changing careers - page 3

by iTyrizzle87

Just curious if there are any other career changers? I am a former public school science teacher who has decided to pursue my original passion, which is nursing. I kick myself all the time because I started out as pre-med, then... Read More


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    I have been in law enforcement for the past 4 and a half years. Just over 2 years ago, I watched half of my patrol squad get laid off just before the city began chomping at the bit to "reform" our pension. I decided to revisit the idea of nursing school which I initially considered after my time in the military. I start nursing school here in Jacksonville, FL in January.
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    I was an engineer for almost 20 years. I got tired of always wondering when the layoffs were going to hit and the 'keep your resume updated' mentality. I was also weary of the uncompensated overtime and the travel (which was fun for awhile but got very old).

    I've been a nurse for 4 years and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

    There are aspects of engineering that I miss and aspects of nursing that I'd like to miss but overall, my present nursing job (my 3rd) is a much better gig than were most of my (5) engineering jobs.
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    Former teacher turned nurse. Best decision I've made for myself!
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    Quote from Dewman
    My sad but true advice is to NOT go into nursing.

    I was an engineer for over 20 years, and saw my last two jobs basically shipped to Mexico. I went back to school to study nursing, partially because I liked it, and partially because of the supposed job security and demand for nurses.

    Well, there IS no demand for nurses these days - at least not for new nurses. Every hospital wants 1-2 years experience, but none are willing to GIVE you that experience. The only RN positions are ones that can be filled by an RN or an LPN, in long term care.

    In my last position in LTC, I had responsibility for 35 patients. I called it "McNursing", because there is no way to provide quality nursing care for that many patients.

    I didn't go to nursing school for this. My time in nursing school seems to have been a waste.
    I was an engineer too. (Jobs in my field shipped to China). Unlike Dewman, I am thrilled about my career change. I did my time in a horrible LTC, but I did it as my first CNA job. Got the heck out after working there two years during school.

    If your main concern is job security or pay, don't go into nursing. They will never be able to pay you enough and you will be miserable. I work with some 25+ year nurses who absolutely hate coming to work, except for the pay. Looks horrible.
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    Glad to hear that you are going for something that you want, and not just settling for something you don't really care about. I know you can do it if you put your mind to it.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    I was an engineer for almost 20 years. I got tired of always wondering when the layoffs were going to hit and the 'keep your resume updated' mentality. I was also weary of the uncompensated overtime and the travel (which was fun for awhile but got very old).

    I've been a nurse for 4 years and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

    There are aspects of engineering that I miss and aspects of nursing that I'd like to miss but overall, my present nursing job (my 3rd) is a much better gig than were most of my (5) engineering jobs.
    My experience exactly. My present nursing job (my first) is a much better gig than my previous 3 engineering jobs.

    On nice summer days, I do miss the opportunity to turn to some douche canoe slacker in sales and go, "Hey, it's a nice day, let's knock off early and play nine holes!"

    But that is really about it.
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    Quote from ArtClassRN
    If your main concern is job security or pay, don't go into nursing. They will never be able to pay you enough and you will be miserable.
    My main concern is job security and pay. I'm in a pretty secure situation with bumping rights and they pay me very well.
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    I taught school for three semesters after I finished college. I really had no direction but had good grades and the right subject matter classes needed to pass the PRAXIS exams. I had no pedagogy background, but I was offered a job, because at least at the time, there was a shortage of science teachers. It wasn't for me though so I quit and went to work for state government doing mundane things for our equivalent of the U.S. Dept. of Interior. I got to travel a lot though! Oh, and then eight years later I became a nurse.
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