anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 7

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   Dublin37
    Hi Amyrae, oh my yes I am a career switcher. I'm 41, with a BA in Sociology, and I was a History teacher in Jr. High. I was also a Event Coord. that was fun, but not good family hours. I used to laugh about the thought of EVER wanting to be a nurse:imbar , yup, I'd make jokes about the hosp smells, wiping touches etc. It wasn't until I delivered a baby that died, that TOTALLY changed how I view hospitals.
    I can't say the desire happened over night but four years later, it grew and grew in me until I couldn't ignore it. People thought I was crazy not to go back into teaching, such great hours, and my husb is a teacher as well. I loved the students, but the subject matter.... ick! And I hated constantly being the disciplinarian. I do enough of that at home! :chuckle I can't wait to be a nurse, I just hope my brain can hold on to all that info so I don't kill someone
    Heather
  2. by   Crystal J
    Hi there! I was four classes away from a business degree(Associates) when I received my calling to be a nurse. I have taken care of the prereqs and now I just have to apply. I will apply for Fall of 2004 so I can prepare financially for everything. In the mean time, I will take classes towards the degree like Microbiology and A&P II. I am in the same boat, I sit at a desk all day bored to death.

    I have been reading this website for a while now and I realize some of the negatives that comes with nursing. I have also read the positives to it too. I am visiting a hospital soon to shadow a nurse, just waiting on the date. I think it really depends on the person and the hospital on how much a person will like their job. I know I will not know until I jump in and do it - but I am willing to give it a try. I like the fact that there are so many areas you can go into and learn if you get bored with one thing.

    Wish me luck!

    Crystal J.
  3. by   agent
    Hi crystal. I'm in the same sit as you except i did just get the degree, I just have to take A&p and micro and hopefully start the nursing clinicals in fall of 2004
  4. by   Mister Chris
    Originally posted by Crystal J
    Hi there! I was four classes away from a business degree(Associates) when I received my calling to be a nurse. I have taken care of the prereqs and now I just have to apply. I will apply for Fall of 2004 so I can prepare financially for everything. In the mean time, I will take classes towards the degree like Microbiology and A&P II. I am in the same boat, I sit at a desk all day bored to death.

    I have been reading this website for a while now and I realize some of the negatives that comes with nursing. I have also read the positives to it too. I am visiting a hospital soon to shadow a nurse, just waiting on the date. I think it really depends on the person and the hospital on how much a person will like their job. I know I will not know until I jump in and do it - but I am willing to give it a try. I like the fact that there are so many areas you can go into and learn if you get bored with one thing.

    Wish me luck!

    I wish you very much luck? With your present life experiences and academic background you will not need so much luck, more pluck and staying power! YOU CAN DO IT _ GO FOR IT! From Chris
    Crystal J.
    :kiss
  5. by   MICU RN
    Best advice is to shadow as many nursing areas as possible. Nursing has its positives, job security, travel, ect., however, it also many negatives, irregular hours, very hard an often disgusting job task, i.e., cleaning plenty of body waste. The pay is okay to start but quickly tops out, you will not make plenty of money unless you work two jobs. Compared to other college educated professional jobs I think it is rather at the bottem in terms of autonomy and respect. What they really don't tell you when you are in nursing school is that to get to the better jobs in the clinical area you pretty much have to get at least a masters degree (PT, pharmD, CRNA,NP physicians asssistant). Hospitals could not function without bedside nurses, but they are at the bottem of the food chain. You get very little autonomy, but plenty of responsibility, in fact the hospitals will dump as much as they can on the bedside nurses and not want to pay you for it.
  6. by   Crystal J
    Thanks for the advice! I will keep all of that in mind! I am nervous, but I really feel nursing is my calling. I really have enjoyed all the responses I have gotten to my post! This website has really helped me make my decision, even with the negatives. A friend told me "Just go for it. You may love it or hate it. Regardless, you can always go back to office work if you hate it".

    Crystal J.
  7. by   agent
    This website has helped me a good deal as well, but beware of the negative comments.. there are many.
  8. by   Mr_D
    I am leaving web technology for a career in nursing.

    Certainly, my field is no longer for me. Since the economic downturn, I'm watching my earnings potential wither away monthly. I'm so tired of investing in new skills only to watch them become obsolete in 1.5 years. At 38, I don't want the BIG paycheck or promotion anymore. I want just a little stability, flexibility, some facetime, and the satisfaction that I had a modicum of impact for someone. Think about this: every program, document, database that I've created in the last 13 years is obsolete and forgotton! My creations have the shelflife of a gnat in a rainstorm. No one would show up to my funeral eulogizing "He wrote some great sales literature back in the '98, really moved me deep down, had to come pay my respects".

    I have thought about it for about 2 years and now with the possibility of a lay-off, am really using this as an opportunity to make a total career change. I find some of the posts here sad and discouraging, however I can tell you that there isn't a single career path in 2003 where people are exceptionally happy (one of my friends is a therapist -- career dissatifaction is the number one complaint these days). Despite a lot of messages on these boards that discourage the profession, I'm going into it with enthusiasm. Why? can't explain it totally. Maybe it's part of post- 9/11, but I want my primary activity while I'm on this earth to have the possibility of positively impacting other lives. I am willing to take on the less fun parts of nursing to do just that. As the old political maxim says "You can't change the world if you can't pay the rent". Nursing provides an income and an opportunity to care for others and a foundation to do much more.

    I also looking forward to getting into an established profession where at least some members are interested in political reform (IT hasn't yet developed a politcal culture). I hope to run as a independent candidate one day. I see Nursing experience can only help.

    Thx!
  9. by   Crystal J
    Very well said Mr D! I can relate on the funeral thing too, I work for a company so large, the customers have no idea I am the one keying in the money into their accounts. All they care about is the money is there. I want to do something to where people will know I impacted lives as well. I really think I would enjoy working with kids or babies.

    Crystal J.
  10. by   agent
    I'm happy to see you mr D. Come join the guys club
  11. by   dean1
    am planning to pursue a career in nursing and most people advise me to get the LVN program first because I am working full time, M-F. Would anyone know nursing schools in LA, CA which offers LVN courses on weekends? Like most of you, I don't find fullfillment anymore in working in front of the computer 8 hrs a day 5days a week.
  12. by   Dublin37
    Hi dean, I looked up CA LVN Schools on internet and found it. They list them. I was looking into that too, until I figured it would take almost as long to get that as an RN, and it pays pretty poorly, considering all the hard work. Look on the LVN Boards here, they gave me great advice.
    Good luck! Heather
  13. by   S.N. Visit
    I'm crossing over from being a licensed cosmetologist. ( How-ever i do plan to keep up on my con-ed & licensure.. just in case.) Also, i've been a stay at home mom for 8 yrs, so it will be a big change in my life. I'm a little scared, but excited and ready to work again.

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