anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 22

by amyrae76

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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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    Quote from terrapinstation
    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.
    Hi Terrapinstation,

    I'm also a 42yo male, and am in the middle of the change. I have 18yrs in I/T and have had enough of the corporate world. I have 2 kids (15, 11) and work full time as a Sr I/T Business Analyst. I hold a BS in CS. Just finished my first year of nursing courses and have only 2 semesters left(ASN degree - 2 nights a week & every other weekend (sat & Sun)).

    For me, it is much more enjoyable - also a little scary being a newbie again. The courses are OK(lots of homework - much more than I thought), its the clinical that scares you a little - you're new, you're also old enough to know your limitations due to inexperience. But you will get through it, it is very rewarding personally - I've had terminal patients thank me for my care of them, doctors thank me for catching problems with my patients while I'm doing my assessments, that they missed in their short visits. I've also had experienced nurses help me and others that attack because you're new (ie - attitude). But you know you'll see this in all fields of work.

    The hard part is the 8-12hrs of homework that you have to do - my wife is very supportive as is my eldest. My youngest is supportive in thought, but it hurts him emotionally that I am so busy - plan on special time with your kids and plan that you will not have a personal life for 2-3 years(Saying no to parties, social events, relatives). But in the long run - if you are happier with your daily grind, your family will reap the benefits of a happier Dad & husband. There is a light at the end of the tunnel - I have had a 1.5 yrs of school in this mode, and will be taking the NCLEX one year from now. Good Luck!
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    Wow I am impressed at how you handle all the different responsibilities. I am curious though, what made you decide to shift from a IT to nursing? I too come from a similar field. Although I only worked in that field for about 3 years. The bad economy as well as lack of better opportunities made me decide to pursue nursing.


    Quote from dcs
    Hi Terrapinstation,

    I'm also a 42yo male, and am in the middle of the change. I have 18yrs in I/T and have had enough of the corporate world. I have 2 kids (15, 11) and work full time as a Sr I/T Business Analyst. I hold a BS in CS. Just finished my first year of nursing courses and have only 2 semesters left(ASN degree - 2 nights a week & every other weekend (sat & Sun)).

    For me, it is much more enjoyable - also a little scary being a newbie again. The courses are OK(lots of homework - much more than I thought), its the clinical that scares you a little - you're new, you're also old enough to know your limitations due to inexperience. But you will get through it, it is very rewarding personally - I've had terminal patients thank me for my care of them, doctors thank me for catching problems with my patients while I'm doing my assessments, that they missed in their short visits. I've also had experienced nurses help me and others that attack because you're new (ie - attitude). But you know you'll see this in all fields of work.

    The hard part is the 8-12hrs of homework that you have to do - my wife is very supportive as is my eldest. My youngest is supportive in thought, but it hurts him emotionally that I am so busy - plan on special time with your kids and plan that you will not have a personal life for 2-3 years(Saying no to parties, social events, relatives). But in the long run - if you are happier with your daily grind, your family will reap the benefits of a happier Dad & husband. There is a light at the end of the tunnel - I have had a 1.5 yrs of school in this mode, and will be taking the NCLEX one year from now. Good Luck!
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    Quote from chiliwings
    Wow I am impressed at how you handle all the different responsibilities. I am curious though, what made you decide to shift from a IT to nursing? I too come from a similar field. Although I only worked in that field for about 3 years. The bad economy as well as lack of better opportunities made me decide to pursue nursing.

    Dave is the man. I like resilient people like him.
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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!

    "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."

    You are certainly right. I noticed that some of these younger nurses do not really have the professionalism it takes to deal with patients from different cultural backgrounds. It takes long working years of prior experience to handle such cultural and racial differences.

    Thanks for sharing that with us.
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    Quote from chiliwings
    Wow I am impressed at how you handle all the different responsibilities. I am curious though, what made you decide to shift from a IT to nursing? I too come from a similar field. Although I only worked in that field for about 3 years. The bad economy as well as lack of better opportunities made me decide to pursue nursing.
    Your last sentence says it all. Anybody says different is either lieing or just inexperienced. My personal opinion, take it for what its worth...

    Plus the fact that I went to school for nursing in 1981 after the military, and changed careers to computers after being told it's only for women... Can we say young and impressionable? or just dumb... I call myself all of them...

    Oh well, I've had a great career in computers, but need the change - I need to be happy doing what I do day in and day out. And to add more job security to my list - taking care of my family is number one.

    The hard part is - for me - deciding on an area of specialty - torn between ICU, trauma(ED), or anesthesia.... Will need to make the decision before applying fo graduate school. So many choices, so little time...
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    Hey Dave,
    I see your post here. How is your summer going? I am still impatiently waiting for my baby to arrive, due next week.

    Sorry to hijack this thread! LOL.

    Heidi
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    Hi,
    I'm 26 (going on 27 this september)
    I too, have a previous degree in Comp Sci and worked for defense contractor for almost 4 years and have struggled with this career choice since college. I've discussed changing careers in college with my parents and was discouraged, because at the time CS was a promising career. I did very well financially, but hated every minute of it.. After about 7 years, I finally decided to take the leap, jump, plunge.. however you want to call it.. into nursing. I wanted to get into it, because I REALLY REALLY want to connect with people and touch people in some of the most intimate moments of their lives..

    I have moved across the country and back in with the parents. Whoa.. what an adjustment.

    You know.. I am SO GLAD that I am NOT the only one that has wigged out about changing careers into nursing..
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    Quote from meredithT
    I love what you posted: Your lifetime is going to tick by anyway, you might as well live your dreams!

    I'm really struggling with my decision. I'm in a boring but very secure, very easy (usually only 40 hrs a wk) and lucrative I.T. job. I would take a 60% pay cut to become a nurse. I am really wrestling with the money thing. I don't want to be the kind of person who puts money before personal fufillment but we're talking about a lot of bucks. We have been careful with our money but right now, my primary worry is affecting my kids. My kids go to an expensive private school and the tuition went up to over $20k for both of them this year ($1800 rise). I am willing to make lots of sacrifices for nursing but I don't want my kids to sacrifice. So here I am, trying to figure this out with my husband. He is supportive but it's hard not to worry. Part of me says just take the bucks and squirrel it away, retire at 55 (my co. has early retirement) and THEN do what I want. Problem is I'm only 42, that's a long time. I wish they would fire me!!! (god, did I just type that?) I just read Po Bronson's book - What Should I Do with My Life - great book, it's helped me think of what the important questions are.
    Anyone else out there wrestle with this?
    Meredith,
    Hi.. I can completely relate. I just quit my job with defense contractor (I have B.S in Computer Science). I've been wigging out about the future pay cut, and am not working right now.. but I keep reminding myself that I was very unhappy as SW Engineer.. and working with people will be much more rewarding.

    Girl... I can completely relate...
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    Me too, I am from the computer field. In my case, it was burn out. Took 2 years off and went I am no way going back. Glad to see so many people with so different background going into nursing.

    -Dan
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    Hello Amy!
    I just turned 52 yrs old. I graduate from RN school in Dec of this year.
    I was a stay at home mom for many years. About 8 yrs ago I started my own wedding photography business and was pretty successful. I always dreamed of being a nurse. When my husband had cancer and went thru horrendous treatments he said I would make a great nurse. I said, "Well it's now or never!"
    So, I dropped my successful business and dove right in.
    It's never too late! Doleta from Oklahoma


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