CareerChnger1974 563 Views
Joined: Jul 9, '07;
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Well, it's nice to see there are a lot of people out there like me. I have been working in the corpporate world for almost 10 years. I have an MBA and my most recent job was as a Brand Manager for a Fortune 500. The problem was that I was totally miserable. I stuck it out as long as I could because the pay was so good (salary was in the six figures), but finally called it quits after my second child was born. I just couldn't take any more 60 hour work weeks when I desperately wanted to be doing something else. I have been dreaming of going into the nursing field for about 6 years now.
So, I start my clinicals for an ADN program next month. Most people around me think I am crazy to pay good money to go back to school for a cereer where I may some day make half the salary I once made.
Here's my big fear . . . I'll spend all of this time and money to become a nurse, and end up frustrated by my loss of "status". I have talked to several nurses who have given me some good advice about the career, but I don't feel like it is appropriate for me to ask, "So, do you ever have patients or doctors treat you in a derogatory way?" I think that would be a belittling question.
I have the utmost respect for nurses, especially after taking A&P and understanding the rigor of the coursework. Plus, I love the things I am learning. I'm just scared of making a mistake.
One piece of advice I do have, that has served me well so far. Be humble about your background and education. I have taken that approach so far in all of my pre-req classes. I never told any of my classmates or professors that I have a masters or even a bachelors. I think it makes you stand out in a bad way if people know that. Some will think that you believe you are "better" than them.
Good luck with your career change. I just took my CPR certification class a few weekends ago and came home so pumped! My husband commented that I must have finally found what I was meant to do because he had never seen me so excited about anything work related before!
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