Nursing as Second Career for Mature Professional w/Full-Time Job? - page 3

by journeyhope

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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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    I left my real estate business for nursing, had a Bachelor's in Political Science. Did LPN then bridged to RN, currently working part-time as that was all I could get. There is no nursing shortage, my husband was not happy with my major drop in income. That said, I am divorcing said hubby, my little boy is now 17 years old, and I love my work. I want to sell this big house, have downsized from a big SUV to a little Toyota and am happy about it. Go ahead and start your pre-reqs at night and keep your job during the day. Start saving money anywhere you can, like giving up the daily latte, take your lunch from home, etc. Do look at volunteering to make sure this is the direction that you want to go in. The reality may be quite different from your expectations. Stay away from LTC. 30 patient med passes will burn you out quickly. I am in an acute rehab unit in a community hospital now with 5 patients, it feels like a vacation compared to LTC. Don't give up your dream, just spend some time preparing for it.

    MauraRN
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    Quote from MauraRN
    I left my real estate business for nursing, had a Bachelor's in Political Science. Did LPN then bridged to RN, currently working part-time as that was all I could get. There is no nursing shortage, my husband was not happy with my major drop in income. That said, I am divorcing said hubby, my little boy is now 17 years old, and I love my work. I want to sell this big house, have downsized from a big SUV to a little Toyota and am happy about it. Go ahead and start your pre-reqs at night and keep your job during the day. Start saving money anywhere you can, like giving up the daily latte, take your lunch from home, etc. Do look at volunteering to make sure this is the direction that you want to go in. The reality may be quite different from your expectations. Stay away from LTC. 30 patient med passes will burn you out quickly. I am in an acute rehab unit in a community hospital now with 5 patients, it feels like a vacation compared to LTC. Don't give up your dream, just spend some time preparing for it.

    MauraRN
    Sorry, just had to ask since the door was wide open for it...Should she also expect to divorce her husband due to her career change?
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    I was in the same postition several years ago; stable job, good income, two small children, Bachelors and Masters degress, etc. I went thru a part-time BSN program. Nursing school is very hard, it takes A LOT of time and a lot of money, and it will suck the life right out of you.
    I would not trade the experience, however, I would not do it again either. If I had it to do over again, I would wait until my children were older and I was retired from my first career. Luckily, I was able to return to my old job and pick back up where I left off and I work part-time/prn as a nurse. Mainly to pay back the loans I had to take out.
    What you may find is that your current career has better pay, better working conditions, better hours, more time off, less stress etc, etc, etc.
    I might also look at volunteering, and maybe look at EMT classes that are usually offered at a Jr. College and are only one semester long with no pre-req's, then you can work up to Paramedic.
    I would wait!!!
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    I'd agree with the much of the above advice to not rush into a decision. It sounds like you may have a bit more exposure to real-life nursing than some, which is a great place to start.

    I wouldn't count on making a comparable wage anytime soon. Depending on where you live, it could take several years to get the experience and opportunity necessary to match your current salary. Being willing to routinely work weekends, overnight, overtime and/or two jobs would probably be more financially rewarding, though it can be difficult for some to maintain such schedules.

    The shift-work scheduling of most nursing jobs can have many advantages but it can also be a drawback. You may not have as much control as you'd like over which shifts you are assigned, forcing you to miss more holidays/kids' activities/etc than you may have expected. And unlike many office jobs, you can't take a few hours during your work day to run errands, go to the doctor, etc.

    And finally, the most in-demand nursing jobs are often the tough ones. The average bedside nurse has a ton of different responsibilities to juggle where the situations & priorities are constantly changing. One patient needs pain meds, another needs to use the toilet, another needs a blood transfusion, there are several new orders to review and get done, a family member on the phone has a question, a doctor is calling back on an abnormal lab, there are 15 pages of admission papers to fill out, one thing after another. And any patient condition could quickly turn for the worse at any time. Like life-guarding pools in separate rooms while also waitressing a busy restaurant! Non-stop for 12-hours. Some say it feels like "running around like a chicken with its head cut off." Some thrive on it. Some manage it. Others run from it like the plague.

    If you do want to be a nurse, then it's worth it to risk a financial hit and trade the pros and cons for your current job for the pros and cons of nursing. Just don't make that choice based on general impressions and vague feelings of dissatisfaction. As mentioned before, volunteering, taking EMT classes, and more could another way to get involved without tossing your current career. And that experience might give you better insight into whether or not you do want to make a career change.

    I know for me, it's easier to justify time & money spent on taking classes towards a specific career goal such as nursing as opposed to investing time & money into volunteer work or less-lofty pursuits in the medical arena. But since you do already have a good job, it might make sense to pursue this interest in health care with smaller steps.
    Last edit by jjjoy on Nov 30, '09
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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.
    Too much Grey's Anatomy me thinks. How would someone with a full time job, a two year old, a well paying job, up and decide to change.
    Is there any likelihood of your being laid off?
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    From what I see, this may be just a "ditto" post but:

    1) You like your job

    2) You have no stress in your life (presumably including your job)

    3) You make 80-90k per year + benefits

    I think you'd be nuts to dump all that and go into nursing. You may improve in the "making a difference" category but you're going to lose out on #2 and #3 above (and #1 is at risk).

    Don't do it... stay put.
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    Quote from Katie5
    Too much Grey's Anatomy me thinks. How would someone with a full time job, a two year old, a well paying job, up and decide to change.
    Is there any likelihood of your being laid off?

    :spin: There was also another poster here claiming they made 250 thousand dollars per year in their previous career and they decided to pursue nursing....
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    I agree with posters here about taking your time. However, the 90k is very, very doable in South Florida. Take your time, that's all.
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    Quote from journeyhope

    So, I need a sanity check from the folks in this great community - Am I crazy???? For some reason I feel I have the nursing bug. I've checked out numerous books from the library and I've been trying to register at Broward College to start my CHM1032 prereq - hopefully online if something opens up. I figure if I focus on my pre-reqs first and get A's then I can begin focusing on getting into Nursing School. However, all the schools in Broward County are full-time (clinicals during the day). Miami-Dade College is the only one that currently offers a part-time curriculum for full-time professionals (clinicals on the weekends).

    Right now, my husband doesn't support me in my current pie-in-the-sky dream because he says that nurses in South Florida only make 40K. I told him that I'd spoken to several nurses who made 50-60 K (with ASN degree and BSN). So, would someone out there shed some light on my very dark situation - am I crazy or just a glutton for punishment? Should I be saying hey I make good money stay put and forget about this nursing thing!

    Please help. :spin:
    Throwing away a 80-90K/yr job for possible unemployment, possible back injury and a stressful, difficult job, if you find one . . . you're crazy!!
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    I wouldn't do it again if I could have a do-over. I would have went to med school instead. Heavy debt for the BSN and a lot of regret. Oh well...


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