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anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 20

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  Galuea profile page
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    Hello there. I also worked for Corporate America (Pharmaceutical Industry) and decided to quit. I am considering nursing and doing some research about the best alternatives.
    Your description is identical to mine. I want to work with people and not with machines ! I am not interested in Corporate Ladders either.
    Best of luck researching your options. I do believe that our minds and bodies never lie to us !
    Adriana (MS in Neurosciences)
  2. Visit  surfer betty crocker profile page
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    I am in the same boat. I really appreciate this thread. I actually worked in an ED for some time, deciding whether or not to take the plunge. The docs were truly terrific as well as the nursing staff ,however there were several nurses that truthfully discouraged me from pursuing this career--young and old nurses. I felt comfortable in that environment, however I was burnt out from working in difficult conditions with little compensation. I enjoyed the nature of the ED, however working in the ED where there were several hold-overs, people sleeping in the hallway or sleeping on gurney's for days was difficult. People were uncomfortable and trying to help them became overwhelming. A majority of area hospitals would divert meaning we had to take ambulances regardless of how many pts we had. Some nurses had 4/5 pts in the ED! That is dangerous. I am not sure how hospitals can continue at such a pace.
    I have a degree in another field, however I am not 100% about getting back into what I left. I would strongly encourage people to volunteer at a hospital or shadow a nurse. There is the opportunity to travel--this has its downfalls as well. You are really the bottom rung and not respected in most hospitals. Its also difficult to prove your competent when you arrive from another/city/state/country and orient in few days. Other nurses don't have much to go by. Its true that there are opps out of the hospital however these opps are few and far between. Many seasoned nurses have told me those jobs are hard to come by as nurses who spent their careers in the hospital setting have "paid their dues" and would more likely be considered for camp nurse or school nurse--etc ( although I don't know how true that is).

    There are many sides to this coin. I am passionate about medicine and learning and have a great respect for nurses.. and I too am concerned about the stories of being assaulted by pts, working every other weekend, holidays, shifts short of nurses, mandatory OT.
    This website has an abundance of really great information,stories. Please keep posting and maybe some of us will have an "aha' moment about making the career switch!.:uhoh21:
  3. Visit  Drysolong profile page
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    I am changing careers to Nursing for a lot of the same reasons as many of you who have posted. I have been accepted into the LPN prgroam for Spring 2005 and have just finished a CNA course, taken to get direct patient care experience. I plan to work through the levels up to MSN. I have found though, that some of the things that caused me to have burnout in my previous office jobs exist in Nursing also. I am trying to be realistic. That doesn't deter me, because I love working in the medical environment. What I have seen that turns me off mostly, is that the medical field also consists of corporations, corporate mentality, profits-over-people mentality too. The DIFFERENCE though is that I as a nurse feel I can make a meaningful difference in people's lives.
    Also, for all you fellow career-changers, I think the skills and knowledge we've obtained in other fields will serve us, our patients and future co-workers very well.
  4. Visit  mimsie profile page
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    I've finally finished reading this thread, and it's great! I think it's really sealed the deal for me to make the career change (even with the few negative posts here and there).

    I myself am 25 and currently at my third "corporate" job. Like everyone else in similar situations I'm really tired of sitting in cube and not making a difference to anyone. I was pre-med when I started college, but I changed my major to Cognitive Science (which I LOVE). I suppose I could have still gone to med school, but life just didn't go that way for me. Now I realize that I need to be doing something that fulfills my career goal: Help people live better lives.

    I actually thought I could do that doing what I do now, but when my work is roadmapped by stocks and business interests, people lose.

    I think I'm more ready to make this change also because I'm pretty young still, no kids, no significant other, ready to go where the wind blows me! I'm not even a nursing student yet (starting my pre-requisites in January) but I think this board will help me keep motivated.
  5. Visit  MrSnugglesMom profile page
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    I am going into my second career, I'm 41. I have been a secretary for almost 20 years and have hated working for corporate crooks. I took a CNA course in November to see if nursing was right for me and LOVED doing hands-on patient clinicals. I should have listened to mom when she said "be a NURSE" many, many years ago!

    I am anxiously awaiting starting nursing school and hope that eventually you do too!! All the Best!
  6. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    Good luck to all 2nd, 3rd or more career people. There are MANY of us who are "older entry" nurses who dont' regret our choice at all. I wish all of you well in your pursuits and the decisions you make regarding a career in nursing.
  7. Visit  Cococure profile page
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    i have worked in Corp. America ever since I came to the US in 97' I went to school for my BS in Bus. Admin. although I was not able to finish because of personal reasons. I have once again decided to go back to college at 25...i have worked as a jr credit analyst for about 5 yrs and one day i had a epiphany ..." I really really hate my job" And believe it or not most of my family & frenz are in nursing or the medical field one way or another...so i guess i was going to be in healthcare too ...i have done my research and i have heard the negative aspects of the job from my family..but in the end no one regretted nursing and they encourage me to stick with it. So i'm going in with no rose coloured glasses on... i know i am in for a hell of a ride...and believe it or not i look for to the challenge Right now I am doing a course to be a CNA that way I can work full-time (bills gotta get paid) & go to school full-time lucky for me i have no kids ...so for me its all about time management!!

    for the the +'s about going to school to be a nurse now is

    1. i actually care about people
    2. FLEXIBLITY of being a nurse
    3. various fields in nursing
    4. 2yr degree will = more money in less time for me
    5. travel aspect if i so chose to do it
    6. no more boring 9-5 for me!!
    7. i know what i want & more serious about it
  8. Visit  RN4NICU profile page
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    To go INTO nursing - no, BTDT
    To get out of nursing - yes.
  9. Visit  targa profile page
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    I'm 48, male, and have practiced law for 22 years. I've been accepted into Johns Hopkins' accelerated BSN program, which starts in June 2005. I will be 50 when I finish.

    For me, I came to the realization some time ago that I wasn't making a significant societal contribution anymore. I had very tough cases... civil rights plaintiff's work, and death-penalty defense... and the attitude of most jurors is anything but considered and just. Let's not even discuss other lawyers, or our right-wing federal bench. I am burned out and cynical.

    I am excited about changing careers... and am not in the least anxious about my age vis-a-vis my fellow students. It's going to be an exciting ride...
  10. Visit  kevin_s4 profile page
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    4 words....JUST KEEP PLUGGING ALONG!!!! I was laid off from a factory in circleville, OH and I was accepted into nursing school 1 month after my layoff. The factory was shut down due to foreign competition(China) so the mighty govt. paid for every dime. I have already started working in an area hospital and I do not intend to stop my education until I am a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. Go for it and don't look back...I did.
  11. Visit  gms profile page
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    Quote from Brita01
    Five years ago, I left my desk job as an accounting technician to become an LPN. After years of working on busy med-surg units, I can honestly say that I wish I had my desk job back. I left because I wished to make more money, and had always had the desire to do something "medical" since I was a little girl. I chose nursing because nurses were needed, made what I thought was good money, and I figured I'd always have a job. Not worth it anymore to me. I'd gladly take back my less paying desk job, but now I have too many bills. Too many years of caring for too many patients, too many unsafe situations, too much blame for what happens or doesn't happen on the nurse. If something isn't done right for your patient by dietary, pharmacy, laboratory, respiratory, housekeeping, maintenance or even the doctors, the nurse can and most likely will be considered at fault. Making sure everyone in the hospital does their job, including you doing your job, is the nurse's job. Now multiply this times your seven or possibly more patients. And don't get me started with the problem family members. And when I say problem, I'm talking about the family members that are rude and threatening when all you're trying to do is the best you can to help their loved one. All of this plus the paperwork that must be done before you can go home adds up to an impossible situation. You want to spend time with your patients and you end up not having enough time for them. Is that bass ackwards or what?

    If you're changing a career to go into nursing because you TRULY know it's something you want to do, you would love to do, and it's the only other career you would ever consider; by all means go for it. BUT if you're tired of your career and you just want a change, and you thought, "nursing, why not?", I highly suggest you consider ALL of your options.
    Nursing is not the old image of the bedside nurse anymore. It is tough. Think it through carefully. Rotating shifts, working holidays and weekends, double shifts, inadequate pay, a society ready to sue...
  12. Visit  nyforlove profile page
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    Welcome to all new and prospective career changers--the men may want to also check out the "Guys' Club" Thread--just enter that phrase in the site's search engine...it's where I posted my career-change story. Good luck to all--I'm anxiously awaiting word on whether I'll be accepted into an accelerated program here in NYC...

    Quote from targa
    I'm 48, male, and have practiced law for 22 years. I've been accepted into Johns Hopkins' accelerated BSN program, which starts in June 2005. I will be 50 when I finish.

    For me, I came to the realization some time ago that I wasn't making a significant societal contribution anymore. I had very tough cases... civil rights plaintiff's work, and death-penalty defense... and the attitude of most jurors is anything but considered and just. Let's not even discuss other lawyers, or our right-wing federal bench. I am burned out and cynical.

    I am excited about changing careers... and am not in the least anxious about my age vis-a-vis my fellow students. It's going to be an exciting ride...
  13. Visit  newadventure profile page
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    I will finish my ASN in August. I've worked in sales/marketing for 7 years. I love this. I can't image why I did not become a nurse 10 years ago. I recently started working as an aid to build experience in the field. I even love being an aid.
    I will give anyone considering changing careers one caution. I am an intellegent woman. I was at one time good at my job (as frustrated I was). Now I don't really know how to be a nurse. I have the luxury of knowing a degree does not mean you know you job. I miss knowing what I am doing and feeling confident in my skills. I know the day will come, but the process is long. Also, currently, I wipe butts for a living. In many nurses eyes, I add little value outside of that. I know these are not the good nurses that see me that way, but I find I need to bit my tongue a lot.
    I wish you all luck. I think all of us career changers are going to bring some needed new discussions into nursing. We are going to make a great difference for our patients and our field.


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