Any 2nd career RNs going back to their previous careers??? Any 2nd career RNs going back to their previous careers??? | allnurses

Any 2nd career RNs going back to their previous careers???

  1. 0 Hi there -

    I was a magazine editor until starting nursing school in May 2002.

    Graduated from nursing school in August 2003 and started working as an RN in September 2003.

    Passed the boards with flying colors, doing well at work according to supervisors and colleagues...

    ...but not liking the job!

    Just curious: Any other 2nd career nurses considering going back to their "old" jobs?

    (I actually have already resigned from the hospital and will start a new editing job in 2 weeks...so my decision's already made!)


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  3. Visit  angel337 profile page
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    good for you karenAR. at least you didn't wait until you had 20 years in nursing to realize it wasn't for you. nursing isn't for everyone and its best to get out than to stay and be miserable. the patients especially don't deserve that. my first career love is writing and i have always wanted to do it, but never really pursued it. i actually like being a nurse, but maybe one day i can use my writing skills for a healthcare column . anyway, congrats on your new editing job and good luck!!
  4. Visit  2ndCareerRN profile page
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    If I could I would.

    bob
  5. Visit  hypnotic_nurse profile page
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    No, thank you. No more middle school teaching for ME!!!!! If I get tired of this job, it'll either be something different in nursing or something completely different.

    Everyone should do what they like...and education is never wasted.
  6. Visit  KarenAR profile page
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    Thank you, Angel337! Yep, I stuck it out as long as I could, knowing that the first year is especially hard, and not wanting to give up too soon. If I were 10 years younger, I probably could have stuck it out longer, and it would've gotten easier. But I knew that staying in it would be a surefire route to misery, for me, at this point in my life.

    You should look into writing for Nursing Spectrum! They want writers who are RNs. It could be a good segue for you. Feel free to PM me if you want more info on that!

    Thanks again!
  7. Visit  KarenAR profile page
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    Quote from 2ndCareerRN
    If I could I would.

    bob
    Bob, I'm curious:

    Did you mean that you worked in another field before nursing, and you can't go back for some reason?

    Or did you mean you didn't work in something else, but would switch back to it if you had?
  8. Visit  heart1st profile page
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    KarenAR, how'd you get out so fast.
    I'm sooooo jealous.....

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  9. Visit  Hellllllo Nurse profile page
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    I would go back to my first career, if there were any way to make a decent living at it. I worked in machining and manufacturing- factory work.
    I was very good at it, but manufacturing is all but dead in the US. I kept getting laid off over and over as the companies I worked for closed up shop in the US and moved all their manufacturing to Mexico.
  10. Visit  NurseCard profile page
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    Quote from KarenAR
    Hi there -

    I was a magazine editor until starting nursing school in May 2002.

    Graduated from nursing school in August 2003 and started working as an RN in September 2003.

    Passed the boards with flying colors, doing well at work according to supervisors and colleagues...

    ...but not liking the job!

    Just curious: Any other 2nd career nurses considering going back to their "old" jobs?

    (I actually have already resigned from the hospital and will start a new editing job in 2 weeks...so my decision's already made!)


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    Before entering the nursing field, my first love was art/design/illustration. I actually quit nursing school at one point and was going to get my teaching certificate to go along with a BA in Visual Art that I had previously earned.

    I then decided once and for all that teaching was NOT for me and that I'd be better at nursing.

    Now that I've been an RN for a little while and I've seen how stressful it is, I wish I had gotten that teaching certificate! =)

    I'll probably never go back to being a designer, though. Too few jobs in this area, the pay is too low, and my first design job was a miserable failure.

    I envy you though. Good for you! =)
  11. Visit  dizzy_walnut profile page
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    i'm a licensed medtech before if took nursing in 1991.i never realized i would love the job when i took a nursing job in the hospital where i'm working now.in my country, the philippines, nurses are paid verrrrrry low!but i enjoy being a nurse. not like when i used to work as a medtech,just confined in the four-walled corners of the clinical laboratory.i was assigned at the ER for 10 mos when i joined the hosp in 1999.then i was trained for 2 wks at the OR/RR and has been till now.we do all the works,including housekeeping, lifting pts,being on call 24hrs a day!i got lucky in the english exams and cgfns. now, i'm reviewing for the nclex.just got my visa last may.hope to be in baltimore before winter.just think of it as fun.i'm sure you'll learn to love the job.
  12. Visit  KarenAR profile page
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    Heart:

    Yep, I forgot to mention it was an accelerated program!!!

    I think if it had been a "full-length" program, I probably would not have finished nursing school. But my program was so fast, I was out and working before finally deciding that nursing (at least bedside nursing) is not for me!


    Hellllllo Nurse:

    I am so sorry that the career you'd rather be in has "dried up" like that. I think it is really cool that you love that work, though. I don't hear that about manufacturing very often. Pretty cool! Well, here's hoping the industry makes a comeback in the U.S. for you and everyone else in the same boat! ; )


    RealNurseWitch:

    There's lots of stuff you can do with art/design/illustration (as I'm sure you know already!). Have you ever thought of being a designer for a company that produces health-related products (anything from pharmaceutical packaging to promotional pens to patient education materials or patient education websites or nonprofit health organizations' websites, etc.)?

    Don't give up on it, if it is your dream. I also thought there weren't any jobs in editing where I'm living now, but I found a great one via careerbuilder.com. You can sign up to get e-mails on jobs that match your interests...and just keep that info coming to you while you continue to work as an RN.

    Just curious, how was your first design job "a miserable failure"?
  13. Visit  NurseCard profile page
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    Well, it was the only job that I've ever had in the graphic design field. I was working for a company that makes high school and college graduation announcements and other accessories. It took me a year and a half after graduation to get that job, it was over an hour drive to and from my house, it only paid nine bucks an hour, I didn't get along with my boss, and I stayed pretty isolated most of the day, either behind the computer or behind a workbench in the corner of the factory, making displays. Employees were rather dispensable at this place. A lot of people got fired from there while I was working there... and I ended up being one of them. But I hated the job so much and was so unhappy that I was actually relieved when they finally let me go.

    I'm actually not much of a designer; much more of an illustrator. And I'm very UN-neat; that hurt me at that job because so much of my work had to be SO CLEAN.

    Between that time and the time I started working in the medical field (five years ago, as an aide), I was in retail.

    I'd love to find a good illustrating gig. I wouldn't mind still nursing part time if I could find a good gig.
  14. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    I was in public affairs both military and civilian prior to becoming an LPN when I was 34, and then an RN when I was 36. I did like it very much but I also like nursing. However, furthering my education is what will get me ahead of the game - IMHO of course. I do love ER nursing, but realistically, can I keep up this pace till I'm 65? Probably not.

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