anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 23
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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
- 0Jul 26, '04 by MichaelSSSSi 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!
- 0Jul 26, '04 by lencialooI 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 !!
- 0Jul 28, '04 by NovemberI 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?
- 0Jul 30, '04 by AZ_RN_2BI'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!
- 0Jul 31, '04 by SoulShine75Hi 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!
- 0Aug 1, '04 by Toby's mumAfter 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.
- 0Aug 2, '04 by claire2000I 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 amyrae76Hi 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?
- 0Aug 8, '04 by nancynurse05I 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.