Quote from BurntRN1
A private duty job with or without a cna/rn license pays better than I get paid. I know some friends working a private duty, although they work more hours but less pressure, they make $$$ in one week than I'm currently making in two weeks. But you have to be in a big city. Also, I just called the BON in that state confirming that I can work as a private caregiver or companioship including meal preparation, as long as I'm not holding any license. I just have enough with people I'm working with, the pressure and the stress. It's physical and mental draining.
So, why no just take the classes, keep the license, and just look for another job outside of healthcare? Years later, you may decide to try nursing again. Get the license back in good standing first, then leave to pursue something entirely different, if that's what you truly want. Just because you have a nursing license, it doesn't mean that you have to work as a nurse.
Another key point to consider is that other individuals may be jealous of you having an RN license. Until you've actually eyeballed their pay checks and walked minute for minute in their shoes leading up to payday, I wouldn't believe a word they told me if I were you. Right now, you're at a higher level than they are...too big for your britches, they may think. People love to see others brought down to their levels. You have the greater potential for advancement than they do and I'm sure they know this. As an RN, you could work your way up to Chief Nursing Officer of a hospital, then the $$$, compared to $$$$$$, won't look so impressive, will it?
Think long and hard about what you're about to throw away.