Should I give nursing another try?

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    I am extremely depressed. My whole family are nurses mother and all my aunts. They kept on telling me nursing is the only way to make money quick. So I enrolled in nursing school but I didnt pass the practicum and failed med surg II. I was going to a school where a class is 5,000 and I had a loan but since I failed I would have had to pay out of pocket and also to retake the class I would have to go a different campus that was a really far place. So I left the program and went to school to get an english degree because I am passionate about writing and magazines. I want to be a magazine editor. Unfortunately the writing market is going down and I am kicking myself for leaving nursing. I was only one semester to go. I can't think of a job that makes as much as a nurse. Does anyone have an idea for a non medical job that is high entry level and not too much schooling?
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    Law enforcement. Plus in 20 years when you are retiring at age 40 or so you can laugh at all the nurses who must continue working to 65 and beyond.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, joanna73, HouTx, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from almostmadeit
    I am extremely depressed. My whole family are nurses mother and all my aunts. They kept on telling me nursing is the only way to make money quick. So I enrolled in nursing school but I didnt pass the practicum and failed med surg II. I was going to a school where a class is 5,000 and I had a loan but since I failed I would have had to pay out of pocket and also to retake the class I would have to go a different campus that was a really far place. So I left the program and went to school to get an english degree because I am passionate about writing and magazines. I want to be a magazine editor. Unfortunately the writing market is going down and I am kicking myself for leaving nursing. I was only one semester to go. I can't think of a job that makes as much as a nurse. Does anyone have an idea for a non medical job that is high entry level and not too much schooling?

    Holy moly lack of good decision making.
    1) Chasing after a career for "quick money" is what brought you to where you are now - careerless. Most careers that make money quickly seem to be more " blue collar" jobs, likud welders, pipe fitters, electricians, NURSES, law enforcement, Speciality jobs you must be good at. You can't just decide to do them because someone told you they make good money. When you do, you fail.

    2) I appreciate following your dreams as far as the English degree, however, the writing industry has been dying for a long time. I'm sure there are magazine editor positions, but you're going to have to fight for them by working long and hard and making your way up the chain.
    I don't even WANT to be a writer, and it took me 5 seconds to realize that.

    Sooooo, we all make mistakes. It's cool. However, you seem to be doing the same thing again.
    Since you feel so passionately about writing, have you considered finishing your degree (I assume you didn't, correct me if I'm wrong) and teaching while you write on the side? You can also make money by tutoring on the side.
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    Seriously?

    Taking on a nursing program with sole purpose of making $$.....I'm glad you will never have to take care of me.
    Snowbird17 and Liamsmama like this.
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    There are lots of ways to make money. None of the reputable ones are get rich quick types, including nursing. You learned it isn't as easy as your relatives' lips made it sound.

    Magazines are going the way of the dinosaur.

    You aren't the first young person to struggle with what they want to be when they grow up. Pick something you won't hate doing every day, then pursue that, recognizing it will take time, effort and probably some time being "poor". You'll survive it....as so many others have. A job is nothing more than selling your time. What would you like to sell your time doing that you realistically CAN sell your time doing? That's the direction you should head in. Best of luck.
    joanna73 and llg like this.
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    Prostitution, drug dealing, robbing banks, etc. -- but those jobs have definite downsides

    Movie star, rock star, professional athlete, etc. -- but those jobs require talent (and some luck -- and lots of practice -- and life on the road gets lonely)

    Physicians get paid well early in their careers -- but they have to go to school for a long time and work long hours before the money comes.

    Corporate executive -- again, requires talent, education, and hard work (or extreme brilliance and/or luck to found a quick start-up company in your garage and sell it for millions).

    Lottery winner -- pure luck.

    If there were a legal and moral career that paid big bucks at the entry level -- that did not require a lot of education, special talent, hard work, and/or luck -- then everyone would be doing that kind of work. My guess is you're going to have to what most of the rest of do: choose a career and then stick with it through good times and bad to earn your way to a good paycheck..
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    Quote from llg
    Prostitution, drug dealing, robbing banks, etc. -- but those jobs have definite downsides

    Movie star, rock star, professional athlete, etc. -- but those jobs require talent (and some luck -- and lots of practice -- and life on the road gets lonely)

    Physicians get paid well early in their careers -- but they have to go to school for a long time and work long hours before the money comes.

    Corporate executive -- again, requires talent, education, and hard work (or extreme brilliance and/or luck to found a quick start-up company in your garage and sell it for millions).

    Lottery winner -- pure luck.

    If there were a legal and moral career that paid big bucks at the entry level -- that did not require a lot of education, special talent, hard work, and/or luck -- then everyone would be doing that kind of work. My guess is you're going to have to what most of the rest of do: choose a career and then stick with it through good times and bad to earn your way to a good paycheck..
    RN's in my state start at 50,000. Entry level nurses are the richest proffesion in the world!
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    Quote from nhnursie
    Seriously?

    Taking on a nursing program with sole purpose of making $$.....I'm glad you will never have to take care of me.
    I know, I am not evil. I just need to find a way to survive! I am almost on the streets right now. I am 22 no job and since I failed, my parents want me to move out unless I can find a high paying job like nursing. Nurses make 50k entry level. I am so stupid to let it go
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    I work FT, as an RN, and my husband makes about 2.5 times as much money, as I do- he's in the military (Marine Corps). Heck, if I were to go back into the military, on active duty, I would make twice what I do, as an RN; in one day of drilling (reserve duty), I make as much money in 8 hrs, as I do in 12 hrs as a nurse, and not once am I kicked, hit, spit on; I get to eat when I'm hungry and pee when I need to, and in general, I'm actually spoken to in a respectful manner by all that I encounter.
    I am definitely not one to say that nursing must be a higher calling- there are many reasons to go into it, and most are valid ones, but at the same time, not everyone is cut out to be a nurse, and doing it solely for the sake of money just isn't a good enough reason (and doing it for 50K/ yr definitely isn't).
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    If I knew then what I know now I'd pick something in the oil and gas industry. Anything from engineering to skilled trades such as pipefitter, there's lots of jobs..at least here in Alberta. I read an article today that Kansas has oil jobs.


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