want to be a nurse

  1. Hello...

    I am seriously considering moving to a nursing career, and I have a few questions... First of all, right now I have an office job with a tuition assistance company, which I really don't like as much as I thought I would. I'm tired of sitting at a desk and doing paperwork all day. I also miss working with people... I want a job that's challenging and would make me feel like I'm really doing something for other people...And to be honest I want a career where every day isn't the same... The things you see when working with the general public are "interesting."

    I'm just not really sure where to start... I already work full time and I have two little ones, so I'm not sure what kind of schooling would be best for me...Any impressions on nursing or suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    ~Erica
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   MishlB
    First of all...if you hate paperwork, nursing isn't going to make you happy!! It certainly won't be a boring desk job, and you will see some real "interesting" things working with the public in nursing as well. Some days you feel like you haven't done anything right, or helped anyone. Do you have ANY experience in medical related fields?? Maybe start as a CNA (nurse aid), to get your feet wet.
  4. by   rixiemonroe
    It isn't that I hate paperwork....I just don't like doing it forty hours a week, in a cubicle, with no one else to talk to... I've never worked in health care, but I've always thought it would be really interesting...

    ~Erica
  5. by   sjoe
    I think one of the first steps would be to read a lot of threads on this forum, student nursing forum, and those of any specialties that might interest you.

    Then you might want to do some career counseling and testing at your local community college (they often have the best tools and staff for this, and it is free) to see where your interests might take you, whether that includes nursing or not.

    Good luck.
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    erica, and welcome! all the best to you.
  7. by   JonRN
    When I was working as a nurse, I would have traded places with you in a NY minute. Hope you got a good strong back, you'll need it.
  8. by   frankie
    Rixiemonroe, Do not become discouraged. The job counseling idea is a great one. Find out what you are best suited for, especially since you are considering a school committment. Nursing is a great profession. As in any other, there are the happy, and the uphappy. If the carere counselor identifies you as a nursing candidate, I would say make school loans, skimp on expenses, get an AD in nursing, and start nursing. Of course this will take time, but...eventually you will get there. I would also say, add into your plan a BSN at a later date. It is a good idea. Good Luck with you decision. frankie, RN
  9. by   live4today
    roxiemonroe.....like that name...sounds powerful! :kiss

    Welcome aboard Allnurses!!!

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