what did you do in your former life? - page 7

This is for all those who have changed careers....what did you do before you decided to become a nurse??? This is just to satisfy my own curiosity....I am currently working in retail and have... Read More

  1. by   dewey69usa
    After reading some of the other posts, changing from a full-time fireman to nurse was not that big of deal. Of course I have had all of those life learning jobs--construction, lawn mower, tree trimmer, veteran. I have also learned from my mistakes. That's why it is the former life!
  2. by   Doog
    Lets see, paperboy, burger-flipper, worked in a grocery store doing everything, campus security officer, associates degree in social sciences, worked with delinquent youth, nuclear security officer, MR/DD counselor / direct care, nursing student, emergency room tech.
  3. by   moodychick
    I was a telephone operator! You may have talked to me when you dialed 411! That was great money;but, unfortunately we were on strike alot.:smilecoffeecup:
  4. by   kenny b
    I taught high school and I'm here to tell ya...
    If you decide to teach, I would go private school or not at all.
    The kids are great, but the parents and the administration can make it difficult for you.

    There are exceptions. There are good districts and communities of great parents (I hope), but be careful! I had a tough experience.

    I actually had parents complaining that my expectations were exceeding their childrens' capabilities. These parents sometimes said so in front of their children.

    Good luck to you whatever you do!
  5. by   CNS2008
    from most to least recent:
    stockbroker/mom
    stockbroker
    retail buyer
    video production

    ...between all careers, i was a beach bum...
  6. by   Verna127
    I was a pre kindergarten teacher. Verna127@aol.com
  7. by   lmessajumper
    I was a waitress and sometimes bartender for over 10 years, a travel agent for 6 months, and a reservations agent/front desk clerk for Holiday Inn for 3 years. I returned to school for nursing at 28 and have been a traveling nurse now for 7 years. My plan for later life is to retire with a small art gallery, maybe some studio rentals for artists. My varied background has certainly helped in my practice as I have worked and dealt with all types of people and find that I seem to be more open-minded than some of my coworkers who have only been in nursing.
  8. by   Pleaides
    I was a flight attendant for 24 years, and would be today except for american airlines dirty tricks. Now I work in the ER, but am considering going to OB.
  9. by   Rockit
    I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and have been doing art seriously for 15 years. Couldn't believe the number of fellow nursing students I met with previously established careers and advanced degrees.
  10. by   twotrees2
    Quote from 3rdgenRN2B
    This is for all those who have changed careers....what did you do before you decided to become a nurse??? This is just to satisfy my own curiosity....I am currently working in retail and have started prereqs for a nursing program. However, I'm also considering becoming an elementary teacher...I thought if people would share their stories it might shed a little light on my own situation. Thanks....
    hmmm - well way back when i was a trouble maker lol - then a dishwasher, waitress and order taker at a mcd's - i was also a housekeeping lady. when i grew out of my troubled teens i went to be a cna - worked there for several yrs and went on to nursing school. since then i have dabbled in teaching autistic teen children and worked in a factory warehouse for xmas monies, in home day care and home health with peds and chemo . decided to go back into nursing home and love it there ( well not the place but love my residents lol) there isn't a yr in my school growing up book that doesnt say i will be a nurse from kgarten on - except oe yr i added i wanted to be a navy wave as well as a nurse.
  11. by   beck_79
    Quote from artgeek
    I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and have been doing art seriously for 15 years. Couldn't believe the number of fellow nursing students I met with previously established careers and advanced degrees.
    I also have a BFA. I've been working as an artist's assistant for the past 5 years, and while I feel lucky to have a job in the arts, it's just too difficult to make ends meet. Plus, having learned about all aspects of being an artist with one's own business, I've decided it's definitely not something I want pursue on my own. I can't wait to do art just for the fun of it again...
  12. by   Valanda
    I worked at a plant nursery then became a florist. After my first child was born premature, I decided to go to nursing school. The NICU nurses impressed me that much! Now I do homecare and care for infants on ventilators.
  13. by   lindaobrn
    I worked in a factory loading and unloading semis with a forklift for 29 years. Then I decided I would do something similiar...ob nursing haha. Actually I had always wanted to be a nurse since high school and my daughter was an OB nurse. My job went to Mexico (anyone have Kirsch curtain rods??I probably had something to do with manufacturing them) and I got a divorce (hubby was against nursing) and went to school at age 48 graduated with my ADN. I miss my forklift at times....but love my job. Also replaced hubby with a younger man and I AM VERY happy there.

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