anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 6

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   Nurse_RaRa
    Gee - I guess all these posts answered your question. I also am going into Nursing at age 39. I appreciate everyone's input - I have a BA but only 15 credits transfered. Good luck!
  2. by   Young One
    Hi all,

    I am a new member to this forum, I have to admit I have been lurking for a little. I currently work in the IT field hich you think would be great but lately I have just gotten this feeling that it may not be for me anymore. I am 24 years old and moved here about seven years ago and have felt stuck ever since. I applied to two different nursing schools in the area about five years ago and because of the two year waiting lists I was forced to move on and find something else to do for money. I eventually got married and now that is sort of on the rocks. Now I am considering nursing again but am not sure if I can manage the schooling. I have a very very hard time in school and with completing things in general. I have the opportunity to go through a two year diploma program with a full ride if I guarantee them two years of employment after nursing school. My delemma is I am just not sure if I am still cut out for it and if I end up getting a divorce I will be moving out of state and will lose my chance and have to start over at a regular college or community college. I really regret not doing this a few years back. I am really interested in L&D or NICU area. Just as a side note I am in counseling myself and with my husband. Anyone else go through this? How did you handle it?

    Thanks,
    Melissa(Young One)
  3. by   echo*echo
    Career? I'm 39 and I've never really had a career. When I entered college in 1982 I really wanted to either do something that would make a positive impact on people's lives (nursing or teaching) or something fun (radio-television-film). Others pressured me to do something more practical, so I started out as a business major. I was miserable. Then I switched to computers. Miserable. I eventually switched to R-TV-F which was terribly impractical. I was always a part-time student working odd jobs, so when I managed to find a job in the radio business without a degree I quit school. As fun as that job was, it was a terribly unstable and low-paying career. I was 27 years old, and I had never had any benefits or health insurance, and I was burned out on school so I took an office job. A dead-end job I worked for ten years. I was let go in 2001--I made $12 an hour. I have sought other employment only getting an occasional Temp assignment or permanent job offers starting around $8 or $9 an hour. So I tried to start my own business. That didn't go well either! I began to amass such a massive debt and reality finally hit me when I could no longer afford to keep my home. I made a horrible decision not following my instinct earlier in life and now I am a 39 year old single woman with no support system starting completely over. Its frightening to be in this situation but I intend to make the best of it. I only pray I will get enough from my house to see me through these next few years.

    So I guess for me Nursing is an economical and emotional decision for me. I need to do something rewarding, something that gives meaning to my life and also touches others. And I need to be able to support myself. And I think one experience in my life convinced me I could actually do this, and do it well. My Mother passed away 5 years ago after a lengthy battle with cancer. It was I who cared for her. It was I who comforted her. Anything I could do to make her as comfortable as possible and keep her out of the hospital I did. Between my job and caring for her I would go days without sleeping. I don't think anything is more difficult than slowly watching a loved deteriorate in front of your very eyes. I never realized I could be that strong. If I can do that for my Mother, and I can do it for anyone.
  4. by   iliel
    echo*echo
    Good luck to you! Stick with it and work hard! You'll do great!

    I actually work in dentistry. I am a RDA and HATE it! I always wanted to do nursing, but for some reason, I was talked out of it by an advisor and told to do Dentistry for the hours and pay. But ya know what, they hours are poor, the pay suck and the benefits, well, feel lucky if you have them. There is no chance to grow in my feild.
    After several years and huge amounts of student loans later, I quit, moved to Vegas and "started over" I am almost there! I'll apply in 2004 and plan to go as far as I can!
  5. by   kryzzz
    Aah, I love hearing from all of you from such different careers and different walks of life, all really trying to make a difference as Dr. Kate spoke so eloquently.

    I have been taking my nursing prereqs at night with so many career-changers (post-Dot Bomb casualties); their experiences are invaluable and I believe we are creating a newer, more modern generation of nurses. This can only bring greater respect to the profession!

    I worked in a hospital all through college, and I've been working in molecular biology these last four years. I can't wait to get back into patient care!

    I am really looking forward to working with this next generation!
  6. by   ulianka
    EDI Manager for distribution company - going to nursing. So, count me in.
  7. by   Nurse_RaRa
    Mellissa, I understand your plight. It's great that you both are agreeing to counseling. My first hubby (bio-dad on a good day - sperm donor on a bad) only went one day....I would highly recommend Bill Glasser's book - Reality Therapy or maybe it's now Choice Theory...anyway - EXCELLENT Book! talks about how each of us have a Quality World Picture and will only change the stuff in it if the status Quo hurts enough - like me going back to school - I'll be closer to the two kids (ages 13 and 14) that live with Bio-dad. I was too far away to make it to their games/plays/concerts....and that hurt too much plus I want a job that I can do till I die.... My favorite saying is What's in your QWP? Mine is to be closer to my other kids and to endure an 80 mile RT commute to become a RN, and maybe make a dent in this world or someone's life related to caring/teaching/healing.


    Yousay you aren't the best student and not good at completing things...that's honest. Why would you have to move with a Divorce? The CC deal sounds good to me. Is there a Sylvan Testing Place near you? You could try there for starters. I guess you just have to jump in and test the waters that way or you'll never know if you can make it - if that is what you want. I'd go talk to L&D and NICU RNS.

    I left town after my divorce and the ex moved back to it! Big mistake - that's why the kids are with him by choice - their friends are there. But there is a 4 yr BSN there and no CC ASN so I'm moving closer but not that close.

    Probably because fo the four kids - I chose to take the Divorce Recovery Workshop twice but I'm part IRISH so it's taken six years to get over it all.

    PS. ex just married #3, New hubby and I still going great - He is very supportive of the move and school and new job.:chuckle :chuckle
  8. by   Kel_1
    Hi,

    I now exactly how you feel. I sit at a computer all day and its boring me so i to have decided to go back to uni to do nursing.

    I am currently a legal secretary in a small legal firm. I thought it was what i wanted to do all my life but i have found out that its not what i want.

    I always wanted a career that uses my brain and keeps me active and motivated.

    I was in hospital recently and thats were i got some feeling that i would love to do nursing, helping people and knowing that when i go home at night i have acomplished something that i can be proud of.

    Good luck with your studies. Hope it all goes well for you.
  9. by   Paleobug
    Hi, I'm making a career change myself in my early 40s. I have a BS in geology and could never find work as a geologist, so I use my degree as a hobbie. I have been working in the casino industry and I am tired of it and I want to finally have a career and no longer just a job. Also, there is no job security in casino work. You have to start "on call" and work part time before you can be hired full time and that can take years.

    I've been reading all the negatives from nurses already working in the field. I can say this that with what I've experienced while working in a casino I don't believe could be much worse than being a nurse i.e.; odd shifts, physical labor, demanding bosses, mean people, stress, etc. Being childfree helps too.

    Good Luck!
    Last edit by Paleobug on Aug 18, '03
  10. by   Mister Chris
    Originally posted by amyrae76
    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 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?

    YES! I started out as a building surveyor, completed full training and then let loose onto the building world only to find there was a building slump and work was scarce! I was going through a divorce, needed somewhere to live and some income. I was offered a 3yr. Psych. course - live in - and get paid! thirty years later I'm a nurse Regstered in Psych. General, Aged Care and now working as an Independent Nurse Practitioner! It works if you put your mind to it. Good Luck.

    amy
  11. by   Mister Chris
    I made a slight mistake on my first visit to this site and added my bit to the end of amyrae76! sorry amy.
    Yes I have made a total change in carreer and am now 61. many years of very rewarding nursing under my belt. I often wonder what would have happened if I had persisted and stayed in the building industry.
  12. by   Mister Chris
    Originally posted by Paleobug
    Hi, I'm making a career change myself in my early 40s. I have a BS in geology and could never find work as a geologist, so I use my degree as a hobbie. I have been working in the casino industry and I am tired of it and I want to finally have a career and no longer just a job. Also, there is no job security in casino work. You have to start "on call" and work part time before you can be hired full time and that can take years.

    I've been reading all the negatives from nurses already working in the field. I can say this that with what I've experienced while working in a casino I don't believe could be much worse than being a nurse i.e.; odd shifts, physical labor, demanding bosses, mean people, stress, etc. Being childfree helps too.

    Good Luck!
  13. by   Mister Chris
    I can reccomend making changes. One of the biggest rewards I had was the people contact (even as a male nurse!) and the wonderful feeling of doing something worthwhile. (Even if the money was yuk!)

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