Midlife Career Change to Nursing - Advice, please - page 7

Hi all, I'm a 42-year-old lawyer who's seriously considering making a career change to the nursing field. (I've been an unhappy lawyer, in several different law positions, for 18 years now...). I... Read More

  1. by   Danzi
    Honestly, being a lawyer isn't a stable job. The cap on associates at law firms (the lowest level lawyer) is about six years, and then you're out. Corporate jobs are extremely hard to come by, and the physical aspect of lawyering is awful - we work very long hours and sit on our butts for 10-13 hours a day. I've been a lawyer with excellent positions for six years, and I can attest that this job is NOT what most people think it is. I think seasoned attorneys and seasoned nurses likely feel similarly about their professions.
  2. by   Danzi
    mcgocara31 - I'd love to know if you made the switch from law to nursing. I am also a lawyer (6 years in) in my mid-thirties and have been seriously considering making the switch for several years now. I know nursing is difficult and not glamorous, but being a lawyer is a long slog through anxiety and discontent that has no chance of ending after I leave the office for the day. Any advice from you or the other lawyers-turned-nurses would be so appreciated!
  3. by   ms.piggy98
    Quote from LoyalWeim

    Wait wait wait.... keep in mind you are getting advice from people that are ALREADY nurses. I am in a very similar situation as you are and what this post and it's responses tell me is that "grass is always greener over there". I am 41 years old and an engineer of 15 years. I want to switch to nursing and by God that is what I am going to do. The jobs? Seriously? These people act like nursing is the only field struggling with the job market. EVERY field since 2009 is struggling with the job market. Every. Single. One. Unless of course you are already a multi-millionaire... in which case you could choose to not work at all. Ok... some areas are better than others... right? So you have to move for that first nursing job. It is so easy for folks to say, "Man are you crazy? Lawyer switching to nursing? Stay where you are!" Yet they have no idea who you are or where you want to be today. All they know is where THEY are and to them I guess law looks better. But isn't this always the case? Looking at the other side and saying how "better" or "easier" it is over there? They envision lawyers running around in BMWs while they toil for a 12 hour shift in the ER. What they do not realize is that *you* might actually enjoy making less money in the ER. The issue is that you will not know until you try... period!

    Well said....thank you. Just the encouragement I needed to hear. I plan on "making the plunge" at 36. I've been dreaming of being a nurse for years and if I don't try I'll never be happy with myself.