Teacher turned Nurse - page 2

by NamasteNurse

I miss teaching. I miss summer vacation. Christmas vacation, Easter break, President's day. I miss the bell that says "go home", or the one that signals the end of a horrible class. I miss teenagers, the chatter, the... Read More


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    :heartbeat THanks for the well composed article. But i think if you had really loved teaching you can as well bring it into nursing .Giving a health talk is part of teaching and if you even want to go into teaching full time you can sa well enroll into the proggramme of NURSING EDUCATOR.i wish you the best .
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    Why would you leave teaching for this madness? Do you have any idea how many nurses wish to be teachers?
    DizzyLizzyNurse likes this.
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    This was a great piece. I will be starting my clinicals in January having switched from teaching. Teaching has its rewards as well as does nursing. I am sure that you had your great moments in teaching and you will have more in nursing. Kudus...
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    Well just be aware that nurses are not pampered by administration and have no powerful union to speak for them. They work weekends, holidays, shifts, seven day stretches and long days with no lunch break much of the time. There is no prep time, there are no subs to call in, no students to run errands, no down time, no pep rallies or field trips. We work every day, very hard for little reward other than that great feeling you get when you have saved a life or recognized a serious problem and prevented it. No one will ever know you have done it but you. It is a very different ballgame and I can say this because I work in a school. I am a nurse and I still work longer hours with no breaks and much more stress and responsibility than the teachers and they make about $20,000 a year more than me! It does not matter what setting you are in, nursing is always very very hard.
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    Quote from NamasteNurse
    Thank you for your comments and suggestions. Laura, that's what I am thinking...but first I need some experience. I've only been nursing for 10 months. I'm 52 years old and getting ready to get my RN. I love learning, so it's not a chore for me. Thanks again! I also love writing!
    I am glad I read your post. Can you please tell us here where you attended your Nursing course? Thank You.
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    NamasteNurse you are a gifted and talented writer! I love your articles. Keep writing.
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    This is interesting. I am also a teacher in my third year of teaching, and will hopefully start the nursing program soon. I do not like the way education is going with all the testing, and the budget cuts, so I thought I would give nursing a try. It's interesting to hear someone else's perspective on going from teacher to nurse. One of the things I will never miss from teaching is taking my work home with me, spending my own $ on my class all the time, and coming in to work two hours early or staying late.
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    You could teach Nursing!
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    As a former teacher, I too worked long hours. Long hours at home preparing for my classes. I was not pampered by my principals, but ignored or harassed. I attended funeral(s) of students killed because of gangs and suicides. These were students who I had long-term relationships with.
    My trusty Chicago Teachers Union did not save me when my job was cut due to budgetary reasons. After teaching for a set amount of years, I was guaranteed tenure where I would work as a full-time sub for a year if my position was cut, but now I can't even serve as a sub in Chicago because they closed the pool. I think that just about covers it.
    I will take my future nursing career over teaching today, and maybe most days, because: there is some form of accountability in the medical field, unlike teaching, and I'm hopeful for some job security. I want to work and work hard and not worry if anyone but the patient is satisfied because I'm used to not being recognized for a job well done. The reward of a job well done....
    Ryba and cherryames1949 like this.
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    Thank you for giving me some insight on changing careers. I also deal with many of the same issues that you dealt with. Arizona is a right to work state, so we can be terminated at any time. I am also fearful that I will lose my job one day too. I made a mistake moving to Arizona to teach. I started the year out with 35 students in my 4th grade class, and I think that says it all....

    I spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars of my own money on my supplies. The only supplies I am given for the year is two cases of copy paper. Everything else has to be provided by me or parents, and parents don't provide anything. I go into work two hours early on most days, and bring papers home with me on weekends. I don't think other people realize how hard teachers work for such little monetary gains.
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