I was a ______ prior to being a nurse/student nurse - page 15

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   lamplighter
    I was a biology student...
  2. by   aileenjoyce
    I worked as a tourist guide in Subic Bay Freeport Zone...then worked as a cashier in a duty-free store...became a housewife and mom for 4 years...then enrolled in nursing and is now in 3rd. year!
  3. by   sticknurse
    I was an "Electronic Warfare Signals Analyst" and that's all I can tell you!!
  4. by   nurz2be
    Quote from sticknurse
    I was an "Electronic Warfare Signals Analyst" and that's all I can tell you!!

    Does the rest go ..... If I tell ya I gotta kill ya? LOL
  5. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from Alois Wolf
    I was one in 1987 ^_^
    Don't brag!!
  6. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from nurz2be
    Does the rest go ..... If I tell ya I gotta kill ya? LOL
    It would've but in this day and age, such a statement on a website would probably earn him/her a quick visit from the Homeland Security folks or the unmarked black helocopters...
  7. by   moodychick
    I was a telephone operator prior to being a nurse!

    This has only helped me when an ER patient wants a cab. I can still recall the phone numbers for all the cab services!!!
  8. by   manofcare
    I was a pet mortician. Not really, I have owned and operated a small family owned bow and gun store. Yeah, I'm serious went from self-employed to nursing.
  9. by   danh3190
    I was a paint chemist for 28 years and a paramedic at the same time.

    Still a paramedic and a student nurse for the last 1 1/2 years.
  10. by   jd-rn-wnb
    I was, and still am, a lawyer prior to my taking my BSN. Worked days, studied nights and weekends. Got lucky I guess with the NCLEX. As I told the interviewers of my then potential employer over at Los Angeles when asked why I took up nursing, I frankly told them that it probably would make it easier for me to get into heaven as a nurse.
    I guess they liked that answer and accepted me, a graduate nurse, for a position over at med surg. As soon as I spoke with my immigration lawyer and he asked me what I did over here in my home country, the look on his face, as I told him, was priceless. I guess I was his very first lawyer-nurse client. Cheers. ( I think that I should be a-changin' my username too.)
  11. by   karleb
    Quote from mom and nurse
    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:
    Good for you! Congratulations!
  12. by   jlcole45
    1. Eldest child in dysfunctional family - does that count as a job?

    2. Woolworth seasonal retail employee (for those of us old enough to remember this chain store.

    3. Dunken Donuts waitress

    4. Gas station worker - when it didn't cost extra for someone to pump your gas!

    5. Care giver to mental/physically challenged children - private residential school

    8. Housekeeper at a Sheraton - definitely the worst job!

    7. Au pair - went to France lived in as nanny for 6 months

    8. Live in nanny state side - while I began going to nursing school in the mid 1980's

    9. Critical Care RN for 16 years - got bored went back to colllege
    got grad degree in landscape architecture.

    10. Landscape designer for 3 years, manager for 1 - became disenchanted with the business world (it's way more cut throat and money oriented) and I missed nursing

    11. RN again - interviewing for work now. Seriously considering MSN in Education since there is such a horrible shortage of teachers!!
    Besides I don't want to be doing the hard labor of nursing in my 50 - 60's so this seems to be a good plan - since I know that I don't want another management job.
    Last edit by jlcole45 on Dec 16, '07
  13. by   nurz2be
    Quote from jlcole45

    1. Eldest child in dysfunctional family - does that count as a job?

    This is MOST DEFINITELY a full-time job.




    11. RN again - interviewing for work now. Seriously considering MSN in Education since there is such a horrible shortage of teachers!!
    Besides I don't want to be doing the hard labor of nursing in my 50 - 60's so this seems to be a good plan - since I know that I don't want another management job.

    Congrats on going back to school for your MSN. That is the path I want to take as well so that I am not trying to keep up with 20-30 years olds on the floor when I am in my 50-60's. I will end up being an instructor at some nursing school, reading posts here about that nasty mean old instructor who made us do all the yucky work, LOL. Now, I am just the student who gets to complain, LOL.


    Thanks for posting

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