From Cop to Nurse - page 2

I am currently a cop in my hometown and have been in this career for going on seven years. I was never afforded the opportunity to go to college and until recently never saw the need for me to go. Recently I have thought... Read More

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    Nursing is a great career for men. And it pays better than law enforcment. One thing to consider though. Become a nurse and you can expect to work full time until you are 65 (or older). There isn't really early retirment in nursing like in LE & military. There are some exceptions like military nurses and certain state agencies, Calfornia Deaprtment of Corrections for example. But if you plan to work in a hospital or nursing home type of situation expect to maybe have to be working on the day your grand kids graduate from high school

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    Wow, my husband is going through the exact same thing (including the part about just starting a family.) I am a new nursing student and he has begun to seriously consider changing career paths. So there is nothing but encouragement here. ER would most likely be the best place for you to get a job because I have heard from my instructors that they eat ex-police up. The ER is where most chaos happens, drunks, combative patients (as well as difficult visitors,) rapes, ect. If you would like to combine law enforcement and nursing, forensic nursing would be an amazing fit.
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    We have no particular preference for ex-cops because the nurses are not permitted to physically engage except in urgent self-defense, which, thankfully, is relatively rare.

    Of course, working at an academic facility has its advantages... specifically, our own sworn peace officers with all the authority and accoutrements thereof.

    I don't see how large EDs can safely operate without a sworn cop close by at all times... even the small ones can get dicey at times.
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    The observation and communication skills you use as and officer will serve you well as a nurse. Good Luck!
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    Quote from blueline
    Thanks for all of the positive feedback I think I'm going to sign up to start my pre-reqs this fall again thanks!
    Great!

    I know several cops that became nurses and I myself was a criminal justice major before I decided to jump ships. Easy transition once you get past the pre-reqs.
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    PM me.
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    Hey, I'm a retired NYPD special victims detective (20 years) and I'm graduating nursing school in six weeks. It's something I had wanted to do for a long time, so 5 years before my eligible retirement date, I started goin to school for the pre-reqs. I applied to the nursing program a few months before my date and was accepted. I've never been so happy. I love it and u will too, once u get over the focker jokes. Lol! If its something u truly want, do it, but uve gotta really want it. It's much too hard for something ur heart's not really in to....I highly recommend it....Good Luck!
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    Quote from Rich2692
    Hey, I'm a retired NYPD special victims detective (20 years) and I'm graduating nursing school in six weeks. It's something I had wanted to do for a long time, so 5 years before my eligible retirement date, I started goin to school for the pre-reqs. I applied to the nursing program a few months before my date and was accepted. I've never been so happy. I love it and u will too, once u get over the focker jokes. Lol! If its something u truly want, do it, but uve gotta really want it. It's much too hard for something ur heart's not really in to....I highly recommend it....Good Luck!
    Man I'd like to have your job for awhile. Law and order type stuff :awesome:
    What brings you to nursing if I may ask?
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    Quote from Rich2692
    Hey, I'm a retired NYPD special victims detective (20 years) and I'm graduating nursing school in six weeks. It's something I had wanted to do for a long time, so 5 years before my eligible retirement date, I started goin to school for the pre-reqs. I applied to the nursing program a few months before my date and was accepted. I've never been so happy. I love it and u will too, once u get over the focker jokes. Lol! If its something u truly want, do it, but uve gotta really want it. It's much too hard for something ur heart's not really in to....I highly recommend it....Good Luck!

    *** That is the way to do it. Retire with your pension THEN enter nursing. That is perfect. Nurses are going to work until they are nearly 70 to get any kind of retirement.
    I urge those who are considering giving up their job that offers a pension at 20 or so years to enter nursing to reconsider it.
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    Hey, one of the guys in my class is currently a cop (25 year vet). He brings his sence ofhumor with him to school and clinical. One of the RNs was answering a question about getting a patient to be more compliant when my classmate said (under his breath, a little) "Taser, it always motivates) The whole station was cracking up. He is a good Nursing student and will make a good nurse, you will too.


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