I was a ______ prior to being a nurse/student nurse - page 6

I have seen TONS of people who have said "nursing is my second, third or fourth career." As I have become more and more curious I was wanting to start a thread to see what areas and walks of life all... Read More

  1. by   Lainie B
    Would you believe...a TAX COLLECTOR?

    I had a nice office job... but volunteering with the local EMS gave me the desire to do something that made a difference (and be compensated for it)

    New Grad 8/07 - getting that first year's experience behind me:spin:
  2. by   nurz2be
    Thank you to all for posting and for those who are still posting. This is a fun thread that I have been thinking about for awhile. I really enjoy seeing others like me, who chose later in life to be a nurse. I am actually quite surprised at the number of those who went straight from high school or shortly there after to nursing.

    Keep those posts coming...I have yet to see a prior lawyer or police officer. I am SURE there is one out there.
  3. by   Medic2RN
    After getting a B.A. in psychology in college I was:

    ~A flight attendant for several years and served in the USNR in intelligence
    ~Changed jobs to work in public safety as a police officer, structural and aircraft rescue firefighter and licensed paramedic

    And now a registered nurse..... I'm currently researching a future career as a PA or NP.
    I'm also wondering if I'll ever figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

    Hopefully, I'll know before I retire!!!!
  4. by   Medic2RN
    LOL nurz2be! I just read your post above.
    I guess I'm the first to admit a prior career in law enforcement.
  5. by   nurz2be
    Quote from Medic2RN
    LOL nurz2be! I just read your post above.
    I guess I'm the first to admit a prior career in law enforcement.

    I wonder why exactly that is.....LOL
  6. by   jmking
    Let's see...
    clerk at an arts and crafts store
    made eyeglasses
    apprentice optican
    eyewear specialist
    Now in RN school
  7. by   AllieSparksRN
    a professional college student for years...ha ha....i worked at a sporting goods store...nanny...also worked at a gym/day spa...
  8. by   Seven, RN2b
    Clerk at local Community Center (handed out locker room keys for hockey teams, swimmers, etc)...*High School

    Customer Service Rep @ Freight Company (*high school co-op job...lasted 5 years)

    Clerk at Worker's Comp insurance company

    Data Entry Clerk, Sales Rep, Service Rep, Service Supervisor, Service Manager @ Fortune 100 company for 16+ years

    Completed pre-reqs and started Nursing School last Month...YAY!
    Last edit by Seven, RN2b on Nov 28, '07
  9. by   CT Pixie
    I was and still am (while going to LPN school) a Health Claims Analyst (yup I am the one everyone hates at the insurance company) I do this from home so I am also a stay at home mom to my 5 yr old and 14 yr old daughters. I am at school when they are. I am home when they are too.

    In the past I have been:
    Pharmacy tech
    Medical secretary
    Receptionist at a LTC facility (but my job encompassed more than just answering the phones..I did everything from billing to medical records..)

    I have always worked in the Health Care Field in one way or another. I have known since I was a little girl that I would be a nurse..one day
  10. by   Lovely_RN
    I was a Teacher and then aCounselor before I went NS!
  11. by   GeauxNursing
    I was a bar/kitchen manager before I started dialysis tech-ing, which led me to nursing school!
  12. by   KatieM123
    I am a Business Manager for a grocery chain. I manage corporate brands (aka the store brand) across grocery non-foods (detergent, cleaner etc), pet, candy, nuts, cookies and OTC drugs. I have a BS in business as well as an MBA and I'm starting my pre-reqs this sping (A&P) and HOPEFULLY will start an ASN night/weekend program in the fall while I continue to hold my job.
  13. by   nurz2be
    I have a friend who is terrified to change careers, she is a kindergarten teacher. She has ALWAYS wanted to be a nurse and started out in college majoring in it but got a case of the nerves and switched to teaching. She is only 28 now and is seriously regretting not sticking with the nursing. She loves kids she just has an ache to do this nursing thing. So, I showed her this thread a few days ago. She called me crying and laughing saying she went and enrolled in a nursing program yesterday. YAAAAAAY....So

    THANK YOU to all of you who posted. You just got yourselves one more nursey for the workforce. Can I get a witness? LOL

    Thanks thanks thanks again..... I wuv ya'll