Switching careers to nursing. who has done it? - page 4

I am thinking of going back to school to become an RN. My wife is an RN and like most nurses she does work hard, has her bad days, but also has some very rewarding days to go along with a decent... Read More

  1. by   2002MissRN
    i made the move from accounting, after 21 years, to nursing. however, i started out (in the dinosaur age) as a nursing student, got married...then the kids. went back got accounting degree, worked 7 years as an accountant. the last job was in a home health agency where i decided i wanted to go back to nursiing. i don't regret the decision to do so. i worked 80 hour weeks during tax season..oh the money was great but i had no time to spend it; not to mention my husband and kids were strangers by april 15th. i love the flexbility and the diversity of nursing. speaking of which i have decided to do some travel nursing now that the kids are out of the house..just me, the ole man, and the doggies. has anyone out there done any traveling nursing? would love to hear some tips.....you won't regret your decision to get into nursing.
  2. by   br107
    in the process. finishing up pre-reqs and researching local adn programs.

    ba in economics. past career WAS in sales operations, marketing. bye, bye, world of commerce. i always knew health care was where i was "meant" to be. never really acted on it until a recent layoff and some soul searching nudged me to take action. very cool. the whole turn of events has a "fated" feel to it. ya ya i know soooo corny. lol.
  3. by   sawbuck
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    Just started a few months ago. So far, so good. I know all about loosing your motivating for your current career. I just couldn't see myself sitting behind that desk saying "we'll touch base later" for another 30 years. So not for me.

    -S
    I have been an RN for 11 yrs now and earned my degree BSN at the age of 45. I was medic in the Vietnam era. Before I worked many facets in the construction industry. Nusing is good when we can "Nurse." There is a lot of baggage to carrry along with the job. To do it again I would seek a slant on Sonography of Nuclear Med nursing. Great future in these fields.
  4. by   sean_rn
    Go for it.

    I became a nurse at 30 and have had no regrets, best decision I have ever made. Yes i had to pay my dues initially but the same holds true for any job. The options have seemed limitless: My nursing career has brought me to many places, ie: Cruise ships, Asia, africa, USA (I'm Canadian) and am now working as a flight nurse in California... awsome job. I have only been an RN for 7 years! Not to metion the $100,000 + I have made each year for the past 4 years. Go for it.... I am sure you too will have few regrets.

    Sean : )
  5. by   xng
    Quote from sean_rn
    Go for it.

    I became a nurse at 30 and have had no regrets, best decision I have ever made. Yes i had to pay my dues initially but the same holds true for any job. The options have seemed limitless: My nursing career has brought me to many places, ie: Cruise ships, Asia, africa, USA (I'm Canadian) and am now working as a flight nurse in California... awsome job. I have only been an RN for 7 years! Not to metion the $100,000 + I have made each year for the past 4 years. Go for it.... I am sure you too will have few regrets.

    Sean : )
    Mind telling me the specialty nursing degree that can earn 100,000 per year ?
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from xng
    Mind telling me the specialty nursing degree that can earn 100,000 per year ?
    I do know that CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists) earn over $100,000 annually in most parts of the U.S.
  7. by   NaomieRN
    I have been a Nutritionist for about 7 years, I am going back for nursing. I will start in September 06. My sister has been a nurse for about 12 years and still loving it. I just hope I dont get tired after 10 years. My mother used to say, never get tired of doing something good.

    Good luck to you all!
  8. by   K98
    I retired from law enforcement after 25 years. I'm 45, a full-time student in an RN program due to graduate in June of 2006. I'm still working part-time as a police officer for mad money, but may give that up after graduation. My wife is an RN in a level one trauma center, and I would like to work in a unit similar to hers. We'll see what developes after graduation .
  9. by   piper_for_hire
    Agency nurses here make $47 flat rate. There are so many shifts available, you can work 7 days a week. Maybe get cancelled 2-3 times a year. So work 4 shifts a week => 47*12*4*52 = $117K. Not bad.

    -S

    Quote from xng
    Mind telling me the specialty nursing degree that can earn 100,000 per year ?
  10. by   sean_rn
    That is exactly how I made 100,000+ for many years... was paid at a rate of 48/hr, worked 48hr/week and usually worked 44 weeks/year... (do the math) needed at least 2 months off a year to enjoy life and travel. Note: This was a position as a travel nurse, usually 3 month contracts at a time.. appartment, car, and travel to and from destination provided and paid for. I often worked more than 48/hr per week which usually brought my annual up to $115,000 to $120,000 USD. So as I said before... come aboard, we could use the help. PS. I have always worked trauma centers prior to being a flight nurse. I must not forget to mention that I always worked in California... I find this to be one of the better states to work in as a nurse.... minus the current governator
  11. by   shomelggs
    I worked for the largest beer manufacture in the St. Louis area before deciding to quite and persue my nursing career. I want to make a difference at the end of the day. I can actually say that I have enjoyed this a great deal.

    I have good days and bad days but the payoff of helping those that can't help themselves if PRICELESSS!!!!
  12. by   xng
    Quote from sean_rn
    That is exactly how I made 100,000+ for many years... was paid at a rate of 48/hr, worked 48hr/week and usually worked 44 weeks/year... (do the math) needed at least 2 months off a year to enjoy life and travel. Note: This was a position as a travel nurse, usually 3 month contracts at a time.. appartment, car, and travel to and from destination provided and paid for. I often worked more than 48/hr per week which usually brought my annual up to $115,000 to $120,000 USD. So as I said before... come aboard, we could use the help. PS. I have always worked trauma centers prior to being a flight nurse. I must not forget to mention that I always worked in California... I find this to be one of the better states to work in as a nurse.... minus the current governator
    Is there a higher demand for flight nurse as compared to a nurse working in a hospital who doesn't do travelling ?
  13. by   piper_for_hire
    There is demand for all kinds of nursing.

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