Quote from KristinWW
1. What is the motivator for people who had no prior interest in medicine?
2. Do these people stay in the field or eventually drop out?
I really am curious and would love to hear from all about how these people eventually perform on the floor. Thank you!
My motivation was unemployment. I had a good-paying job as a newspaper reporter in Florida until the Tampa Tribune decided to close my bureau during the recession we had the first time our country was in a war with Iraq. (Deja vu, anyone?)
What was advertising for help in the midst of bad times? The medical profession! I found I could go to what amounted to one year of trade school, become an LPN, and have a job anytime, anywhere. With agency work and/or overtime, I could make as much as I did with a four-year college degree and 10 years of journalism experience.
Did I stay? Twelve years and an RN degree later, yep. It's not just about the money, either. I make a point of being darned good at whatever I choose to do, and I believe my patients feel the same way.
I too have noticed laid-off computer people among the nursing students training at my current hospital in California. Here's hoping they are as good at the human touch as they were with keyboards.