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Hi everyone! Is anyone else here totally changing careers to go to nursing school? I guess I'm looking for a little encouragement that it's OK for me to want to get out of the corporate/business... Read More

  1. Visit  MichaelSSSS profile page
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    i was a journalist and college teacher for 10 years before leaving to go to nursing school! i have no regrets. i think nursing is an honorable and noble profession. not that journalism and teaching aren't, but i find helping people feel better more attractive. and while i enjoyed my other "life", as i like to call it, i find the medical/health field to be far more rewarding. i'm not sure why, i just do. so, yeah, go for it - the nursing field needs you!
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  3. Visit  lencialoo profile page
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    I too have been in the IT industry (technical writer) for 17 years. My 1st degree was Biology/Chemistry but when I couldnt find a job in my community in that field I went to work at a local computer company....17 years I'm still here but made the decision that at 50 I wanted/needed a career change. I finished all the prereqs. and have been on the waiting list for my ADN program for a year. I will finally start my clinicals next month...I'm so psyched up for this !! I will continue to work (thank God !! we are allowed flex-hours here) and expect to be caught up in a lay-off sometime in the next 2 years (we have been warned our jobs are going away). I choose Nursing because I wanted to do something that would make a difference. I have the very best feeling about my choice and I look forward to working with many other good health professionals and also most of all helping patients.

    Good Luck to all others who are making this change !!
  4. Visit  November profile page
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    I am also a lawyer and have been for the past 17 years. I am currently working on my pre-reqs so I can begin a BSN program in May. I am scared to death. I noticed your post was awhile ago and I am wondering how you feel about your decision to change careers. Are you happy? Was it the right move?
  5. Visit  AZ_RN_2B profile page
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    I'm not making as drastic a career change as some. I'm an exercise physiologist for an outpatient physical therapy company. After leaving the MPT program I was in a couple of years ago, I decided to pursue nursing. I've had a lot of people tell me that already having a BS in biology and exercise science will really help. Let's hope so. Good luck to all of you!
  6. Visit  SoulShine75 profile page
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    Hi Amy, I am just now starting my pre-req's and have decided to go into nursing as well. I use to be a med. secretary and am now a stay at home mom. I wanted to go beyond the girl everyone see's when they enter the building to the person they see before they leave. I think a career in nursing is a great way to go, despite negative remarks, which you'll see from time to time. Try not to let it discourage you. The great thing about nursing is...YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE. It doesn't just have to be in a hospital setting. Good luck on all that you do and keep us posted as to how it's going!
  7. Visit  Toby's mum profile page
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    After 13 years in the investment banking business (helping entrepreneurs sell their beloved businesses or buy additional companies, especially those in the educational publishing and consumer catalog fields), I decided to leave and pursue a nursing career. I find I question this decision with more regularity than I thought I would. I left because I've got 20-25 years plus work life left in me and I wanted to do something more meaningful with those years. Perhaps 'meaning' is self-defined and it can be gotten any where in any job/career. I feel a bit like I'm on the fence--it's still close enough that I probably could go back, but then on the other hand, I know I chose to leave for good reasons. It remains to be seen what the outcome will be. I wish I felt stronger one way or the other, but that certainty evades me as of now.
  8. Visit  claire2000 profile page
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    I am writing to tell you that I think that you should go for it!!! I'm in a similar boat. I haven't always wanted to go into Nursing until about 3 years ago. I am 31 and at a desk job for a construction company and I don't want to do it anymore. I have my BA in Psyc and I just graduated from the University of Phoenix online with an MBA in Healthcare. Next? Nursing school. My dilema? How do I go to Nursing school during the day and make rounds and quit my job when I can't. I am not sure what I can do right now. I need to find a night job and I won't waitress. I'm getting anxious. Soooo for now I say we try to help each other out! I say go for it. It will make you a much happier person and I can sympathize with what you are saying. Best wishes! Claire

    Quote from amyrae76
    Hi everyone!

    Is anyone else here totally changing careers to go to nursing school? I guess I'm looking for a little encouragement that it's OK for me to want to get out of the corporate/business world that I HATE and go into nursing!

    What are your thoughts and reasons? Here's a little about me -- I have a degree in Advertising and I've been in the business world for almost 5 years now. I just have no interest in business-related things, and I have no desire to climb the proverbial corporate ladder. To me, nursing seems like something totally different from that. I can't say I've had a passion for it my whole life, like some people can. It only just occurred to me about 6 months ago. But I just want something different -- I HATE sitting at a computer and being bored out of my mind for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week!!

    Anyone else in a similar situation?

    amy
  9. Visit  purple_marge profile page
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    Hi, Im Marge A Registered Pharmacist.

    Im Trying My Way To Take The State Board To Be Registered In The Us And Be A Nurse At The Same Time.

    Im Just Having Problems Formulating My Nursing Care Plans.

    I Hope You Could Help Me.

    I Get Low Grades Because Of These.

    Thanks.
  10. Visit  nancynurse05 profile page
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    I am also a career changer. I am 38 and was in corporate sales for 15 years and I was laid off 3 times in 1 year. After amonth or so of playing in my garden I realized I kept coming back to the same idea, I want to be a nurse. I have always been called "Nancy Nurse" even as a little girl I was bandaging etc... I took the plunge and began working for the Visiting Nurse Association working at an apartment building for residents who have severe physical disabilities. I wanted to make sure this is the field I want to go into. Talk about tough physical and emotional work! Nurses Aides get paid nothing and do an incredible job. Even after being at the bottom of the food chain I know it is still something I want to do. I hurt my back twice (wrong equipment, slings that weren't the right size) and was assigned to work at an adult day center. I absolutely loved it, working with seniors comes very easy for me. I have found my passion and am now taking prerequisites and weighing the differences between an AAS Program and take my RN exam or to apply for an accelerated BSN Program. It's a tough call, I want my BSN but these accelerated programs are so darn expensive. Getting financial aid when you already have a bachelor's is next to impossible. If anyone has any advice, please let me know.
  11. Visit  claire2000 profile page
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    Nancy, I went to the University of Phoenix online and am finishing up my last class. I am graduating with an MBA in Healthcare. Did you already receive a Bachelor's in something else because then I would suggest going for your Masters in Nursing. I have a BA in Psychology and had no difficulties getting financial aid. Though it is an expensive school it was a great experience and in just over 2 years I am almost done! Claire




    Quote from nancynurse05
    I am also a career changer. I am 38 and was in corporate sales for 15 years and I was laid off 3 times in 1 year. After amonth or so of playing in my garden I realized I kept coming back to the same idea, I want to be a nurse. I have always been called "Nancy Nurse" even as a little girl I was bandaging etc... I took the plunge and began working for the Visiting Nurse Association working at an apartment building for residents who have severe physical disabilities. I wanted to make sure this is the field I want to go into. Talk about tough physical and emotional work! Nurses Aides get paid nothing and do an incredible job. Even after being at the bottom of the food chain I know it is still something I want to do. I hurt my back twice (wrong equipment, slings that weren't the right size) and was assigned to work at an adult day center. I absolutely loved it, working with seniors comes very easy for me. I have found my passion and am now taking prerequisites and weighing the differences between an AAS Program and take my RN exam or to apply for an accelerated BSN Program. It's a tough call, I want my BSN but these accelerated programs are so darn expensive. Getting financial aid when you already have a bachelor's is next to impossible. If anyone has any advice, please let me know.
  12. Visit  STUDITIME profile page
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    Hi, Amyrae,
    I Am Changing Careers Also. I Just Quit My Job, Friday Was My Last Day I'm Starting School Sept 28th. I'm Taking A Month Off To Get Everything At Home Organized And The Kids In School Before I Start My Classes. I Was A Medical Billing Specialist/coder. I Hated Sitting All Day At A Desk And Have Been Doing That For 10 Years. My Children Are Older Now 10 &14 And I Need The Change. Nursing Was Always A Career I Wanted To Be In. I Care About People And What Happens To Them, And I Enjoy Helping Them. I Am A People Person And I Am Giving This New Career My Best Shot. Good Luck And I Hope You Are Able To Make Your Decision About What Career You Want, Nursing For Me Seems To Be The Right Choice. We Need Good Caring :wink2: Nurses... Good Luck!
  13. Visit  janzie0448 profile page
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    Hi Amy,

    My name is Jan,I too am getting out of the corporate world to become a nurse.This has not been easy for me because my husband and parents think it is a mistake.I just keep telling myself I an doing this to help the lives of other people who need people like us who really want to be ther to help them.So to answer your question YES it is ok to be doing this, it is a great thing that you want to make a difference in the world.Go for it.
    By the way now I do not feel like I am the only one asking that same question.
  14. Visit  nancynurse05 profile page
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    Quote from janzie0448
    Hi Amy,

    My name is Jan,I too am getting out of the corporate world to become a nurse.This has not been easy for me because my husband and parents think it is a mistake.I just keep telling myself I an doing this to help the lives of other people who need people like us who really want to be ther to help them.So to answer your question YES it is ok to be doing this, it is a great thing that you want to make a difference in the world.Go for it.
    By the way now I do not feel like I am the only one asking that same question.
    The more I hear about others changing career paths I know this country is going to come out of the nursing shortage just fine. The one thing I keep hearing from most everyone is about helping others. Of course it's one of the main requirements of being a good nurse, I just want everyone to keep in mind that it is very easy to give too much of yourself. Setting boundaries is one of the most difficult challenges of my life, I had to learn how to do that very quickly when I was working for the VNA. We had 2 to 3 staff members working with 9 residents in most every aspect of their lives. It is next to impossible not to fall in love with the residents and to care very much about their lives and health care. I cried my first day and thought about how they lived their lives as quads, wheelchair bound etc... I knew if I didn't get control over myself it would consume me. I am so lucky to have acquired the skills now, than find out after school that I just can't handle it. It doesn't do the patients any good to have a nurse who is burned out and unfeeling, I can see very easily how that can happen. I have great empathy with the patients I work with, however I have learned and realized that I can't take all their problems away from them. Life can be very cruel and my job will be to make it safer, healthier and happier while I maintain my own equilibrium.


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