Attorney to Nurse Career

  1. I have been an attorney for 11 years and am about to graduate nursing school. Just trying to meet others that have made this transition.
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  3. by   Peanut&Buttercup
    I'm starting nursing school this fall. Attorney for 14. Still freaking out about it all!!
  4. by   PacoUSA
    I practiced for 10 years before starting my nursing school prereqs. Have now been a nurse for over 2 years and I never looked back. I honestly don't know how I made it through law school, nursing was so much more interesting. I don't regret changing careers at all. This is where I belong. Hope you will feel the same way!


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  5. by   zynnnie
    doing my Pre req for nursing school, was a lawyer for three years. i thought i was alone in this weird career path. #kindred spirit
  6. by   Peanut&Buttercup
    There is actually another lawyer in my class of 32. You are not alone!
  7. by   nt2002
    Quote from Paco-RN
    I practiced for 10 years before starting my nursing school prereqs. Have now been a nurse for over 2 years and I never looked back. I honestly don't know how I made it through law school, nursing was so much more interesting. I don't regret changing careers at all. This is where I belong. Hope you will feel the same way!


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    Paco-RN -- could you say more about why you are happy with your choice? I've been practicing law for 15 years and I'm seriously considering transitioning. Did you have healthcare or caregiving experience before starting school? Do you think having a JD was a problem when you entered the job market? Thanks!
  8. by   PacoUSA
    Quote from nt2002
    Paco-RN -- could you say more about why you are happy with your choice? I've been practicing law for 15 years and I'm seriously considering transitioning. Did you have healthcare or caregiving experience before starting school? Do you think having a JD was a problem when you entered the job market? Thanks!
    I think I am enjoying the stability of a nursing job, something I could never find in law. I also feel working as a nurse has more fulfilling moments that you can take home with you than representing clients. The only experience I had in healthcare before nursing school was volunteering in a hospital for 2 years prior to starting. Other than that, nothing. I dont think my JD was a hindrance in the job market at all, although you do get the "why the switch" question every single time. I think it also helps you establish some maturity and life experience that is an asset to new nurses.
  9. by   TammyG
    I practiced law for 15 years before starting back to nursing school. I wanted a total change in professions, one that would give me a lot of personal satisfaction. I have been a nurse for 4 years now and can truly say I love every minute.
  10. by   delphine22
    Just curious: Once you all have more experience, do you think you will take your experience back toward legal nurse consulting?
  11. by   PacoUSA
    Quote from delphine22
    Just curious: Once you all have more experience, do you think you will take your experience back toward legal nurse consulting?
    I most likely wont. I don't see that as a viable career option right now. I think going into risk management would be the better route for me but not sure yet how to get into that. I am not comfortable with all the inflated hype about making $125/hr as a legal nurse consultant, have yet to meet anyone who has had true success with this.


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  12. by   TammyG
    I have no interest in legal nurse consulting.
  13. by   Danzi
    I've been a lawyer for six years and am seriously considering making the switch to nursing school. I'm starting my pre-reqs now and have not decided yet whether to do a one year accelerated BSN, or do a 3 year accelerated RN/NP program. I'm scarred and excited at the same time. Could any of you give details on the types of program you completed? Thank you!
  14. by   TammyG
    Quote from Danzi
    I've been a lawyer for six years and am seriously considering making the switch to nursing school. I'm starting my pre-reqs now and have not decided yet whether to do a one year accelerated BSN, or do a 3 year accelerated RN/NP program. I'm scarred and excited at the same time. Could any of you give details on the types of program you completed? Thank you!
    I went to a four- semester accelerated BSN program. It does not exist anymore, recently having been changed to a four semester generalized MSN program that prepares you for the RN exam. I then went to NP school part-time over a four-year period while working full-time as an RN. I work in hospice care which is my passion.

    Everyone is different, but I did not want to commit to a three-year program. I did not know whether it would be rewarding enough and if I did not like being an RN, I did not want to waste additional time being an NP. Therefore being an RN first for a while before pursuing the NP he was the better choice for me.

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