I'd like to get in touch with some nurses who are also practicing attorneys. I wanna hear their experiences, their struggles, their success stories. Before becoming a nurse, I majored and graduated with a degree in political science. I was gonna attend law school right away but decided to go to nursing school
instead because I wanted to earn money right away. My nursing career did not disappoint financially but I can't fully commit to it, constantly thinking about going back to my real passion, which is law. I'd like to know how full time nurses who are also single parents managed to succeed in law school. Also wanna know how they handled their finances while in law school.
Sep 30, '17
I was an RN for 7 years when I started law school. I graduated in 2009. I worked 16-20 hours all three years. I needed health insurance. I was also a single mom. I had no social life and lived on Red Bull and anxiety. I graduated in the top half of my class which I was disappointed about but with the lack of time commitment, it was what I earned. I worked as a Legal Intern for 3 semesters and a full summer. (Two semesters were at a Disability Law clinic at my school for credits). When I came down with mono, I bought health insurance from the school and reduced my work hours.
If I could do it all over, I would not have worked and would have tried to write onto Law Review and improved my resume. I worked as an RN full time until 18 months ago when I found my dream job. I had a solo practice prior and spent the days and evenings I was not working as an RN handling client matters.
Many of the problem solving skills are similar in the nursing and legal arenas. Law School is labor intensive. Treat studying for the bar like a full time job. I practice Social Security Disability law as a claimant's attorney. I use my nursing knowledge and skills every day. I have crushing 6 figure student loan debt and am at about 75% of my final nursing salary. It was worth it though. I love being a lawyer.
I do not work as an RN any longer for physical reasons but maintain my license.
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