Best/Worst Jobs Before Nursing? - page 4

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   healingtouchRN
    best job: Wendy's (ate all the time....still a problem:roll )
    worst job: magazine sales...I am sooooo not a sales person. Unless it's cookware or candles or fun stuff but not for income just for fun ( I like all the freebies!)
  2. by   Angella Walker
    Worst job: Baker's Shoes, Target, Pick N Save, insurance intemediary
    Best Job: MA, hotel restaurant hostess, student tutor, wife/mother
  3. by   hobbes
    Best Job: As a teenager my best friend and I worked at a local drive in movie theater as "ushers". All we had to do was: collect money from drive-ups when the cashier closed, walk around with flashlights and catch kids trying to sneak in through the woods, and provide battery jumps after the movie. Free popcorn and soda, and most of the time was spent watching movies.

    Worst Job: Counter attendant at a Target snack bar while in high-school. Quit after a couple of weeks.
  4. by   Lilycat
    worst job - fried french fries at burger King for 8 hours in a very short uniform, then was told "the new kids clean the bathrooms".Returned the uniform and didn't go back.
    best job - my present one on a trauma unit.
  5. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by jadednurse

    Worst job was my first job ever, working at Dunkin' Donuts. I still have trouble eating those!
    When I lived in Chicago, I LIVED at the DD on Halstead!
  6. by   BBFRN
    Worst job ever- selling Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door for comission. Quit after 2 days.
    Best job- managed a record store. Free backstage passes and music all the time.
  7. by   Murt
    My last job before i started studying was in an abbatoir, intesting section, no kidding.
    I was in charge of turning the cows intestines in side out so that they could be cleaned, i havnt eaten a sausage since
    Never had a ood job before the nursing took over.
  8. by   unbridled
    Best: Working in Yellowstone National Park taking reservation calls (from all over the world) for park lodging. I had 3 days off a week and I was never in my room! I would still be working there if they didn't pay minimum wage.

    I also had a summer job (when I was in college) as a 5th & 6th grade girls' counselor at a parks and wildlife camp. All I had to do was watch them at night and make sure they got to their classes during the day. After I got them to their classes, I was free to go hang out at the boat dock or the swim float and work on my tan (this was over 20 years ago before we knew what damage we were doing to our skin).

    Worst: answered customer service calls for a large HMO that notoriously took 8 or 9 months to process or adjust a claim. It wasn't pretty.
  9. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by lgflamini
    Worst job ever- selling Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door for comission. Quit after 2 days.
    Hee hee! Did you have to throw dirt on the housewife's floor when she answered the door so you could demonstrate how good the vacuum was?
  10. by   MomNRN
    Best - Working in a trauma unit - we had the best time. Stressful, but great fun working with great people!

    Worst - The summer I detassled corn! I despised that job, but got paid well for a 13-year-old kid!
  11. by   dachweiler
    Great topic!!

    Best job before nursing: Managed a movie theater/drive-in

    Worst job: Had a summer job feeding and sexing exotic African dung beetles
  12. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by dachweiler
    Great topic!!

    Worst job: Had a summer job feeding and sexing exotic African dung beetles
    OK, you most definitely win the prize so far!!!

  13. by   ScarlettRN
    Best Job: I worked as a bar cashier on the General Jackson showboat at Opryland in Nashville.
    Worst Job: Nursing home tech in the summer between jr and sr year of nursing school. It was pitiful, 20 or more patients on the hall and only one tech to feed them and get them up, clean them etc. I lasted 2 days and went home crying the second day.