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 worked in IT for about 25 years, and at the end, during the tech crash, I got tired of the layoffs and the coworkers and bosses freaking out all the time about the layoffs.
Now I have been a nurse for a year, but still have culture shock. I am still amazed at how poorly nurses treat each other. On my unit, everybody goes and tattles to our manager on various stupid things, who then drags us in and yells at us, without a shred of proof. My coworkers tend to find the one thing not done perfectly during a crazy day and let you know about it, or let their corworkers know about it, or let "Mom" know about it. And I'm not talking about patient safety. I'm talking about really dumb things.
So, frankly, I'm not sure that I'm glad I did this. However, on the bright side, there are always jobs out there.