Nursing as Second Career for Mature Professional w/Full-Time Job? - page 2

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Would someone please give me some feedback? If you are an entry level RN or an experienced RN or just like me - a wife, a mother of a 2 year old, a full-time professional with a Bachelors (Business) and Masters (Education). I... Read More


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    Tell your husband that with a few years under your belt, you can make $140 K like my nurse neighbor. He loves to work, of course.....

    I am from Miami =)
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    Quote from RNnbakes
    Dont do it. stick with your 90k job. The euphoria you currently feel wont last long when you have to go through nursing school and when you are on the floor being screamed at by patients and doctors.
    If you want to do something to help others, volunteer at a hospital or homeless shelter.
    Again, don't do it! I became an RN in my mid 40's and it was the worst mistake of my life. If only I knew then what I know now. Become a volunteer. You will make a difference. Volunteers can be the shining light in the day of a patient and in the day of the nurse on a unit.

    Good luck with what you choose but think very carefully, and then think again, about becoming a nurse.
    chelynn and 3rdcareerRN like this.
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    Oh My, my only question is WHY?? it will take several years or more to gain the financial security you enjoy now.... You have so many opportunities now why toss that all aside? Nursing is a very hard profession, hard physically and mentally, and you must learn to juggle... I would stay put. uh huh that's what I would do!

    Good luck either way you go!
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    Quote from RNnbakes
    Dont do it. stick with your 90k job. The euphoria you currently feel wont last long when you have to go through nursing school and when you are on the floor being screamed at by patients and doctors.
    If you want to do something to help others, volunteer at a hospital or homeless shelter.
    I agree. This is the best advice for your current situation. However, I have heard of people leaving their 6-figure jobs to do something they had passion for. In this economy, you may want to really think long and hard about that decision before you drop it all.
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    Quote from caliotter3
    If I could have made it in my former career, I would go back to it. I have wasted too much time and money pursuing nursing only to achieve inadequate employment at best and unemployment at worst. There is something to be said about sticking with the known versus chasing the elusive. Dreams don't pay the bills or buy healthcare for oneself much less one's family.

    I agree - Sometimes I wish I hadn't done it...
    I ended up digging myself deeper
    Have a BA and Master's (Librarian) Corporate library world went through major upheavals a few years ago Stoopid me would not consider public librarian (fyi : corporate librarianship is very competitive and fast paced)
    went to school for nursing with medical librarianship or research in the back of my mind AFTER getting EXPERIENCE.
    Beleived the need for nursing hype DUH
    It breaks my heart reading all the excited queries on this website re: getting into nursing

    Do more research re: nursing than a few postings on this website.

    Have an associates in nursing which seemed to qualify me to work in LTC - dealing with the elderly is an area of interest for me (would love acute care geri) but not beating myself up in the abusive LTC environment that I found my self in...what kind of nursing care am I giving in the few minutes allowed per resident 20 + residents...I found the LTC industry "sicker" than the residents it sucks in..
    Anyhoo post spinal surgery and I cannot go back to that kind of environment and hospitals seem to still want BSN nurses.
    Everyone's reality is different - spend some time on this site - read other's posts There is alot of heartbreak and dissapointment on these pages...at the same time other postings exibit many sucesses in the world of nursing.
    no guarantees thats the deal

    So for me, more time and money to go where...
    hope to skip the BSN and >>> master's case management geri, research or do I hear another siren call
    I am too old for this...
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    go ahead. chase your dream...but be prepared for the worst...and believe me, it is there in abundance!
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    I wouldn't do it if I were you. I wish I made near 80k a yr. I'm only an lpn but still 80k is awesome. however money isn't everything. but definently volunteer or shadow a nurse before going into debt paying for all these nursing classes. you may find out it is not what you think. I enjoy being a nurse I really do but its hard and somedays I wish I could just be a normal person working 9to 5 p in a cubicle or something..lol
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    Quote from nurse2be09
    I wouldnt do it if I were you. I left a very stable career, making 55K-60K with only an Associate's Degree, only to go through a very hard nursing program to not having a job when I graduated. It took me 3 months after graduation to land my first RN job, and by then, I was behind on my mortgage. I almost lost my home. I had been looking for my first RN job months before I actually graduated. I wouldnt do it if I were you.

    With the economy the way it is, don't believe the hype about a "nursing shortage" which is the BS they will feed you all the way through nursing school. Just look around on this site and see how many new grads are struggling to find a job 6 months post graduation.
    So true,we have to throw to the wind our former lives and move thousand miles away to finally start working~!
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    I wouldn't do it. Financial security is something very important nowadays. You will be paying to go to school to work in a field upon starting out will halve your current salary. Major point to think about. Of course everybody should pursue their dreams, but dreams don't pay the bills.
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    For the long-term, it could work out well for you. I guess it just depends on how much stress and hardship you are willing to put up with in the short-term, for the sake of your dream. You say that your passion is education; there is a need for good nursing school instructors as well as clinical instructors. Of course, you will have to spend some time "in the trenches" before you will be able to teach.

    I went back to school later in life, and have no regrets. I had to be true to myself and knew I would always wonder what would have happened if I didn't follow my heart. Nursing certainly isn't the "golden ticket" I thought it would be while I was going to school, and the job market just stinks right now! But it won't always be like this.

    Best of luck to you!


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