Become a nurse at 41 from six figures??? - page 2
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Help! I have been in the corporate world for 15 years and don't think I can take it anymore. It's pointless to me. I want to help people, but after not making it into med school, I just took a different path. Now, I have a friend... Read More
- 1Aug 15, '12 by dsmithkazkI used to love being in medicine. But, with the latest entitlement attitude and the lack of people taking responsibility for themselves it has become a nightmare. Unfortunately for me I have too much time and money invested into the career. I have doctors tell me everyday they would chose another career after the involvement of Government, politicians and special interest groups. Almost all the nurses I work with are in counseling or taking antidepressants and Xanax.
- 0Aug 16, '12 by booklovinrnI would advise you to think very carefully and talk to as many nurses as possible before you make a decision. I am 51 and have had several careers. I have a CPA, MBA, worked in accounting for many years and have also taught high school for 5 years. I was not satisfied doing all these things and had always dreamed of being a nurse. I graduated May of 2011 with my BSN. Working as a nurse has been a big disappointment to me. It is very stressful and at many times feels like an impossible situation. I wanted to help and serve people (which is why I found accounting so unsatisfying) however, nursing is so busy and you are pulled in so many directions that at the end of the day, I still didn't feel I was providing the kind of care I wanted for my patients because of time constraints. The pay is also very poor. I was making more teaching high school (which is hard too, but with much better hours) than working 12 hour shifts as a nurse. To top it off, after working 7-8 months my knee started hurting, I discovered I have bone on bone arthritis and the only solution is knee replacement which I am not ready for. I have just resigned my med surg nursing position because it is too painful to work 12 hour shifts. I know there are other nursing jobs out there with better hours, but I have less than 1 year experience and right now I just can't bring myself to look.
Anyway, I don't mean to be all negative, I just want to make sure you know about some of the possiblities before you make this decision. You also might want to consider volunteering at a local hospital in the evenings or weekends. This would let you become more familiar with the environment and help make your decision. You might find that as a volunteer you can do more to truly help and serve people without all the other constraints. If you decide nursing is what you still want, then go for it.
Best of luck with whatever you decide!
- 0Aug 16, '12 by StephalumpI, personally, would not do it. You have a job, which is more than many nurses can say right now. You have the potential for a nice retirement fund, which is more than many nurses can say right now. And you clearly wanted to be a physician, which does not translate well to nursing., IMO.
Spend some time on the site and absorb the stories of RNs here. Some love their jobs. Some feel their jobs are killing THEIR souls because they went into the field to help people but don't feel the system actually allow that. Some new nurses find a job before graduation. Most do not. Some continue hunting for the job 1yr+ after finishing school.
For me; there would be too much risk. But sometime taking a risk is what you really need, so I wouldn't completely discourage you if you're a braver soul than I. Just proceed with your eyes open wide so you won't be the next user posting a thread saying "Nobody Told Me It Would Be This Way!'
- 0Aug 21, '12 by passionflowerI have mixed feelings about this, I left the corporate world for nursing over twenty years ago. Some days I wonder why but most days I am glad I did. I doubt that I would have had the experiences and opportunities that nursing afforded me if I had stayed behind that desk.
Now I have had some incredibly bad days and suffered until I found a better place in nursing that utilized all of my skills and also allows me to feel appreciated. But i suffered through a lot first - med/surg, er, long term care, those places were not for me and I got out. Now I'm happy with my patients but getting older and tired of the 12 hour shifts. I'm currently looking to enroll in school so that I could have the opportunity to do some teaching, some consulting, and maybe prn in the hospital. This is the good part about nursing. You have the options to try and make it whatever works for you.
I think you should really consider everything said and then list exactly what it is you want to do because nursing is not the only job that helps people. If you earn six figures maybe you can find a way to start your own non-profit and really help under your own terms and in your own way. Let us know what you decide and good luck!
- 0Sep 27, '12 by MrChicagoRNQuote from levzahav9Hey, that's what I was going to say! Medical school is a long haul. The OP would probably be fifty before completing school and residency. PA pays relatively well, has a much shorter entry path, and is in alignment with previous goals.If being a doctor was your dream, why not try looking into PA programs?
- 0Sep 28, '12 by levzahav9Quote from MrChicagoRNGreat minds! lolHey, that's what I was going to say! Medical school is a long haul. The OP would probably be fifty before completing school and residency. PA pays relatively well, has a much shorter entry path, and is in alignment with previous goals.
PAs also make slightly more than NPs.
I went to a CVS a few weeks ago because they started a new "minute clinic" which is a walk-in clinic. (if you don't have CVS it's a drugstore like Walgreens). Basically there were no doctors, just two very capable NPs. So you could really help people out with those kinds of titles.