Any nurses out there who have left nursing or are seriously planning on leaving? - page 2

I'm curious to see if there are any nurses on this site that have successfully left the nursing profession. If so, what career do you now have and how difficult was it for you to switch careers? If... Read More

  1. by   mom23RN
    Quote from Mulan
    So sorry to hear of your loss.

    Your job as medical transcriptionist sounds good, how does one get into that?
    Thank you.

    If I were to do it today I would certainly look at the 2 top internet schools. They are Andrews and M-TEc. It seems as if these graduates have very little problems finding jobs and they have very good placement assistance.


    I know at least M-Tec has an accelerated course for those with medical background. I wouldn't think it would take longer than about 6-9 months online.

    Good luck
  2. by   mom23RN
    Quote from pyrolady
    Mom23RN - how much does a medical transcriptionist make and how do you go about doing it??? Did you have to market yourself? How did you find doctors to transcribe? Charge by page or hour? Different formats for different docs? I have an acquaintance who knows someone in that field - said she even does transcription at the beach on her laptop!! I've thought of it before because you can do it from home and I love secretarial work but I'm afraid I won't make as much as I do now. Any advice is helpful.... Also, one might consider medical coding or billing as it can also be done from home... however, you need to market yourself because most docs who work in hospitals have a signed contract that they will use the hospital for stuff like that. Thanks in advance for the help with above...
    Dear Pyrolady,

    I only work for one group of doctors. I actually "fell into" the job. My gf does it and had been bugging me for about 3 years to try it. I just didn't think I could do it. Finally I tried it and WOW! It LOVED it! It is really easy for me (my specialty practice was one that I had some clinical experience in as a nurse for a short time). I had really no problem with terminology or understanding the docs. But.... it is a group of all americal doctors who all speak english as their first language. We rarely have english as second language doctors and they're much tougher!! :spin:

    I literally make between $30 and $50 an hour depending on what I'm doing. I only transcribe for two of the 11 physicians in the group (although I will fill in for others). I get paid by the line. Now... my group is VERY generous wiht their line rate (that is what they first offered me) and my lines are counted as each line I type (age: 48 = one line). Many places figure that every 65 characters you type = 1 line. Boy, that would make a HUGE dent in my rate! Also remember that I do have to pay my own taxes. For us it was a wash becuase we could also start writing off a ton of stuff we couldn't before (health insurance, internet, mileage, etc.). For our practice I'm also fairly low paid. My gf has been with them for almost 9 years and she will make close to 6 figures this year (working only about 40 hours a week).

    I truly don't think I could market myself at this point nor would I want to. As I said, my docs are VERY generous and I would never think of leaving them. I'm sure I would have a VERY hard time finding another job doing this as I have no training, other than on the job. I'm sure after another year or two maybe just my experience alone will get me something, but as I said, I hope I can stay here for the rest of my life.

    Yep.... I could do it out on the deck while the kids are in the sandbox, on the beach, and even some do it while crusing across the country in their RV!!! How much fun does that sound like?!!

    Good luck! If you have any other questions please ask.
  3. by   fiveofpeep
    I have one more great one for you!

    You can make big bucks once you break in and you dont need any other degree. They want nurses because they are familiar with the environment and medications.
  4. by   Mulan
    Quote from mom23RN
    Thank you.

    If I were to do it today I would certainly look at the 2 top internet schools. They are Andrews and M-TEc. It seems as if these graduates have very little problems finding jobs and they have very good placement assistance.


    I know at least M-Tec has an accelerated course for those with medical background. I wouldn't think it would take longer than about 6-9 months online.

    Good luck
    Thanks so much for the info!
  5. by   mlurca
    Yes, I left after 14 years. Just got fed up, still paying my dues, still working nites. That was 15 years ago. I went to pharmacy school and graduated in 1991. I am now making about 3x what i was making when I left. Not bad. I started nursing in 1974, in San Diego Ca, making $5.25/hr. No kidding. When I graduated HS there just weren't many girls going into non-traditional careers. We still had the "but I wanna get married" tape playing in our heads, I guess. I really did not like nursing from the beginning, but I had invested so much time, I was reluctant to bail out (at least to my 21yo brain it seemed like a lot!). My 1st job was a disaster. I got canned after just not doing well-night shift, med surg. We had to do everything as it was the advent of all the "primary nursing", and to this hospital that meant "fire all the aides, let the RNs do it all". I spent more time than I care to remember emptying trash, filling water pitchers and giving enemas. Plus the actual nursing part. And getting in trouble because I didn't do one of the above, ran out of time. It was a hideous nightmare. All for $5.25/hr. Every 3rd weekend off. Within 24 hours of ending this job, I had another, equally as horrible. Most of my career after that was L&D, and OR, which I really did like, just couldn't picture doing another 30 years, w/the working conditions, rotating shifts and slave wages. My spouse just never did jive w/the "shift work", weekends etc. He has a regular M-F job. The rest of the world works in a paralell universe.
    I am now employed in the mail service pharmacy industry. I have a desk job, no weekends or nites (or at least very,very few). I would actually be able to support my family, very comfortably if my husband croaked, God forbid. I love my job and I am much happier. I would recommend nursing to very few people, it is not for everyone.
  6. by   HealthyRN
    Thanks for all of the replies so far! It is comforting to know that I am not alone in this.

    Mlurca, I found your story especially interesting, as I have thought about going into pharmacy. Is pharmacy a career that you would recommend? How easy is it to get a desk job like you have?
  7. by   MoriahRoseRN

    I have seriously put a lot of thought into this. Actually, I only finished my RN in hopes to get into ultrasound (part of the prerequisites is to have an allied health degree). After my first year of school I knew nursing was not what I thought it was going to be. Has anyone else gone the ultrasound route? Does anyone have any friends in the ultrasound profession, and are they as stressed as nurses?
  8. by   Lacie
    I imagine most will think this one is a real crazy but after my husband passed away suddenly at age 34 from an brain stem aneurysm I found I was suddenly a single parent of 2 boys. I was then working medical case management for the worker's compensation industry in Pgh, PA. When I returned to work 2 weeks after his death I came home to find my case load was DOUBLED. We had a new manager in charge of the RNs who was an Associate degree in Psych! Knew nothing about being a nurse that's for sure. When I approached her regarding the new work load considering I was part time and previously was already carrying a fulltime case load her response was "get over it as it's been 2 weeks and that's plenty of time to grieve. He's dead time to get back to work!" I quit right then and essentially told her to stick her case load where the sun dont shine. I then relocated back to Florida and opened up a cleaning company doing residential and post construction. Surprisingly I made more than I did as an RN!!!! I've been doing this for 8 years now and it has supported me and my 2 sons enough to be home when they get up for school and when they come home. No holidays, no weekends or nights. Take off when I want or if one of the kids are sick. Now my youngest is graduating high school and I plan to return to the clinical setting as they dont need mom to bandage scrapped knees any longer. The thing I am going to hate the most is working for someone else again and dealing with all the bs politics! I keep procastinating going back also sorry to say lol.
  9. by   banditrn
    Lacie - OMG, what a nasty person she was!! I'm glad you got away from her! I'm so sorry about your hubby - I knew a young fella back here in Iowa, that happened to his wife.

    You are a true inspiration.
  10. by   delta32
    I have cut down my hours by selling adult novilties for Passion Parties, I goto peoples homes demo products and have fun. No heavy lifting, no one complaining, no spinters that are "killing" people. Just all around good time. I make 40% on total sales. I have been able to drop shifts when i have parties booked! E-mail me if you are interested at or you can visit my site at
    oh for the record I was a Agency ICU nurse, I am currently out d/t having a Laminectomy 2 weeks ago.

  11. by   michelle1260

    I am a nurse who is considering leaving nursing or at least learning another profession.

    To the opening post: If you find something that you truly think you like to do, don't let taking extra classes get in the way of that.

    I plan on becoming a clinical laboratory scientist (medical technologist) and it will take me about three years to get a degree in this.

    I rather go back to school to learn something that I think I am going to like to do then to stay in nursing and be unhappy and stressed.

  12. by   nerdtonurse?
    Life's too short to be unhappy. Make a list of the things you love to do, and then try to find a job that fits it. I've spent years being unhappy. Well, I may be unhappy again, but at least it will have a different cause!
    Last edit by nerdtonurse? on Nov 13, '06 : Reason: shortened
  13. by   mlurca
    to kat, rn,bsn:i would recommend pharmacy as a profession and i have never regretted it. i would talk to as many people as you can. the academic part is very rigorous, and nursing undergrad does little to prepare you. you may want to take some higher level math, ie calculus, plus chemistry (the 4 semester one for science majors) and physics. you have to be ready to really embrace all this!! once in there, i found i really enjoyed it, and that was half the battle. read some of the comments on a pharmcy discussion discussion board (keep in mind alot of those folks are malcontents and have nothing good to say--you need to hear the bad with the good). there is good and bad, you just have to find what suits you best: i have done long term care, home health (hated them the most!), hospital inpatient and outpatient, retail and now mail service. probably the most interesting job i had was working in a poison control center. most of these hire nurses as well and in the line of work i was able to use knowledge of pharmacy and nursing, as well as good, old-fashioned life and parenting experience. plus you have lots of great stories to entertain your friends. you really get a different slant on life.
    Last edit by mlurca on Nov 13, '06