If you left nursing?

  1. If tomorrow you had to leave nursing what career would you got to?And do you think your prepared for it and do you think you would be happy doing it?
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  3. by   tiger
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    Last edit by tiger on Apr 3, '02
  4. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    I would be an elementary school art teacher or a marine biologist.
  5. by   micro
    I would probably go back to working with adults with severe and profound mental retardation.........talk about a group of people in need of so much and with also so much to offer is you just but look.

    Maybe be a travel agent on the side.....get some kicker travel benefits.........

    Volunteer time in a flower shop.....until I proved my worth and they paid me the dime I need.....

    Travel, travel, travel,travel.......and no I am not prepared.............but time will tell


    so I am a nurse........at this moment.................
  6. by   Mary Dover
    My dream, maybe when I retire from nursing, is to own and operate a coffee house. The kind where folks regularly come in, sit, drink coffee and chat a while. Heck, who knows, maybe I'll open a whole chain of coffee houses. Probably will even offer extensive discounts to all old retired nurses.
    Cappuchino anyone?
  7. by   nightingale
    I moved this to the General Discussion Board. I think it will get more viewing there and the discussion is not unique to Infectious Disease.....

    Mary? Make mine a moche latte... please.... a double if there is a good crowd.....

    Bonnie
  8. by   Tookie
    In my dreams - A singer

    Realisitcally - a volunteer of some sort - once l retire cause l will always be a nurse in some form or another.
  9. by   hoolahan
    A Librarian. NO I am not prepared, I need an MLS, and I can't afford it, and no hospital will pay tuition for a non-nsg degree. And yes, to be surrounded by books, I think I would love it.
  10. by   RNCM
    I'd go right back to being a Nurse.
    Some of us were just born that way!
  11. by   massEDgirl
    I would go back and do what I did working my way through nursing school.....be a Bartender.

    My dealings in the ED everyday with the ETOHers make me MORE than qualified for this position....I had lots of fun when I did it.
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    If (when) I leave nursing, I'm going to open up a cake & candy shop. I already have quite a business going. It's just a matter of making it official.

    I think I'm prepared for it. I'd have to buy large, commercial size ovens and a fridge, but it's nothing my mastercard can't handle!

    It would be absolute heaven to me to do this

    Heather
  13. by   Selamy
    I did leave nursing and to tell you the truth, I'm absolutely miserable.

    That deserves explaining so here goes. I went to a Vocational High School that had an LPN program so when I graduated at 18, I took the boards and became a nurse. While I mostly loved it, there were plenty of things that I didn't enjoy. Most of all, I never had the chance to truly experience the ages of 18 to 24. At 24, everything hit me and I felt like one of my elderly patients so I decided to take a break. 3 years later, I'm still in that mode but like I said, I'm miserable. I work in an office and while my nursing organizational skills have earned me a few stars, that's the limit to my satisfaction.

    I'm currently in school working on a BSN and in the process of reinstating my nursing license. Maybe if I had been a little older, and wiser for that matter, I never would have let the license lapse but at the time I thought I'd never do nursing again. Today I have recurring dreams (rather nightmares) of being in the middle of a shift realizing that I don't have my license.

    While I'm grateful that I was able to see that I needed a break, I wish that I'd been a little smarter about the license. I know there will be many undesirable aspects when I rejoin the field but at least I can feel good about my daily work and get satisfaction.

    Until then, I'll go back to my desk with boredom........
  14. by   James Huffman
    If you are not doing what you want to do, what is stopping you from doing it?

    A word of gentle encouragement, folks: it's not too late to get what you want out of life.

    And sometimes, the grass really is not greener on the other side. It took a business failure to make me realize that nursing really is what I love and enjoy. I would hope that -- when push came to shove -- that many of you would realize that you really, deep down, would be a nurse again.

    But, if not ... then please, start moving toward whatever it is you really want. Life is too short to spend it doing something you don't like.

    www.networkfornurses.com

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