Best/Worst Jobs Before Nursing? - page 3

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   SirJohnny
    Originally posted 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!!!!!
    ...maybe it's just me...but I think this would be very "interesting" to see!!!!!


    I actually had alot of fun with this....

    - First, the student's already had their state issued (at the time) truck-driver's license and had already been to a formal truck driving school (8-10 weeks).

    - My job was to show them how to handle an 18-wheeler in the real-world environment.

    - In Manhattan, unless you are making a delivery (never do with an 18-wheeler 53-foot trailer), you do not get off the interstate.

    - On Long Island, the roads are well marked for semi's. So other that the heavy traffic, and tolls ($20 to cross George Wash bridge and another $13 (each way) to cross into Long Island, it's not too bad. This was back in 1988-1989.

    - The best part of the job was running in "team mode" with students that I felt comfortable with. I would get paid for all the miles the truck ran, so would sleep while student drove and vice versa. The student's were paid a flat rate of $200 a week. Normally would run from NYC to LA 3 times a month.

    - The idea behind the real-world experience, was to reduce the accident rate for new drivers. The experience allowed the students to get acclimated to their new environment, and to get familiar with managing their time, handling situations with the truck, and doing it all in a safe manner. Seemed to work.


    - I left in Jan 1990 to start college (computer's & mathematics).


    - Am tired of computers and am looking forward to starting nursing school. Start actual clinicals next year (June 2004), and can't wait.

    John Coxey
    Last edit by SirJohnny on May 22, '03
  2. by   CseMgr1
    Best Job: Babysitting for my neighbors.
    Worst Job: Working at K-Mart=(
  3. by   JULZ
    I have to ditto the housewife. These were the best and sometimes worse times of my life. I wouldn't trade the time I got to spend with my kids but it is the most degrading job there is. Everyone (but my own mother) says "Are you working now or still staying home with your kids" HELLOOOOOOOO!! I feel like opening their mouth and inserting my own foot!!
  4. by   sanakruz
    This is a great thread!
    Worst: Working in the mill of a lead mine. At noon I asked for a pair of gloves, as I had to shovel sodium cyanide into huge vats of rock and water. They laughed at me. I had to buy a pair of steel toed boots that were 2 sizes too big because in those days wimmin didn't need boots to do a man's job....

    Best: Sewing for a master sailmaker in Boston. The experience I got working there allowed me to construct a lodge out of canvas a few years later.
  5. by   KevinN
    Best: As a teenager working at a pet shop for 4 years before the company went out of business.

    Worst: Working for a wildlife park after it was flooded 2 years in a row and cleaning up and disposing of the dead, decaying, bloated animals ( larger animals had to be hacked up with an axe into smaller pieces). The worst part was the smell of death. Very nauseating. In addition everyone including myself on "carcuss cleanup" got some sort of disgusting , painful rash on our feet and legs from something in the water which we all had to tread through for several weeks.
    Last edit by KevinN on May 22, '03
  6. by   nakitamoon
    Best~,,,, tending bar,,,, two years, in a town,, where I knew everyone,,,, the place rocked,,, I made excellent tips,,,,,

    Worst~ the two weeks,, I tried to work in the pottery,,,, stamping and waxing,,,, somehting after something,,,, the$$$$$$ was excellent,,,, but ,,,,, well I worked nine days,,,,,,,,
  7. by   nurse2002
    Best jobs: Bartending and working in a greenhouse. The greenhouse pay was horrible but the job was fun.

    Worst job: Working for Wendy's. That was my first job. It was awful!

    So So job: Driving that little truck for NAPA. I had my Uncle take the hat off the top before I would drive the thing.
  8. by   EmeraldNYL
    Worst job: my first, a hostess at a Greek diner. All the greasy nasty guys in the kitchen proposed marriage to me
    Best: a nanny for 3 kids ages 4-9... they were usually well behaved, I got paid pretty well, and it was easy!
  9. by   FutureRNMichael
    BEST: Current job...Which is, working as a Caregiver at Assisted living LTC facility. Mostly nice co workers,really nice residents and nice nurses/managers.

    WORST: Doing light Janitor work at a Strip club. :imbar Puke all over the bathroom,feces on the walls... Hey, I did find some good cash left behind the night before though. Once found a $100 bill!!
  10. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by FutureRNMichael

    WORST: Doing light Janitor work at a Strip club. :imbar Puke all over the bathroom,feces on the walls...
  11. by   Disablednurse
    Best and only job before nursing was working in department store, got respect, good hours, able to do lots of fun things(making easter baskets, baby layettes, etc from scratch). Started nursing at 18 so never did anything else.
  12. by   NurseRachy
    Best job: Doing the makeup for makeovers in The Body Shop (#1) on Oxford Street in London with the guy who does it professionally for Madam Tussaud 's

    Worst Job: Working in a Turkish cafe in London as a waitress and the girls consistently gossiping about me behind my back in Turkish and thinking that I wouldn't understand - hahahh my father is Turkish and I knew every word that passed their lips. I am very fair (pale) and everyone thinks I am either Sweedish, Dutch or Norweign. I reminded me of a good lesson that my mum taught me - you never know who knows who, or what they themselves know, so DON'T gossip. (in the public arena anyway).

    I too was constantly getting proposed marriage to, but i thought it was sweet because at least the guys in the kitchen were nice! Geez, times must have been bad
  13. by   paula77720
    Best job : worked on a cruise ship and a yacht for 4 years. We travelled around Asia, Europe, Carribean. It was full of fun-filled memories and i wouldn't trade that for any experience in the world. The best part is, you travel for free and get paid doing it. I met so many people from various culture in my whole life and make friends along the way.

    Worst job: When i first came over to the States, i worked as a live-in babysitter for 3 months. The kids drove me nuts and i quit after 3 months beforel losing my mind