Changing to a non-nursing career? - page 2

Hello!! I was wondering if I am alone in what I have done? I have been an RN since 1991. I have worked in Nursing homes and Home Health moslty, with some time in Cardiac Rehab and with... Read More

  1. by   delmonte
    good luck for both of us....I'm also thinking of changing career....I'm not happy anymore being a nurse.....It's just really hard to find yourself unhappy everytime you go to work as a nurse......'hope we can already find a career/work that will make us happy
  2. by   sad1
    Hi friends ,
    I always thought its only me who is not happy of the nursing profession, but reading about some of you is really giving me the courage to switch to something else which i would enjoy . I was working in a airline as a nurse for 5 years n was happy about it but i had to leave that job as i have migrated to another country with my husband . Now here I have to again look out for a job in a hospital which I am not very happy about , i dont have any additional degree either . I dont mind a 9-5 schedule in nursing line itself . i am all confused n frustrated please give me ideas . sad1 :-(
  3. by   mtngrl
    I have to come to absolutely DESPISE nursing. I have been a nurse for 7 years, and have tried several different areas. It is no longer about the patient, its allll about MOUNDS of ridiculous paperwork, employers that have no respect for us, so much stress that I cannot deal with. I have become increasingly depressed. I am at a job now that makes a lot of money.....but I have come to hate it also. I want to work somewhere positive, where employers don't overwork you to where you are sick. I swear I would not be surprised if I have a heart attack soon due to the STRESS! I want to leave nursing altogether. I will likely keep renewing the license, but I KNOW the next job I get will not be a nursing job. I am also sure I will most likely make less than half of what I make now.....but I will have my health and sanity back. I am just figuring out the plan now, of when to make my move and get out the hellhole they call nursing.
  4. by   MissPiggy
    You can use aspects of your nursing education in other fields... I am now an LPC in private practice because I got sick and tired of all the games in nursing. I am still an RN but don't really use it much. The pharmacology and psych training sure have helped though. It is such a great feeling, though, to know that if the going gets tough, you don't have to grovel to keep your job, you and they both know that you can go elsewhere, which makes them treat you better.
  5. by   CrunchRN
    What is an LPC?
  6. by   MissPiggy
    Quote from CrunchRN
    What is an LPC?
    Licensed Professional Counselor, sorry!
  7. by   RN In FL
    I have been an RN for 29 years, ADN with a BS in Community Health ED, I have done it all from Oncology Nursing, to Home Health, to working with a grant for substance abusing, pregnant women, casemanager, to insurance precert, to my last job worked my way up to sr management with an hmo. I took time off to be a road warrior since my son played college ball and daughter in college, AND SHEER EXHAUSTION (health stuff). That was 8 yrs ago. i am 49, this yr. Son has since graduated college, daughter last yr nursing school, yay her. I am now refreshed and staying FAR FAR away from nursing, but entering the workforce. I am applying for an Admissions Coordinator/Medical Records positon job. I am soooooo excited for this position!!! Another job i have applied for is a Staffing Coordinator. These jobs are at LTC facilities. I am able to utilize my skills in medical records, HIPPA stuff, staffing of the nurses and their shifts. Working with the nursing supervisors, without dealing with patient care!!! I feel relief. I really didn't want a hospital. That environment is too busy for me. I just pray i get the job. So the pay isn't up there what I was making, but WHO CARES!!!

    My only problem i felt is always having to explain the 8yr gap in my unemployment...and the "lack of experience", but when they review my resume, kinda speaks for itself... so just a thought....
  8. by   kcmylorn
    I too am on the constant look out for a non nursing position because I to am tired of the treatment we older experienced nurses are receiving at the hands of these clinical employers. The disrespect, the pure selfishness, the stress and health issues this kind of treatment brings on is not worth it.

    Being a older nurse with 32 yrs of experience dooms one into one continous temp/time limiting job after another for all the worn out posted reasons here on AN. The stints on unemployment between these positions are emotionally and financially draining. One just gets out of the financial abyss when the position ends and it is followed by a 1 1/2-2 month stint on unemployment again and it's start all over again.

    The discriminatory practices in nursing is rampant. Especially the ageism. If a nurse speaks out or reports on any kind of discrimination at their workplace, they are retailated against and terminated. Retaliation is another reportable offense and in other industries it brings big paydaysin the form of lawsuits. In nursing it is swept under the rug. No Nursing power house seems to moving in any direction to purge the profession of these practices. The metro areas of the country are the worst offenders.

    I would love to get in a financial position where I could get a position in an legal office or a any business office non nursing related such as a home improvement store, any where, just to see if this kind of behavior goes on there.
    It has left me unenthusiatic toward nursing. Not the expectation of nursing academia's whitepapers (related to older experienced nurses being kept in the profession) they planned on. And to that end I know i am not alone.
  9. by   passionflower
    You took the words right out of my mouth. I have been brainstorming and am even forming a group that encourages each other about ways to strengthen ourselves and move on from our nursing jobs. For the most part it seems that hospital nurses are THE MOST unhappy of all the nurses. One good thing about nursing is the alternatives you have to move around to different areas whereas if you were an accountant, well you would be accounting somewhere. Let me know if you come up with a better alternative.
  10. by   cantdoit
    I hope to change to a non-nursing job someday soon. Or at least a non-hospital nursing job. I haven't even been doing this very long, but I know its not for me. I've even found myself daydreaming about my old crappy retail/restaurant jobs lately. I wish I'd listened to those voices in my head telling me it wasn't a good fit during school, but practicality won out I guess.
  11. by   nervousnurse
    I posted something very similar recently (on the general nursing board), and I see this thread hasn't had any replies in 5 months, but would love to hear more people's experiences!
  12. by   mtngrl
    I am still browsing the classifieds daily but have not found anything I would apply to yet. I hate feeling so trapped in nursing. I have some small debts to pay off and I feel like I can't even quit until I get that done. So you can believe I am living as thrifty as possible and making the biggest payments I can so that I won't feel so financially strapped when I do finally leave. Even in case management there is still huge liability which is one reason I hate nursing. And the workload is enormous. It's the last area I thought I would try before I would be totally done with this career. I don't handle stress well and I also think about my job and the situations at it like 24/7 including my days off! I can never enjoy time away from work because I take it with me everywhere. I really have NO idea what kind of job I will end up with one day!
  13. by   olive11
    I'm glad to have found this conversation stream. I'm an LVN with 18 yrs experience and a bachelor degree in a non-nursing field. I had hoped my degree would help me find something I enjoyed AND good to very good pay as well. The harsh reality for me is that the nursing background actually held me back in moving into a different career field. Potential employers saw it and decided I wouldn't be a good fit because my scope of experience seemed so narrow. I'm now working in a nursing position, office based in a cubicle with a headset 8 hours a day, Mon-Fri, day shift. I make good money ($42K + benefits) but at a cost to my personal satisfaction.

    A friend linked me up with a professional resume writer who revamped my resume to highlight my strengths - we all have them as nurses - while still including the clinical aspect. Things like organizational skills, leadership, supervisory and case management skills and even educational experience. When you think about it, we have all those skills and experiences that we utilize on a daily basis as a successful nurse. I'm looking at moving more towards education for adults as my future goal. I'm already 40 which may seem to be late in the game but these days with people working until their 80's, I think I'm doing pretty good and not overly concerned about the age thing. Especially since my past experience coupled with learning new skills (computer and technology focused) can help me to land a job that will fit most, if not all, of my needs AND wants for a career.

    FYI: most public libraries offer FREE training in Excel, Word, and basic computer usage which are a must for employment now. For those of you lacking in those skills, I strongly recommend getting them. Also, sit down and write down your strengths and interests ex: organizing, research, creative writing, etc including hobbies you enjoy so you can get a good idea of what it is you'd like to do. With the help of the resume writer and some introspection and prayer, I feel ready to move into something that will make me happy and provide me with a cash positive life. Best of luck to you all!