If you could do it over again, would you keep or change ur career?

  1. If any of you could do it over again, would you keep or change your career?
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   caliotter3
    I would have dealt successfully with the problems in the beginning and kept at it. It is terrible to be several decades into life and still have not accomplished what you set out to do when you were sixteen. :stone
  4. by   thekid
    I am actually re-entering the nursing field after 8 years away..I've been reading many forum posts here and know the problems still exist but am hoping that now that I'm more aware of the problems, I can deal with them more effectively. So yes I'd say , I'd keep my career as a nurse.
  5. by   Dalzac
    When I got into nursing, It was just an opportunity to get a good job with benefits for me and my kids. That was truly the reason I took a job as a CCU tech. After I did that for 2 yrs I fell in love with nursing and all I could think of morning noon and night was getting into nursing school and becoming a nurse. I did it too.
    The only reason I would say No now is the families that have gotten out of control. I still love taking care of the critically ill. I retired in 2005 and stil dream about working about once a week. I really miss it.
  6. by   eriksoln
    I would keep it, but would do things differently in school and not go into M/S after school. Yes, I'd definitely go in a different direction with my specialty. And, I might have went BSN right off the bat. But I didnt know I'd get married right after graduation and have someone there for support. So, hindsight is 20/20 I guess.
  7. by   lowlie
    I would change my career and go to Music School. Singing is my first love and Nursing is my second love. But I am happy with where I am and what I've so far accomplished.
  8. by   diane227
    I was a dance major but finally understood that after age 40 my career would be over as a professional dancer. With the help of the counseling center at my college I decided on nursing and I have never looked back. I can't imagine doing anything else.
  9. by   traumaRUs
    I was in the military before becoming a nurse. Yep, would do it over again but would have gone straight for the BSN and would have continued to the MSN much sooner.
  10. by   ivanh3
    With the end of my masters program in sight and the prospect of working as an advanced practice nurse becoming more real every day, I would say that as of now I am happy with my decision. But....not so sure my answer would be the same if my choices were limited to bedside RN. It is good, honest, honorable work, but I can't imagine doing it for the next 20 years. I have learned so much as a bedside nurse, and have amassed a lifetime worth of stories.

    Not sure if there is such a career that would pass the "20 year" test. I am amazed at the number of conversations at work with other RNs and RTs with topic of "finding that new amazing career".
    Last edit by ivanh3 on May 13, '09
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    I would have liked to have a second career to lean back on when nursing gets on my nerves. To be honest, I would have pursued another medical career and kept the nursing on the side.
  12. by   zuzi
    Not the carrier, but the path of my carrier for sure