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- Apr 18, '04 by Nyslossleft my career in law enforcement after 10 years to go into nursing
- Apr 18, '04 by dwoods1972You are not alone!....I just applied to the LVN program and I'm a downsized corporate baby. We who have chosen to become nurses from other careers were meant to be nurses from the start. We took a different path to get there and we are now here . Good luck to us all!
- Apr 19, '04 by nursetopray
I have been a corporate paralegal for 3 years and an admin assistant for 3yrs. I have a bachelors is Pre/law and the next logical step was law school. But after working with those crude, evil, money hungry, non-negotiating, back stabbing white collars, I swore to never return. Lucky for me my group was laid off due to cut backs. I liked what I did, but had mastered it in 3 months, and training my other co-workers after 6 months (all who had been there for atleast 20 years). I had always wanted to be a nurse, just didnt have the nerve, I just didnt think I could do it. I am now 32, married mother of 3 little girls. Not only am I doing this for me, but for my family. My girls are very impressionable and I want to be something that they would be proud to say. "My mommy is a nurse, she helps sick people".
It is easy for my husband, what does daddy do? some ask, the girls proudly answer " my daddy makes paper!"
toilet paper, paper towel, books, newspapers......
They kinda sound like Bubba from Forest Gump.
I pray you succeed in your goals!!
Lee, mom of 3.
- Apr 19, '04 by rellco40Hi !
I am changing careers and late in life I might add. I am 4 months into an accelerated nursing program and loving every minute of it.
Be encouraged and stay with your dream. You won't regret it!
- Apr 19, '04 by nursetoprayMom2kids,
I am in the same boat, what we ( as a family) decided to do, is to go to CNA school. According to how much time you have you can obtain it is 3 months. I am enrolled in a class that meets T-Th from 6-10 pm. The class itself it pretty cheap, $150 with books. The pay for CNA's is peanuts, but every little bit helps and I can make sure this is what I want to do. I will begin my pre reqs in the fall and I plan to work weekend nignts, with shift/diff and weekend pay, I might get about $10-14/hr.
I have no idea how hard it will be, but it looks like a good plan.
Lee, mom of 3
Quote from Corporate burnoutHI Mom2kids! I've been a corporate secretary for about the same amount of years as you. I hate it! I'm looking for something fullfilling and challenging too.
Wow! It's great to see that there are so many of us with the same idea in mind...get out of the corporate world and in to the human world. I'm hoping to start with prerequisites in the fall but I'm not sure how our family can afford to lose my income once the nursing program starts. Are any of you facing this situation? How are you supplementing your income when you begin nursing school?
- Apr 19, '04 by Teena LouiseI worked as an administrative assistant for 25 years, at the age of 43 I decided it was time to do something more with my life. I am now at the end of my first year in nursing school, and I love it. Don't get me wrong it hasn't been easy, there have been plenty of days I asked myself why I left my cushy 9-5 desk job. But you only need one good clinical day where you left the hospital feeling like you really did something worthwhile, or the day when one of your patients tells you that you are going to be a really good nurse then all of the sleepless nights up studying and the agonizing over tests is not so bad after all.
I wish you luck in your endeavor. Say goodbye to the cold corporate world where nobody appreciates your skills and and hello to nursing where your patients will appreciate you more than you can ever know. Just remember one thing, always treat your patients the way you would want someone to treat you.
- Apr 20, '04 by KarenARQuote from dwoods1972I dunno - for ME personally, nursing is most likely another "step" toward something different. May combine it with my editorial background to be a health writer (with a magazine, or a health foundation/organization, or some other avenue).We who have chosen to become nurses from other careers were meant to be nurses from the start. We took a different path to get there and we are now here .
But I am glad for YOU that you have arrived (are arriving?) where you are meant to be!
- Apr 20, '04 by piper_for_hireI'm already leaning towards a career in Nursing Informatics - in my previous life I was a software developer. I think all of us career changers will fit in nicely to nursing - what with all of the different things that we can do.
- Apr 20, '04 by chiliwingsHi!!! Are you in the process of getting your Masters in Informatics? I too am currently working in IT, but will be switching to nursing as soon as I get my pre-reqs done. Just curious, what made you switch and how is informatics? I am planning to take this route eventually too. Anyway, I hope you can share your experiences since I have not found a lot of information about this field in nursing.
Oh by the way, please check out this thread too. http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61843
Quote from piper_for_hireI'm already leaning towards a career in Nursing Informatics - in my previous life I was a software developer. I think all of us career changers will fit in nicely to nursing - what with all of the different things that we can do.
- Jun 1, '04 by nurseemI am also changing careers. you know its time when you take a vacation and come back and feel like you never left. i can't stand sitting at a desk all day and love helping people. I work for criminal attorneys for about 6 years and it gets rather old after a while.I will graduate in December of 2005 with my LPN and will go on for my RN. I am really excited i always wanted to be a nurse but was always scared that i would be grossed out with the blood and all. then about 6 months ago i decided that i really hated my job and said GET OVER IT! i called the local college and didn't hesitate in registering!!!!