What did you do before starting Nursing School? - page 3

Hello all! I am starting nursing school in January as im sure many more of you are and I was just wondering what it was that everyone did before they started nursing school. Im thinking about... Read More

  1. by   lpnadmin
    I worked for myself in PC installation, setup and repair. I even did teaching on software programs like excel and word. I used the money from jobs to buy nursing books and gas to classes. (I never went to a job without my "swiss army knife" cd-rom, which was a CD full of diagnostic/antiviral/repair programs)

    I also delivered pizza for a local pizzeria. They and my family were my biggest supporters during nursing school.

    Even today, I still get trouble calls (mostly virus-related) and requests for tutorials on how to burn CD's/DVD's. And I try to fit them in on my days off.

    lpnadmin
    not a geek, but a level 61 dungeonmaster.
    Last edit by lpnadmin on Nov 5, '05
  2. by   ICRN2008
    I am a medical technologist and I'm still working, though I have cut down to 0.5 FTE.
  3. by   lunakat
    I worked and continue to work as a telephone operator at a local indian casino. It is a good job that allows me to do homework while on the clock in between calls. I am quitting in December becasue I got hired as an extern at my local hopsital....
  4. by   r_janice
    Quote from Nathalie
    Did anyone take some time off before starting to relax or am I the only lazy one?
    Relax??? :chuckle I wish!!! I worked fulltime (still do while in school) and took prereqs. I actually took two summer courses right before going into nursign school. Wish I could have quit my job n did nothing.

    Good luck n enjoy your month off!!
  5. by   runningfool
    I graduated from college expecting to go to law school and applied for a job at a local university's law library in order to get free tuition, but the job was filled. Human resources sent my resume to the medical school library and they hired me. I've been working there ever since. I don't remember when, but somewhere along the line I decided that law was not for me and that I'd like to go into nursing because I loved volunteering at the university hospital. But I had some stress issues and still have PTSD and some other issues from something that happened to me, so for a few years it seemed impossible for me to go back to school.
    Therapy helped alot. In fact, my second to last day in therapy this past January is the reason I'm beginning nursing school in Jan 2006. The place I went for therapy had programs for all the area hospitals - I'm not sure if it is SANE training or just an informational program for any nurse who is interested - and I overheard a nurse enrolled in the program say something while I was waiting for my appointment. Nothing before had ever fired me up enough to overcome my fears, anxiety, panic attacks, incredible stress, and depression. I signed up for nursing pre-req classes at the community college as soon as I got home from my appointment since the university I work for doesn't offer those classes in the summer. And that's how I got to where I am now.
  6. by   smokeyoaks82358
    I taught kindergarteners, did home care for the elderly, as a companion and was a promotion/research assistant for the local newspaper, PLUS I'm a mom to 3 great kids!
  7. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from Nathalie
    Hello all!
    I am starting nursing school in January as im sure many more of you are and I was just wondering what it was that everyone did before they started nursing school. Im thinking about quitting my job at the beginning og December so I could relax a bit and enjoy my "last" month. I was also thinking about taking some of that time to review some anatomy and read a book that I bought called studying tips for beginning nursing students....i think thats what it called. So anyways what did you all do?
    Graduated from college in summer 2004 and waitressed a little while after that...couldnt find a job so I started back to nursing school in May of the next year....worked in a ENT office for a short minute...HATED IT! other than that? A whole lot of NOTHIN!
  8. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from runningfool
    I graduated from college expecting to go to law school and applied for a job at a local university's law library in order to get free tuition, but the job was filled. Human resources sent my resume to the medical school library and they hired me. I've been working there ever since. I don't remember when, but somewhere along the line I decided that law was not for me and that I'd like to go into nursing because I loved volunteering at the university hospital. But I had some stress issues and still have PTSD and some other issues from something that happened to me, so for a few years it seemed impossible for me to go back to school.
    Therapy helped alot. In fact, my second to last day in therapy this past January is the reason I'm beginning nursing school in Jan 2006. The place I went for therapy had programs for all the area hospitals - I'm not sure if it is SANE training or just an informational program for any nurse who is interested - and I overheard a nurse enrolled in the program say something while I was waiting for my appointment. Nothing before had ever fired me up enough to overcome my fears, anxiety, panic attacks, incredible stress, and depression. I signed up for nursing pre-req classes at the community college as soon as I got home from my appointment since the university I work for doesn't offer those classes in the summer. And that's how I got to where I am now.
    WOW good for you! Congrats on your achievements, I hope all goes well for you in NS!!!!
  9. by   Jerico
    Quote from kiyatylese
    I worked at Wal Mart for 5 years and I quit after I was accepted into nursing school. I am working as a Nurse Aide now. I took a big paycut, but it was worth it. I could have never learned about patient care at Wal Mart. If I could have afford it to stay home while in school, I would do it.
    Isn't it Walmart that they are planning to put Nurse/Doc-In-The-Boxes in?



    I was a) EMS 911 operator; 2) Civil Engineering Tech; 3) Air Force Officer; 4) Hospital Administrator; 5) Mom of four (three still at home) ages 11-29; 6) Gerontologist; 7) University teacher; 8) Wife of 20 years.

    I say: TAKE a break.

    Nursing school was one of the toughest things I'd EVER taken on!
    The ONLY thing harder is marriage.

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