Best/Worst Jobs Before Nursing? - page 2

What were the best and worst jobs you ever had before becoming a nurse? My best was as a vocalist for a band. In fact, if you watch the movie "My Life" w/ Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman, I was... Read More

  1. by   Overland1
    One of the worst jobs was working as a DJ at a local radio station in the 1970's.... lousy hours and worse pay. A close second was doing radio and TV news (another station) in the 1970's. Both jobs had their fun moments, but one could hardly survive on them.

    The best was working as a Field Engineer for a large company specializing in imaging systems. Lots of travel (their vehicle) and away a lot, but the money was pretty good. The experience was extremely valuable.

    So far, Nursing is the overall best career in which I have been involved.
  2. by   PennyLane
    Best job: My first job when I was 16 as a concession stand worker at a movie theater. There was only one theater there (historic theater) and while the movie was running we played cards, goofed off, did homework, played tricks on each other, etc.

    Worst job: One summer while living in Vermont during college I worked odd jobs. The worst was as a flagger on the highway for a construction crew. I'd stand there all day holding the 'slow' sign. Guys driving by would call out their windows at me as they were driving by. Because it was a state job they had to have at least one female on the job. It was 45 mins from where I was living, and they kept bringing my start time up, until I finally had to be there at 3 am one day. That was the day I quit.
  3. by   nrw350
    Good Job: Lab Assistant for Computer lab.... get to play on the computer all the time while at work. But you could not survive on the pay from it.

    Bad Job: Fast food resturant lol.
  4. by   RN2007
    Steph, my hubby and I got married on the Queen Mary in their little Wedding Chapel and had our reception afterwards at the Sir Winston bout 14 years ago. Our relatives and friends came and it was a beautiful little wedding. I have the best pictures of our wedding on that charming ship and look forward to going back to re-visit it in the near future.

    My favorite job was working for about a year at a bridal shop and assisting the wedding consultant do planning, and reservations for her bridal clients. Once while going to college, I got a 2nd job working evenings as an appointment setter for a Solar Therm Company in which I hated cold calling and the company was new and turned out to be a scam of some sorts because none of us got paid for the 10 weeks we worked there.

    When you have worked jobs you really dislike, and really want to do better, it becomes a pleasure and priviledge to be able to go back to school to get trained in something that you like a lot and a profession that you will make a difference in the world, and in your own life, ya know? :kiss
  5. by   USA987
    Originally posted by John Coxey
    Best Job(s):
    - Instructor - North American Van Lines - Teaching folks how to drive 18 wheelers in New York City.

    ...maybe it's just me...but I think this would be very "interesting" to see!!!!!
  6. by   teeituptom
    Hi ya'll

    worst job was painting barns

    best job ever was managing a topless dancing establisment before I was married
  7. by   nimbex
    Best job, being a housewife

    worst, being a housewife
  8. by   MandyInMS
    Best : Vet assistant for my Dad in HS.I love animals.Got to help him with everything from surgery, cleaning the kennels,baths,clips, and dips...yeah he worked the crap outta me but was still fun
    Worst : Deli making sandwiches(had to wear that stupid hair net,ewww)...Factory work making button holes for scrub pants..Donut Shop....bleh, don't miss those
  9. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by teeituptom
    Hi ya'll
    best job ever was managing a topless dancing establisment before I was married
    I bet! And you left this for nursing why?!? :chuckle
  10. by   krisRN2B
    Best job: Bartending through first 2 yrs of college
    Worst job: Bagger at the supermarket.......BOOORRRIIINNNGG
  11. by   P_RN
    Worst: Food service junior and senior years in my high school cafeteria just so I could get free lunch. A girl hadda eat.

    Worst redux: Working at an auto repair shop for $1/hour and being harrassed by grease monkeys. Ewwwww. Hey it was 1963 who knew.

    Best: The 7 years I worked for a small town family doctor. Those were the best years of my career. He convinced me to return to college and finish nursing. I should never have left there. He was wonderful.
  12. by   zudy
    Best job: Working as an EMT for a local ambulance service while in college. Most of the EMT's were students. We worked out of the hospital( 25 beds) and worked in the ED. We had so much fun! Don't ever tell me nothing happens in a small town!
    Worse job: Waitress at a pancake house. Smelled like syrup all the time.
  13. by   Furball
    Originally posted by Donny H
    Best Job,I'm still there Diesal Mechanic for a Kenworth Dealership.Very good pay and benefits.Worst Job a small truck shop at mininum wage.I was desperate,had a wife and a newborn baby and no unemployment.Had to do welfare for a few months,which was great for the mom and baby,but not for the husband that should have been working.:stone
    Heeeey...don't feel bad...that's what it's there for! Temporary assist during a rough patch. It wasn't meant to be used for a life time. You used it the way it was meant.