What did you do before you were a nurse?

  1. Nurses come from all walks of life. I'm just curious about other jobs people have help before they began their nursing careers. The more obscure the better.

    Do tell...
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  2. 85 Comments

  3. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    Mommy, vet tech, group home manager with developmentally disabled adults.
  4. by   Lola77
    I analyzed and wrote personality assessments - great job! but I moved to be with my husband so I decided to go to nursing school.
  5. by   BSNRN2010
    I was actually a CNA first because my mom thought it would be a good idea to see what their job entailed while I waited to get into a program. It paid the bills but I was not happy! LOL
  6. by   EarthChild1130
    I was a vet tech, a secretary, a waitress, and a mental health tech at a forensics evaluation unit. Personally I'd have loved to go to vet school but chemistry kicks my BUTT! But I like being a psych nurse lol.
  7. by   CrazierThanYou
    Fast food worker, CNA, factory worker, elementary school teacher, CNA. Now, I'm in nursing school.
  8. by   NickiLaughs
    I was a deli clerk at a grocery store. It was a job I had til I went to LVN school, then an LVN til I went to RN school.
  9. by   annaedRN
    waited tables, worked in one hr photo lab, kmart, convenience store, nanny, daycare, factory worker, courier for lawyer - most of while I was in HS or college. I love nursing...but some days the clock in, clock out, little responsibility jobs dont seem as bad as they used to....
  10. by   Aberdeen
    I'm just a student, but I came from a corporate restaurant company as an operations manager.
  11. by   LoveMyBugs
    started in fast food at 16, manager by 18 stayed for 5 more years untill I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
    Then was a deli clerk for 2 years while working on pre-reqs
    CNA in LTC for a year then the ER while trying to get into school and during nursing school.
    Passed NCLEX yesterday and am now educated but unemployed
  12. by   diva_nurse
    Investment counselor and certified financial planner until I lost my job when the stock market went south.
    Diva_nurse
  13. by   tokebi
    Right out of high school, I studied to become an animator, but then went to military, and then met a very skilled civilian LVN working at the base clinic who inspired me, so went to nursing school after discharge.
  14. by   camay1221_RN
    I was a personal banker for 10 years full-time and a bartender part-time.

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