Corporate America vs. Nursing- culture shock! Any others out there? - page 3

:behindpc: Hi all, I was just reading some more posts and noticed that there are a lot of 2nd career nurses out there. Was wondering if you could share some motivational stories or experiences with... Read More

  1. by   Sheri257
    Quote from anne74
    I also got paid a lot more!

    At one time, I supposedly made great money in the corporate world also. But, is it really great money when you include all of the months of lost income after layoffs?

    I don't know about you but, for me, the layoffs pretty wiped out any salary gains I had made in the corporate world, and then some.

    And when I counted all of the uncompensated overtime ... then that "great money" often was reduced to minimum wage.

    At least with nursing you get paid extra for overtime.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Sep 23, '06
  2. by   bcskittlez
    Hi i'm a Business systems analyst switching to a nursing career. This is the thread I have been looking for. I guess I didn't know how to work it. I have a question to add. Why does everyone feel there is job security when there is backbiting and your license is always on the line.
  3. by   control
    It is definitely a cutlure shock (went from the hospital to an office environment), but I enjoy the hour for lunch. I think in my case there were definitely more benefits to the change. It all depends on the person. I do miss patient care, though. Sometimes.
  4. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from lizz
    And, I definitely don't miss the prospect of my job being exported to India or my job taken by some 20 year old kid who will work for peanuts.

    Yep! Job Security is one of the top 5 reasons I chose nursing. Can't outsource patient care!
  5. by   Elisheva
    I started in nursing, left and got a job as an executive secretary in the corporate world and am contemplating a return to nursing.

    Corporate World has a lot of advantages. My clothes stayed clean, I got leisurely lunches, and more "perks" than nursing ever offered. I had a huge, private office, could take private calls and surf on the net to some extent. If the stress in nursing was a 10, corporate world hardly ever exceeded 5 (remember, I did corporate AFTER nursing). And, my pay was competitive with nursing pay.

    So, why am I planning a return to nursing? Because I miss the patients and because I suspect I am a masochist. I was often bored in CW. I'm hoping I can find a job in nursing with a stress level of 5-6. If not, I'm going to beauty school.
  6. by   floridaRNtoo
    Quote from socishan
    :behindpc: Hi all, I was just reading some more posts and noticed that there are a lot of 2nd career nurses out there. Was wondering if you could share some motivational stories or experiences with me? I am also entering nursing from corporate America and am going through a bit of a culture shock with clinicals and starting nursing school and working as a CNA where I don't have time to go to the bathroom, eat lunch, or barely sneeze! How did you all do it? Are you glad you made the switch? Did you like your desk jobs better or do you like nursing better? Did you experience "culture shock" too? It's a totally different world. I really love taking care of the patients, but WOW is it hard work!

    Thanks for all the support!
    I went to LPN school and worked as a CNA starting a second career in my 40s. School was like being in military boot camp. Very scary:uhoh21: Hang in there. You will get through it. If your program is tough, you will be scads ahead when you start your first employement as a licensed nurse. Organize your time by priorities. Time management will come with experience. I am very glad I made the switch and went on for my RN. When a patient says I'm glad you are my nurse, it makes my day. My goal was to get out of middle management and be a bedside staff nurse, and I love it.
  7. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Skittlez
    Why does everyone feel there is job security when there is backbiting and your license is always on the line.
    Because if there's too much backbiting at one job, there's a dozen other jobs you can take tomorrow if you want to.

    As far as your license always on the line, that's true. But, the main reason nurse's lose their licenses, actually, is drugs: either using them, stealing them or both. As long as you're not a drug addict and you're not completely negligent in your practice ... the chances of losing your license is pretty low.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Sep 23, '06
  8. by   augigi
    RE job security- as long as you are a safe practitioner, and have some common sense, you can't screw up too badly. If you work with someone toxic who makes life hard, you can leave as there are a thousand other hospitals that need you.

    In addition, you can work in hospitals, clinics, schools, corporations, etc etc etc. Really the job you apply your nursing skills to is only limited by your imagination and persistence.
  9. by   bcskittlez
    Thanks for answering lizz...
  10. by   socishan
    Thanks everyone for your replies so far. You bring up a lot of good points. And just because something's different doesn't necessarily mean it's bad, right!? It just takes some getting used to. :wink2:
  11. by   tiggertoo
    I would go back to my corporate IT job in a heart beat. I had 18 years of software experience before I took a layoff. Now, after shelling out 45k for a nursing degree I worked at one hospital for 3 months before they asked me to leave! They couldn't actually articulate a reason I did not fit in. All they could muster was that they had a "feeling about me". So here I sit almost a year out of nursing school, with 3 months actually nursing experience. I am hear to tell you that no one, no one hire new grads between June and January. So I will likely loose my house, my pets and what was left of my dignity to the back stabbing culture of floor nursing. Sorry, I don't see it getting better, and I was at a Magnet Hospital.
  12. by   tiggertoo
    I'd like to know where these 80K jobs are?
  13. by   Sheri257
    Quote from tiggertoo
    I'd like to know where these 80K jobs are?
    I'm a little surprized by your question. Since you live in Sunnyvale, there should be plenty of them. Sunnyvale, and the Bay Area in general, is the highest paying area of the state and, probably, the nation.

    Just as an example, these are some of the pay rates which were posted in the California forum of this board recently for the Santa Clara County hospital in your area that will take effect in November:

    Clinical Nurse I's earn $82,729.92 - $98,074.08 annually
    Clinical Nurse II's earn $79,532.96 - $103,954.24 annually
    Clinical Nurse III's earn $87,709.44 - $126,366.24 annually

    As far as some hospitals not hiring new grads at certain times, that can be true since new grads need a lot of orientation. For some hospitals ... once they get a group of new grads together they don't always want to take someone after the fact since they usually train them as a group.

    But, at least in my area of Southern California ... that's not always the case. Kaiser, for example, only takes new grads at certain times of the year. But we've had a situation recently where a bunch of new grads from my school recently quit one hospital after three months orientation because another hospital closer to home just raised their pay substantially.

    These new grads didn't have any trouble jumping ship to the other facility, and I'm sure the fact that they already had three months of training didn't hurt either. So, it probably depends on the hospital's policy and, of course, how short staffed they are.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Sep 24, '06