Teacher to nurse? Questions from a military spouse - page 2

by girlinpearls

Hi, I always longed to work in the hospital setting. I got a degree in college that would allow me to go to PA school, but I instead decided to marry my husband and become a high school science teacher so that I could be more... Read More


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    I am a military wife as well (USAF), and I'm in my 3rd (finishing up and going onto 4th) semester of nursing school for RN BSN. If you want job portability, I would go the nursing route. Nursing is a highly versatile and portable job.... which is why I decided to change my major from pre-med to nursing. I knew I wanted to marry my husband and the military life would move us around a lot. My husband and I want kids, so I'm not sure about working in the hospital, however hospital RN jobs are abundant. Hospital nursing with kids is hard because the RNs usually work three 12's, like everyone else has said above. I know there are nurses who love their job, but there are also nurses who are burnt out, hate it, etc. You will find yourself dealing with quite a few ethical and moral dilemmas as a nurse. This is something I did not consider before nursing school, and wish I had. Being an RN is not for the faint of heart.... If you have more of an interest in medicine (solving problems, diagnoses), then you would be better off going the PA route. But honestly, I think nurses have a harder job because we actually care for the patients, not the PAs/doctors. We are potentially more liable for errors as well...
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    I am a military spouse for the past 11yrs and went from working in the courts to becoming a nurse. I made the change solely for my family and to make it easier with the constant relocating/PCSing. In my past profession I would go to interviews and they would always want to know why my history was erractic but as a nurse my employers don't care. I also don't struggle to get jobs like I did before. AND there is benefits to working 3 days a week vs. 5 days. I am working nights which allows me to be home when the kids get home from school and to cook em dinner.
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    PAs have a lot to say, but in reality they don't get to do a whole lot without an MD's permission... also their hours are longer than RN's so they may earn a little more money but they work way more. In the middle of the night, an RN will more likely call the PA before the MD.
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    To the OP - I am not a nurse, but I am currently a teacher who is leaving teaching to become a nurse. I am a music teacher, so I had lots of outside of school commitments in addition to the normal planning and grading that goes with being a teacher. From your post, it sounds like your heart is not in teaching, and believe me, I KNOW how difficult it is to be there day after day if you do not LOVE it! I loved it at first, but now that I am burnt out, I know I have to leave.

    I am hoping that nursing, while taking away my "summers off," may give me more of an even keel to my schedule and my year. I have been completely busy, overworked and stressed out during the school year, then during the summer I would collapse for about a week, teach voice lessons to make money, clean up my classroom, and then develop a terrible inertia that made it really hard to go back in the fall. For me, a predictable schedule year-round where I actually get paid for all of the hours I work may work out better for my physical and mental health.

    Check out my old posts/threads for other perspectives on leaving teaching, if you wish....

    Also - I was a military dependent growing up, so I know about the moving around lifestyle. My mom was a teacher, and while I don't remember much about her having summers off, I DO remember that she used up all of her energy and patience at work, and then was totally drained and often crabby at home. I loved my mother very much, but after talking with my husband, I realized that I was doing the same thing with my teaching job, and we don't even have kids! I am making changes to hopefully achieve more balance in life!!!

    Let us know how it goes for you!!
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    I am a military spouse and have been an LPN for the last six years (3 duty stations) and graduated yesterday as an RN. I did this at a state university in 3 years in one duty station. I already have several job offers in AK and in several other states as well. I have never had a problem finding work, actually the opposite! My next plan of attack is to get a double master's in International Healthcare and as a NP.
    As a military spouse you get priority hiring at military and VA facilities. I am not a mom but think that nursing will not interfere as much as you think. You can work for a school or clinic and have normal 9-5 hours or you can work at a hospital 3 days a week. Good luck with PA or RN, you will do great!!!!!
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    Hi all,
    I am a military spouse and looking to go to go back to school in the medical field. I graduated college recently with my bachelors in biology and I have completed a Medical Assistant program and have been volunteering at the base hospital for the past few months (of the 6 months we are stationed in MS while my husband is in training). I originally had planned to go to PA school but now I am questioning whether it is a good career for myself as a military spouse who will be on the move every 2-3 years. I am now considering that perhaps nursing would be a better route for someone in my position. So, my predicament basically revolves around which job is more portable. Any insight would be so unbelievably appreciated. Thank you


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