn't want to go back to computer field so I decided I go back to school again, this time for nursing. This will be my third college degree. I call myself a professional student :spin: but I felt the call when I had interactions with nurses and medical workers during the time my husband was in and out of the hospital. I think I can give a piece of myself, too in return of how those nurses took care of my husband. I have 3 more semesters to go.

    It's so nice to hear other people's account on why they chose nursing.
    Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!!!
  12. by   2bmalenurse007
    I 've been a diesel mechanic for the last 9 years.

    And now I am a BSN student, who tire of college.

    Go figure
  13. by   BensMom
    I was a travel agent and travel agency manager for 8 years, a stay at home mom for 6 years, owned my own retail tack store for 6 years, worked in the front office of a family practice doctor's office and finally have been an RN since July of this year!!! I am loving my job with the Denver VA in the MICU more than I ever loved my past occupations (maybe stay at home mom tops them all).
    Megan

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