if this is your 2nd (or 3rd!) career what was your first?..m - page 4

I'm just curious, what was your previous career and why did you decide to make a change? Here are my answers: In my previous life I was a Paralegal for a large corporation.:specs: I... Read More

  1. by   I1tobern
    When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a vet. Graduated from High School in 1980, and soon got stupid and married in 1982. This is the time in my life that I call the trenches. I have done just about every manufacturing job you can imagine--from slinging chicken in a poultry processing plant, to slinging underwear and tee-shirts in an undergarment factory. Went to college in 1991, had a baby in 1993, divorce in 1996. Started nursing school(the first time) in 1997. Had to drop out of nursing school (lack of funds) have been working in a library.

    Needless to say after having cancer in 1998, I decided I had better make some serious grown-up decisions about my life and found that I still had the urge for nursing, so I will be going back to school in the fall for that.

    Sorry this is so long. I wouldn't say that nursing is my first or second career. But, I will say that having done everything else, I am still drawn to nursing.
  2. by   2ndCareerRN
    Let's see,

    1. Hellion

    2. Juvenile deliquent

    3. Pumped Gas

    4. Self employed salesman

    5. Son, you got a choice to make... which led to

    6. US Navy for 21 years

    7. EMT-I

    8. LPN

    9. RN

    But, I would love to go to culinary school and open my very own small restaurant. Or become an engineer for the railroad.



    bob
  3. by   DebsZoo
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  4. by   kimtab
    Well, I have degree in photography but I never used it. I worked at a printing company for years and now I produce enduring materials for a company that organizes medical education conferences.

    Kim
  5. by   hobbes
    First time around I graduated with a BS in Computer Science and have been slinging code ever since then ('90). I basically am not satisfied anymore with sitting in front of a computer all day in a cubicle. I need to feel like I've accomplished something at the end of the day that is worthwile. Make decent money but feel pretty empty inside. I also want more interaction with different types of people.
  6. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by 2ndCareerRN
    Let's see,

    1. Hellion

    2. Juvenile deliquent

    3. Pumped Gas

    4. Self employed salesman

    5. Son, you got a choice to make... which led to

    6. US Navy for 21 years

    7. EMT-I

    8. LPN

    9. RN

    But, I would love to go to culinary school and open my very own small restaurant. Or become an engineer for the railroad.



    bob

    Wow Bob, what an exciting life !! You are an inspiration to many !

    :wink2:
  7. by   promises
    Same as Chris, I've been working as a computer programmer for almost 5 years now. Prior to that I studied for 2 yrs of nursing in my country but wasn't able to finish it. I took the short way and got my diploma in computer programming. Even though the pay is good, I'm not happy. So now i'm going back to school to do what I really love to do. A lot of people thinks I'm crazy because I'm doing this. Anyway, God-willing I will start the nursing program next fall after taking all my pre-reqs.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by promises
    same as chris, i've been working as a computer programmer for almost 5 years now. prior to that i studied for 2 yrs of nursing in my country but wasn't able to finish it. i took the short way and got my diploma in computer programming. even though the pay is good, i'm not happy. so now i'm going back to school to do what i really love to do. a lot of people thinks i'm crazy because i'm doing this. anyway, god-willing i will start the nursing program next fall after taking all my pre-reqs.
    and welcome! all the best to you!
  9. by   vettech
    Originally posted by sbic56
    vettech

    I understand and agree with you completely about your statement about going into animal healthcare for the right reasons. I did go into nursing for the challenge as well as a desire to help people. Actually, I am thinking more towards becoming a groomer and pet sitter. I think I would have a hard time dealing with dying animals on a regualr basis and bad pet owners, (not that there won't be a few of those no matter where I work with animals.) I know you will be a good nurse having already been experienced in the field you are in. Just a different type of animal.
    Also, I think those going into nursing believing they will get the respect they are looking for may be dissappointed. That is one of nurses biggest complaints about the profession...lack of respect.
    I hope others feel that way. We get a pretty even mix when we have MDs and RNs as clients. Some seem honestly impressed by our skills and procedures, others treat us like we're not "real" nurses and doctors. The WORST bunch are those who medicate their own pets using pediatric doses, assuming the meds will do the same in their pet as it does a child. I've lost count of how many animals I've lost from that. Even an infant dose of Tylenol is fatal to felines.

    My feeling is that, so long as I respect and adjust to the differences, I think I'll make a great RN. As one RN joked with me on another board, if I can hit a kitten vein, no way I'll miss a human's.

    BTW, I've done a few humans already. I've drawn blood for rabies titer levels on 2 vets I worked for. While I was tsill in school I also placed an IV catheter in my own mother's vein when the home health nurse kept missing. (It was my mom's request, I didn't want to do it.) I guess I work well under pressure and nailed it on the first try. The nurse actually laughed out loud. I really think she expected me to miss!

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