Teacher turned Nurse - page 3
by NamasteNurse 23,543 Views | 44 Comments
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
- 1Nov 13, '10 by riggy3NamasteNurse You mention "Seeing that light bulb go on". In your career change to nursing you will have many opportunities to see it again. Possibly when you orient a new student nurse, graduate or teach something to a patient. Teaching is a big role for every nurse.
In my present stage of my 30 year career I am making a transition from nurse to Nurse educator I find it very rewarding to see that "Bulb go on"
- 4Nov 16, '10 by LJTulsaMiteacher,
I completely agree! I taught for two years and was laid off. Now, I get to pursue something I have always wanted to do, which is nursing. I find it funny how many people think teaching is an easy profession. Summers off, vacation time during the year, work ends at 3ish, etc., but it is much different. If you are a great teacher, you put in countless hours of work (weekend, holidays, and summers especially) and don't leave until way after the children have left and you spend all your free-time preparing for class.
- 3Nov 17, '10 by nursemarionOKaay. Wait until you try nursing. Personally, I have taught before and I prefer nursing, but nursing is definitely harder. The thing I do not like about teaching is you always have to be "on", like an actor. At least with nursing if you are not feeling up to snuff you can just kind of be quiet and do your work, or you forget about it because of all the drama surrounding you. I am also a one-on-one kind of teacher so I prefer teaching a patient to a class. Being up in the bright lights on display and trying to entertain a class enough to keep them paying attention is just not my idea of fun.
- 0Nov 17, '10 by nursemarionQuote from tiger123What are you talking about? Can you rephrase this? Are you talking about needle gauges? Such as a large needle like an 18 being a smaller number than a smaller needle like a 24? If so, I don't know why, just the way it was set up. Maybe a 24 is 24 times smaller than a 1. This is a very old system of measurement so they designed it in their own way back then.i want know about medicat of serum why when gauges smal the measure be big
- 0Nov 17, '10 by summrYou made some good points. As a teacher, you have a certain responsibility to be a role model for students, and
they watch your behavior for any inconsistencies, etc. It's like you are a parent to each class or your group of students if your
elementary. I don't think nursing will be easier, it seems more grueling overall, but your job is more straightforward.
- 0Nov 17, '10 by ikonczHi
I am also a teacher who wishes to change carrier to nursing. I read the comments and all I want to say is that after 4 years of teaching my nerves could not take it any more. I was a tough person and I became a vegetable from all that stress. Dealing with the behavior problems and bad system (the No Child Left Behind ) made me a person with no values because I always had to be flexible and give students chances over chances so that everybody can be happy except me.
Now I would like to consider nursing but I am afraid that I will be in the same situation as in teaching and I do not want to invest money and years in a carrier that will not give me the satisfaction I expect from a carrier. And what I expect is hard work for limited hours, good pay and respect. I do not want to come home and start working again like I did during teaching. I have kids and I would like to spend time with them while I am not too stressed out.
I also would like to know what is the best way to become an RN. I was suggested to do a CNA training and start working and then start the nursing program. I checked and I need the prerequisite courses. If somebody could guide me it would be great. I still plan to do some more research but I need your view on this too.
Thank you all.
- 1Nov 18, '10 by nursemarionWell some jobs in nursing are 50 or more hours a week. I often brought home work from my home health and hospice jobs, and did lots of work at home in my case management job. No weekends off, holidays or summer breaks either and the days are at a minimum 8.5 hours long- usually more. You have to compromise your values constantly because there is never enough time to do the job the way you were trained. Any job working with people is stressful- nursing and teaching both have this factor. Management in nursing does not support or pamper you like the principal does in the school. They prefer to write you up or look for what you have done wrong.
On the plus side, there are many days and experiences that are rewarding. You help someone, and you get a great feeling from it. Part of why I stay in health care is that addictive feeling that you get from making a difference to someone. You also can have friendships and relationships at work that are closer than those that teachers seem to have. Teachers are more isolated. There are still many hoops to jump through, the same government rules and nonsense that regulate schools is in health care.
I think trying a CNA course would give you a taste and minimize your risk, but realize that you will never have the security and stability in nursing that you have in teaching. And, you will still have massive stress, so know that going in. But in turn you will have some flexibility to move around, change fields, find your niche.
- 0Nov 18, '10 by summrI was not pampered by my principal, and I DID NOT have job security. Every June of my 5 years teaching I wasn't sure if I was coming back.
On the other hand, I took a CNA class last summer to see if I wanted to work in health care, and the nurse that taught the class was always working on paperwork for her home health patients, 50 pages for a new intake!
I simply will like the idea of being able to look for a job year-round and not have to start in August, and, yes, teachers are often isolated. I also like the idea of having a defined skill set. I was an art teacher and at my school the arts weren't as important because so much emphasis was placed on our students improving their test scores and art was not part of this preparation as much as math, science, and English.
- 2Nov 18, '10 by LJTulsaTeaching and nursing.... both difficult careers. Nurses will say being a teacher would be easier, and teachers say the same of nursing. I think there is a big misconception about teachers and the support they have whether it be from administration, parents, fellow co-workers, unions, etc. People tend to think that teachers are supported by all these people when they really aren't in many situations. In most situations, (like myself) they have unsupportive parents who are on your case all day and don't want to put any effort towards their child's education and lazy administration who watches you like a hawk an is just waiting for the moment when you goof up. There are however, many teachers who do have support from all those people and that is such a blessing.
Im not leaving teaching because I think nursing will be easier or there will be more job security (heaven knows they have always said teachers will always be able to find a job and we know that isn't true right now (I was laid off after 2 years!)). I am interested in nursing because like summr said, you can begin anytime of year and also there are so many more things you can do with a nursing degree. I think we could argue about which is a more difficult career until we are all blue in the face. In the end, some people are more suited for nursing and some are more suited for teaching.We might just have to try both to figure it out!