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  • Aug 18

    I found myself in a similar situation, except that for me it involved the legal profession. For almost 10 years I had jobs in private practice and legal aid as well as stints as a solo practitioner and with the U.S. government (mostly immigration but some jobs explored a few other areas of law as well). None brought me complete satisfaction and it was a year ago when I started to think about nursing (and when I originally started college I was a pre-med major, so I feel I have come full circle now). It's too long a story as to how I ended up in law, but for the sake of time and money I too should have listened to my inner voice and quit law school that first semester when I was drowning in memos, case briefings and the Rule Against Perpetuities. Oh well, I continued on, graduated, passed the Bar and went on to work in hopes things would get better, and they really did not. I was good at most of what I did, but there was always a missing link and life I found was too short to continue feeling that way.

    What I did to confirm my intuitive decision was take a computerized career inventory at my nearest One-Stop career center (not sure if they have those where you live, they are often associated with unemployment agencies). It was free to take and you spend an hour answering questions that more or less determine what careers best suit you. Well, not to my surprise: the health care professions came up on top of the heap, followed by social services and business. Law was not dead last but somewhere in the lower half (agricultural occupations was dead last, of course - I grew up in NYC and can practically kill a plant with my eyes ... LOL)! Can you believe it? Where was this thing 20 years ago

    Well, my point is: try to get one of these done and see in what direction your interests lie. Perhaps there is a career path that will complement your nursing background, many here have suggested fine options. I don't intend on abandoning my legal background altogether. After some years in nursing, I plan to reintroduce my legal experience into nursing and THAT I feel was the missing link.

  • Jul 25

    I'm glad I never listened to someone like the OP. Going into nursing as a 2nd career is the best decision I've ever made.


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  • Jul 24

    Quote from StudentNurseKitteh
    ask yourself: why do you want to be a nurse anaesthetist?
    Everyone that I have heard that wants to be one basically does it for the bug buck$$. Have yet to hear someone express a much more salient reason.

  • Jul 19

    I was on academic probation my first semester in college due to a 1.8 GPA (I'm not ashamed of talking about that anymore). It was simply due to partying too much and enjoying my new-found independence. That was years ago, and since that semester I made efforts to do better. I ended up aceing my prereqs and being accepted years later into two competitive accelerated BSN programs, one of which I graduated with honors. I know time helped heal the wounds of my academic probation, but in your case you might want to speak to an academic counselor to see how this is best addressed in your admission applications. But as you can see, probation does not end your dream of being a nurse. It did not end mine.

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  • Jun 27

    Quote from aismail3
    i guess what's really affecting my nerves is that i still haven't met my preceptor. once i actually meet her, i will either be relieved by her friendliness or terrified if she turns out to be a wtich!
    what makes you think you won't get a male for a preceptor? just sayin' ...

  • May 31

    Quit. Quit now.

    Your manager is an out-of-touch idiot.

    Watch your HCAHPS scores plummet.

    If I were a patient, I would forbid you from waking me up for this nonsense and I would refuse this while I had visitors.

    Geez!

  • May 31

    None of your business? Sounds to me like YOU are the inappropriate one. I guess me walking by your patient's room when you are in the med room and seeing he is about to fall should not be any of my business either? 😒 You are the type of nurse that makes it hard to work in a hospital 😒

  • May 28

    Quit. Quit now.

    Your manager is an out-of-touch idiot.

    Watch your HCAHPS scores plummet.

    If I were a patient, I would forbid you from waking me up for this nonsense and I would refuse this while I had visitors.

    Geez!

  • May 28

    Quit. Quit now.

    Your manager is an out-of-touch idiot.

    Watch your HCAHPS scores plummet.

    If I were a patient, I would forbid you from waking me up for this nonsense and I would refuse this while I had visitors.

    Geez!

  • May 28

    Quit. Quit now.

    Your manager is an out-of-touch idiot.

    Watch your HCAHPS scores plummet.

    If I were a patient, I would forbid you from waking me up for this nonsense and I would refuse this while I had visitors.

    Geez!

  • May 28

    None of your business? Sounds to me like YOU are the inappropriate one. I guess me walking by your patient's room when you are in the med room and seeing he is about to fall should not be any of my business either? 😒 You are the type of nurse that makes it hard to work in a hospital 😒

  • May 27

    So the other day I happen to glance at the computer screen of the unit secretary (who I have since learned is doing prereqs) as I walked behind her and noticed that she was reading a post on this site.

    What was interesting about this is that at that very moment she was reading one of MY posts from 2012 ... what are the chances? I kept silent. And she will never know that the real PacoUSA was standing right behind her.

    LOL!

  • May 27

    None of your business? Sounds to me like YOU are the inappropriate one. I guess me walking by your patient's room when you are in the med room and seeing he is about to fall should not be any of my business either? 😒 You are the type of nurse that makes it hard to work in a hospital 😒

  • May 27

    None of your business? Sounds to me like YOU are the inappropriate one. I guess me walking by your patient's room when you are in the med room and seeing he is about to fall should not be any of my business either? 😒 You are the type of nurse that makes it hard to work in a hospital 😒

  • May 12

    Quote from aismail3
    i guess what's really affecting my nerves is that i still haven't met my preceptor. once i actually meet her, i will either be relieved by her friendliness or terrified if she turns out to be a wtich!
    what makes you think you won't get a male for a preceptor? just sayin' ...


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