I was a ______ prior to being a nurse/student nurse

  1. 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 the nurses and student nurses had before embarking on this incredible medical journey.

    I will go first.

    I was a TRUCK DRIVER prior to being a nursing student..


    NEXT.

    I am excited to see what you all did in your PAST LIVES>>>>>
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  2. 226 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I went to school to become a social worker and had to drop out during my last year while studying for my Bachelors.

    I was a stay-at-home mom for the most part for the next 16 years. (Occasional part-time jobs).

    steph
  4. by   platinum_garb
    I was a retail manager for several years before deciding to go back to school to pursue my health care career. Nursing is my first step and is providing a nice income doing something I enjoy while I continue to attend school.
  5. by   rn-jane
    I was a united states woman marine for six years, became a stay at home mom for the next four years before i went to nursing school.
  6. by   RNmom08
    I was a stay-at-home mommy from Jan 1997 until going back to school in the fall of 2003 and then a full time mom/full time student. Now I am graduating on Dec. 11th, 2007!!!!!!!!!!!!! :smiley_aa WOO HOOOOO!!!!!
  7. by   LuckyMe2g
    What a fun thread!

    I was a chemical engineer prior to becoming a student nurse. My last job was writing air permits for the state. (boring! lol)

    I also spent a couple of years home with the kids too.
  8. by   MNmom3boys
    I have a Business-Communications degree that I never used, but went back to school to be a Certified Dental Assistant. Then, I stayed home with the kids for several years, although I filled in at the dental office from time to time. (sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time...)

    Just finished school (third time is a charm...) and Boards in May and here I am.
  9. by   Piki
    I was a systems analyst prior to becoming a SAHM, prior to going to nursing school and becoming an RN.
  10. by   Tweety
    I was a loser in life floundering away at minimum wage jobs like clerical and restaurant work. Nursing has been my savings grace into a middle class life.
  11. by   CaLLaCoDe
    As with platinum garb, I too was involved with retail. A shoesalesman in a store with a flight of stairs to champion each time a person wanted a certain size (Twisted my ankle a couple of times on those stairs!). And a cable car (I think you could guess the city by that alone) at the street level to this second floor store which across the way at the same level was a sheet music store and union square up the block. The store was owned by Koreans, so I got to learn a little Korean language and culture. I made enough to keep myself happy; we got 1% of the sale price on each shoe besides a hourly pay of 12 dollars an hour. As in nursing, I was filling in a necessary need in society, people will always need a helpful nurse and a good pair of quality shoes that fit right! I still can get a very good ball park guess as to what my coworkers, friends and acquaintance's shoe sizes are. And if you have a large foot as a woman you can usually buy men's shoes, remembering this rule: to subtract a size and 1/2 from your shoe size! And apply the same rule if you have an average size in kids shoes...save a lot of money on athletic wear! lol

    Anyway, I realized after I lost my job that it was nearly impossible to find another that would pay as well for starters. Retail is not a good career choice economically and you can't just leave one store and expect the same pay rate at another! Face it, I enjoy knowing that if I lost my RN job in Bakersfield and went to New York City, I would be paid probably possibly a little more but non the less! Now getting the licensure in New York, no guarantees there! I got my licensure in Oregon, so I know it can be done, but it's expensive!
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Nov 27, '07
  12. by   clhRN2b2010
    I was a SAHM for 7 years and a Pharmaceutical Rep for 7 before that.
  13. by   yeSICU
    I was student teaching when I decided Nursing was the career for me... 40k later in student loans here I am. lol
  14. by   kwagner_51
    I have a degree in Automotive Technology [a mechanic] I worked on our cars, replaced brakes, and rebuilt an engine. I was also a Stay at home mom from 1986 to 2001 when my youngest turned 6. He started kindergarten and I started nursing school.

    My 15 y/o son wants me to help him replace the brake lines on 'his' truck. So, I guess I'm still a mechanic as well as a nurse!!

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