Help! 8 yr legal sec'y wants to change careers & enter nursing school

  1. Hello everyone:

    Im a 30 year old single mom looking to change careers. I took some prerequisites for nursing school about 10 years ago but dropped out of school to go to business school because it was "quicker" for me. But over the years I've always looked back and thought about finishing nursing school and now I feel that I need to do it. I am unhappy in my career.

    My question is has anyone out there changed from one career where they have a lot of experience to a nursing career.

    I really dont want to have to wait to finish nursing school to get a job in the medical field. I'd really like to start working in the medical field now...maybe as a medical secretary but I have no medical background. Can someone please give me some advice. Thanks!
    •  
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   fishbabies
    Quote from babyblue113
    Hello everyone:

    Im a 30 year old single mom looking to change careers. I took some prerequisites for nursing school about 10 years ago but dropped out of school to go to business school because it was "quicker" for me. But over the years I've always looked back and thought about finishing nursing school and now I feel that I need to do it. I am unhappy in my career.

    My question is has anyone out there changed from one career where they have a lot of experience to a nursing career.

    I really dont want to have to wait to finish nursing school to get a job in the medical field. I'd really like to start working in the medical field now...maybe as a medical secretary but I have no medical background. Can someone please give me some advice. Thanks!
    Hi! With your experience you might want to look into a job as a ward secretary in a hospital. That way you have three different shifts available to choose from to work as you go to nursing school (to schedule around classes and clinicals). I know alot of my fellow nursing students who do that. Also once you start clinicals and get some experience then if the hospital has openings for nurse aides or nurse externs, they would maybe offer you a position if you already work there. (I am going to work as a nurse extern this summer in between semesters.)
    By the way, I also waited to go back to school to finish my nursing degree. I will finally graduate next May and will be turning 35 a few months before I graduate! If you really want to you should go for it! Good Luck!
    ~Michelle~
    Last edit by fishbabies on Feb 11, '05 : Reason: typo
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I was active military once, and not a nurse. No regrets. Graduated school in 1997, and not sorry. Many here are 2nd career nurses, you will not be alone!

close