Nursing as Second Career for Mature Professional w/Full-Time Job? - page 4

by journeyhope 5,292 Views | 33 Comments

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 agree, med. school!!!
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    Journey...I just ran across this old thread...and I was just checking in...wondering whether you made the leap or kept your feet planted to the ground? Any second thoughts/regrets/feelings of confidence you made the right decision...whatever that decision was...?
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    Why leave a good job that you like and spend money and time in something that makes less? It doesn't make sense. Nursing isn't all about helping people. A lot of it is task-oriented. Also, jobs may be hard to come by.

    Why fix it if it isn't broken?

    I like PP's idea about volunteering at a hospital or other place where you can help people. (:

    EDIT. This thread is old! Oops! What happened OP?
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    You will have to decide for yourself, of course. IMO, trying to juggle a full time job while raising a toddler AND going to nursing school sounds suicidal. Someone is going to get the short end of the stick. The thing about nursing school is you have to be 100% committed to it. I would recommend that you take your pre-reqs at a pace you can tolerate. Then when your child starts school, perhaps you will have more time and less direct responsibility.

    Personally, if I were to consider a career change at my age(50s) I would NOT choose nursing. Not at this age. I've put in 36 years of work experience, the first 18 years working in hospitals on the evening and night shifts. I have paid for that with a sleep disorder, type 2 diabetes, arthritis in my feett from all the standing and walking. Best thing I ever did was leave hospital nursing. I worked as a school nurse the last 6 years and even that became difficult as my arthritis got worse. I left school nursing and now I'm working for a non-profit, doing training and chart audits. Most of my day is spent researching files and writing educational materials, which I truly love. But I couldn't have done this job as a new grad. It has taken 36 years to get where I am today.

    Good luck. I hope you think really hard about this. I woudn't do it until your Husband is on board. Nursing school can be incredibly hard of marriages and families.

    ETA: oops! zombie thread!


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