anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 5

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. by   leenie71
    What a great thread! I am currently in the process of applying to an accelerated BSN program. If I get in, it will take 11 months, but I have to re-take A&P I/II and Micro I have a BS in Biology, then I got my Associates Degree and am currently a Physical Therapist Assistant (plans to go to PT school never panned out). Since I have worked in healthcare for the past 4 years and my mom and sister are RNs, I have a good idea what I have in store for me (I think). My sister tries to talk me out of it and my mom encourages me to do it to no end. But I really feel that it would be a good decision for me. And no, I would not consider going to back to get my Master's to be a PT for several reasons.

    I feel like my job as a PTA is dead-end for me. I work in PA where you can't work without a PT "on premises". Most of the time, I feel like a glorified aide.

    Good luck to you all in programs now or trying to decide what to do....

    Eileen
  2. by   studentdeb
    Eileen,

    Can I ask why your sister tries to talk you out of it? Just curious.

    Thanks
  3. by   leenie71
    Hi Debi,
    I think that at the time, my sister didn't realize that I already did many of the things that nurses "complain" about....wiping butts, working weekends and holidays, etc. As a PTA working mainly in geriatrics, I deal a lot with the unsavory parts of patient care. My sister thinks that I should go back and get my Master's for Physical Therapy. Working in that field currently, I really have no desire to do that. Nursing offers many different opportunities and not just in the hospital setting. And they get paid better than PTAs do! But that is not the only reason that I want to change careers. The various opportunities that nurses have is what is really attractive to me.

    I wish you the best of luck! Are you currently in a nursing program?

    Eileen
  4. by   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.
  5. by   studentdeb
    Originally posted by leenie71
    Hi Debi,
    I think that at the time, my sister didn't realize that I already did many of the things that nurses "complain" about....wiping butts, working weekends and holidays, etc. As a PTA working mainly in geriatrics, I deal a lot with the unsavory parts of patient care. My sister thinks that I should go back and get my Master's for Physical Therapy. Working in that field currently, I really have no desire to do that. Nursing offers many different opportunities and not just in the hospital setting. And they get paid better than PTAs do! But that is not the only reason that I want to change careers. The various opportunities that nurses have is what is really attractive to me.

    I wish you the best of luck! Are you currently in a nursing program?

    Eileen

    Eileen,

    I am scheduled to begin the nursing program in the fall so I like to ask alot of questions because I have alot of doubts still. I was once interested in PTA, but could not afford to quit my job at that time to go to school so now I've switched to nursing and the time is better financially.

    Thanks for answering and good luck to you.
  6. by   Nurse Pickles
    Amyrae76...
    I am alot like you! I have a degree in computer animation and wasted 8 years in corporate america. One day I was sitting in my cube, peeking out over files and phone lists and was like, WHAT am I doing?!?! This is my LIFE! It was like instant suffocation, thinking about 8 more years of this?!?! NO WAY!

    I am not going to look back on my life and see the only person I ever cared about was myself or that dang dollar. If you let it control you, it will!

    Of course its scary to jump into something new but at least we are doing it. IGNORE all these negative comments because what all these other people were saying is true. . .it is your life and it is what you make it! If some of those other nurses are that pissed off and jaded, that's fine, maybe its time for them to jump into something new.....I think they are hiring at my old company....

    Let's encourage each other to live our dreams and actually BE happy with ourselves and in our lives! Nursing is a great field!

    Sorry if I came across a little strong but I am so excited to have been accepted into my BSN program and combine that with the relief of never having to do Powerpoint presentations again. . .woooo!!!
  7. by   H ynnoD
    I'm a Journeyman Diesal Mechanic for a Kenworth Dealership.Been there 8 years in Aug.I'm so sick of fixing inanimate objects.I want to hopefully be an RN at our Valley Childerns Hospital some time after I finish school.I have a 5 year plan to try and get to this point.Working on my prereqs at the moment and will be 45 when I finish Nursing school.That will give me about 20 years of working at a job that I really want to do,insted of doing something out of niceties to survive.
    Last edit by H ynnoD on May 31, '03
  8. by   KristinWW
    Me too! Joined the corporate world in the big 80s; it was never for me. I have a BS in business and 3/4 of the way through an MA in psych. I just applied to three programs and dread the admission process. I can understand your thrill at admissions - congrats!
  9. by   amyrae76
    Hi Nurse Pickles!

    Thanks for your message! I love hearing from others who are bored with the corporate world. I can especially relate to you about Powerpoint presentations! I do a lot of graphic design and layout of ads, brochures, etc., and with each design thing I do now, I think, "I can't wait till the day when I never do this again!"

    You're right about the nursing profession. Just like any profession, there are people who love what they do and hate what they do. If someone were thinking of going into my current field, I would discourage them because I personally think it's incredibly boring and unfulfilling, but someone else might be very well-suited to it.

    I'll pass along a little encouragement I got "from the field" over the weekend: I was at my friend's wedding, and at my table was a girl who's been a nurse for a couple years. She LOVES it!! She raved about it when she found out I'm starting nursing school in the fall, and she said it's so awesome to be able to help people and touch their lives. I think about how she feels about her job, compared to how I dread my stupid meaningless desk job every day, and I'm so excited about my decision!

    Good luck to you!!

    amyrae
  10. by   KidsLuvMe
    Well I'll just add myself to the list here :-)
    I currently design security systems for the gov... Job security and good pay... maybe. Boring and meaningless... definately. What do I actually do... read stuff off of the internet and help people around the office.

    I am still looking for a nursing program that I want to get into and I have until next april to decide where I want to live next but I am not wasting any time. I know I want to be a nurse and I will be. The sooner the better too.
  11. by   waves
    had a great time working on small (33-88 passenger) cruise ships in alaska, bc, puget sound,columbia river, baja...last job full season as captain...last relief job on yachts...yachts can be very lucrative...but how long can you drive rich people around if you have the urge to contribute to society? plan to do some traveling when i'm a nurse...maybe volunteer in the mountains of south america or the tundra of alaska...who knows...but ready for the change. ready to give back.
  12. by   rnnurse2be
    I am a mother of two elem. school aged sons, a mother and am 32. I work for myself doing accts recvabl for other businesses. I began doing this job when my second son was a baby, so I could provide for the family and stay home. I went back to college three years ago this summer. I have 2.5 yrs left before I get my BSN degree. You are not alone Amy, there are many, many, many non traditional students out there. Im still a mom, wife, and work for myself. It's just that now I add Full time Nursing Student to the list!
    It can be done. JUST DO IT!
  13. by   kat57
    I call it my mid life career crisis. I am 46 and have worked in secretarial positions most of my life. I sit in front of a computer all day and answer the phone, that's it. I have no more interest in the business world. A few years ago I realized that I wanted to become a nurse because as hokey as it sounds to 'make a difference'. I fought off the idea for awhile thinking I was nuts but I have always been interested worked as a cna out of high school and now it's my turn. I cannot imagine sitting at my job or any office job for the rest of my life. I begin LPN classes Jan. 04 and am really excited. Good luck to you all.

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