Teachers Becoming Nurses - page 2
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In looking around this site, I have seen seveal mention that they are teachers who are going/went into nursing. I am currently teaching middle school, and hoping to start nursing school in August. I was just curious how many... Read More
- 0Jan 20, '07 by not_quite_sureQuote from Heloisea3I think I could have posted that! I'm currently in my second year of teaching, and am looking into nursing as an option. Just found out that my wife is expecting a child(!), so my plans to quit teaching in the fall will have to wait for insurance purposes. I'm planning on getting the CNA qualification this summer and moving into it a little at a time. Anyone know of any part-time (i.e., 2 year) LVN/LPN programs? I'd like to continue working until I can work full-time in nursing. I'm in Tyler, Texas. I'm open to other types of jobs, as well, just need to have insurance, now more than ever.I was a teacher before I decided to go back to school for nursing. I quit once I decided to go back to school. I am finishing my prerequisites this semester. I plan to apply to the nursing program in January so that I can hopefully start in the fall. I enjoyed my first two years teaching, but I hated every year after that. There were so many things I didn't like about it. For example, I got really sick of the politics involved and with having to focus all of my attention on the TAKS test (standardized test here in Texas). I had thought about quitting for several years before finally making the leap. I am really looking forward to it. By the way, my husband is also a teacher, and he plans to quit as soon as I am finished with nursing school. He is looking forward to doing something else. Good luck to all of you who are leaving another career to begin nursing.
#1 reason for ditching the classroom for the hospital - goodbye mornings, hello nights (after nursing school, of course)
- 0Jan 20, '07 by MessyJessieHey all! I'm in my second year of teaching and going into an accelerated BSN/MSN program in the summer/fall (not sure where yet). I LOVE teaching, but both my parents are physicians so I basically grew up in the hospital and miss it terribly. I'm teaching at an all-girls high school, and am going to back to school to go into peds (with the hopes of working with adolescent girls at high risk for eating disorders, depression, cutting, etc. in the future).
To be honest, I really view health professions as a type of very important education. If you're a solid teacher who has compassion for your students (a sense of cura personalis for my latin geeks out there), I don't think you'll have any problem translating that into being a solid nurse. Good luck to everyone!
- 0Jan 20, '07 by Teacher2bCRNAi am looking to make the change very soon. however, i am cautious about moving from one stressful job to another. the ultimate goal is crna. both are very politcal professions that are majority female (i am female) and i don't look forward to that. overall, nursing will give me other opportunities that education can't right now.
Quote from bblairin looking around this site, i have seen seveal mention that they are teachers who are going/went into nursing. i am currently teaching middle school, and hoping to start nursing school in august. i was just curious how many educators-turned-nurses there are out there.
- 0Jan 20, '07 by Teacher2bCRNAone of the reasons that i am leaving. let's not forget the principals who don't suspend students when they should. children these days are given passes to be out of control.
Quote from foxyhill21i had thought about teaching, but i do not like to deal with disobedient children and the parents that uphold their disobedient behavior
- 0Jan 20, '07 by Miley22Hi everyone,
I just graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Liberal Studies. I wanted to be an elementary teacher, but until I went to schools and did my field hours...I found out that I don't want to be a teacher anymore. The kids were stubborn and always hyper. I didn't want to change my major and hop onto another one when I was so close in getting a degree in Liberal Studies. Anyways, I am currently attending Golden West College to get my prerquites done so that I could apply to a BSN/MSN program. One thing that I'm scared when apply into nursing schools is I won't know what to say if they ask me why I wanted to change my major from being an elementary teacher to a nurse. I don't want to say that I don't like kids...or can't stand them. Can anyone think of a good reason to say when having an interview with the nursing schools? Thanks!!
I'm also looking for several good nursing schools that offer BSN programs. Does anyone know any nursing school that are out there? It doesn't matter if it's an Out-of-State school or not. I live in Orange County, California.
- 0Jan 20, '07 by JeanettePNPI've been a teacher for 15 years and I'm now taking pre-reqs for nursing school. I started thinking about nursing last year when I taught a human Biology course in high school. My students started coming to me with all their health-related questions. I said to myself, hey, this is what I would *really* like to do full time. So I started to look into nursing.
- 1Jul 6, '12 by editor2rnI taught elementary school for seven years, and I just finished my first year of nursing. I wouldn't go back to teaching. As much as I love teaching, I don't like the behavior management aspect, and the parents can be more of a pain than the kids. Also, career options are limited for teachers. The kids change each year, but the job is the same.
With nursing, there are so many things you can do. I'm finding lots of various job opportunities out there for experienced nurses. I'm not one who likes to feel trapped in a job, and I definitely don't with nursing. It's also great to go in only three days a week. I worked plenty of 12-hour days as a teacher, so the long shifts aren't bad; however, they are physically more demanding than when I was teaching (plus I'm older, so double whammy to the body).
One last little bonus: I get much more respect from the general public as a nurse. Even the patients treat me better than the students or their parents. Everyone thinks they can teach, and they just don't respect that profession. Teachers are seen as babysitters. A few people think they can be nurses, but I find most people seem to respect our profession as something they couldn't do themselves, and they value nurses. Sure, there are always those few ungrateful patients who can drive a nurse crazy, but all in all, I find my interactions with patients and their families to be quite positive.
Good luck with your endeavor!