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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 world that I HATE and go into... Read More


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    Hi, Amy--

    You are not alone. I'm thinking seriously of making the career switch from education. I'm really interested in this field and am taking this summer to explore options. Sometimes it feels strange and frightening to imagine shifting to such a different kind of work as nursing. I'm struggling with fears that come with realizing the awesome responsibility of having people's lives in my hands. And yet, I have that now, as a teacher (in a different way) and certainly as a parent. I also think that I could handle that responsibility with more competence now than when I was younger. What's more, I think that I can use skills I've developed in my present work. You probably have many skills that you developed in your present work, including coping with ther stress of deadlines, problem-solving, communications, attention to details, teamwork. Those will probably be assets in nursing, in ways that will emerge as you go along. We need to think positively about all that we have learned, and see the growth that comes with career change as an asset. Good luck!
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    Quote from victoriac
    Hi, Amy--

    You are not alone. I'm thinking seriously of making the career switch from education. I'm really interested in this field and am taking this summer to explore options. Sometimes it feels strange and frightening to imagine shifting to such a different kind of work as nursing. I'm struggling with fears that come with realizing the awesome responsibility of having people's lives in my hands. And yet, I have that now, as a teacher (in a different way) and certainly as a parent. I also think that I could handle that responsibility with more competence now than when I was younger. What's more, I think that I can use skills I've developed in my present work. You probably have many skills that you developed in your present work, including coping with ther stress of deadlines, problem-solving, communications, attention to details, teamwork. Those will probably be assets in nursing, in ways that will emerge as you go along. We need to think positively about all that we have learned, and see the growth that comes with career change as an asset. Good luck!
    May I ask where you teach and why you are thinking of switching careers? What part of the country are you in?
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    I worked for a year in lending then worked on a M.A. in Counseling. After a blah internship I realized counseling is not for me. I don't believe i am effective I frankly find the sessions boring (I'm being honest) It's the same thing everyday, angry kids, adhd, angry kids, adhd. I like a bit of variety ! I also like to help people and be a busy bee !
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    I am a 42 year old male,after 21 years of being an accountant in the financial
    services industry I need a career change. I went to a career counselor and
    nursing was one of the careers among others that came through that I should
    consider. My wife is a CCU nurse and she says I have the right personality
    and temperament for nursing. I have been accepted to a community college
    in New Jersey for pre nursing program to get a A.S in Nursing. The school
    requires you take the pre reqs (Anamoty & Phyis I& II) etc and take a test
    before you can take nursing courses. I am aware of the pros and cons of the
    nursing profession. After 21 years from graduating from college, I have some
    apprehension of going back to school full time and also juggling family respons-
    ibilties (I have a 10 yr old son) . If anyone can share a simlar experience I
    would greatly appreciate the feed back.
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    Hi All,
    I just wanted to say to everyone good luck!!!I am an LPN on a Rehab unit at a local hospital and I really do like it, please some words of advice...be prepared for other nurses not to be as enthuised about nursing as you are!, some of these nurses will make you feel stupid or down nursing...let it go on one ear and out the other, believe me you will develope thick skin at some point!!! Even on my worst nights having a patient say to me they will not get good care while I am off for the night is the sweetest thing a person can say to me makes it all worth it! There so many highs and lows in nursing and so many emotions it is a very fulfilling and very draining career at the same time knowing that you are taking of someone who has terminal brain cancer and has 6 months to live and they don't even look sick is troubling. You will think any symptom you have is some dreadful disease....you know it's funny sometimes I wish I didn't know all these medical stuff:-) Anyway you are more than welcome to email me for any other nursing info. Above all else please make the sure the real reason you want to be a nurse is because you really love to help people believe me (good)nurses do not ignore call lights for 15 minutes just because there is an aide on the floor!
    Majantiques@aol.com
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    I obtained my BBA in Accounting in 2000, and have just few classes left to complete my MBA. I presently work with a financial institution as a Senior Accountant. I have observed, along the path of my life, that I work better with women. I have had better professional relationship with female bosses than male. Virtually all my friends are female.

    My wife recently pointed my attention to a female-oriented profession such as Nursing. She felt if I have better professional relationship working with the opposite sex, Nursing is a definite plus. For the past months, I have developed a unique passion for the profession of Nursing. However, I am taking things slow as I do not want to make any major mistake as I make the career change.

    I have already been admitted to a community college for Associate Degree in Nursing.

    Anyone in the same boat? Any advice on the career change?
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    There appears to be some strange relationship between accounting and nursing, because many people on this board are leaving jobs as accountants to become nurses. I know someone who actually went in the opposite direction-leaving nursing for accounting. Why is that?
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    Quote from kellilou3
    There appears to be some strange relationship between accounting and nursing, because many people on this board are leaving jobs as accountants to become nurses. I know someone who actually went in the opposite direction-leaving nursing for accounting. Why is that?

    You would notice that the proportion of those leaving Accounting for Nursing far outweighed those leaving Nursing to Accounting. It is very rare to see people leaving Nursing for Accounting. At least, I haven't seen any. On the other hand, I have seen scores of friends and schoolmates that have either changed career to Nursing or Pharmacy.
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    I am entering an ADN program in August after working in human services for the last few years. Before that I was a bookkeeper and a dispatcher, among other things - LOL! It took me a while to summon up the courage to apply to nursing school. Now that I've been accepted, I am scared to death!

    Congratulations on your entry into Nursing School. Let us know how you are doing and how we can help!

    night
    Last edit by nightingale on Jun 8, '04
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    Quote from StudentNurseInWNY
    I am entering an ADN program in August after working in human services for the last few years. Before that I was a bookkeeper and a dispatcher, among other things - LOL! It took me a while to summon up the courage to apply to nursing school. Now that I've been accepted, I am scared to death!

    There is always the propensity to be scared when taking any landmark risk. Life is an adventure. Those who fail to jump the gun and take risk are always left behind in the affairs of life.

    Don't be scared dear. Behind every silver linning, there is a cloud.


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