if you had a chance to do it all over again - page 2

I was in live discussion and had an interesting convo with some in which suggested ideas of what they would do if they had a chance to start over again. What would be your choices? Possibly other... Read More

  1. by   mario_ragucci
    I'm not a nurse yet, as some are quick to point out, but I will be in 2004. Mario didn't decide to answer the calling until he reached 36 (a perfect square)(6^2).
    Since were talking about "do overs" I thought i'd chime in with mine.
    I would NOT have enlisted in the Marines out of high school. I should have stayed put in NYC, married a nice Italian woman and claimed my place in the community (on the block). Instead, I wandered the US, in search of a place, and now I know my place. I would have liked to have gotten a 20-30 year "retirement-type" job out of high school, had several children, and then become a nurse in my 40's as part II to life.
    I don't know :-0
  2. by   Teshiee
    If I could do it all again. I would have became a neonatologist. Yet I truly don't regret being a nurse. We choose our paths and I am content with being a RN. There is so much to do in this field. You can't really become bored. I met some great people on the way my dear buddy just passed her Licensed Psych Tech boards and she is already to go for her RN.
  3. by   mattcastens
    It's a frequent question these days it seems, "If you had it to do all over again..."

    I would still be a nurse. I think one reason I feel that way is because I have done it over again. When I left college I was an actor (professionally) for a few years -- and a pretty good one, too.

    I was getting bored, though. Having always been interested in biology and medicine, and having a mother who has been a critical care nurse for thirty-one years, I fell into nursing and have loved it ever since.

    I don't regret my time acting one bit, although I do wonder where I would be in my career if I had studied nursing in school the first time around. I'm just glad I found my calling sooner rather than later.
  4. by   micro
    oh, my .......do overs.........well can't so..........

    actually, without the concept of true time travel.......is no way to do over..............

    entered nursing when I was 27, so this is my second at least career choice.....not 27 anymore.....and that is k;-)just starting to truly love it now.....know this is where I belong.....maybe a do over even though impossible....become a nurse earlier..........
    but I like what I did before.....working with people with mental retardation..........

    ideal dream be a rock star, join the peace corps........fall in love with _________! and be extreme...........

    but truly life is all right.....and I know where I am and who I am.......

    the journey stays, the path is just different......but you gotta enjoy it.....................

    some say love it is a river........................

    and with that micro signs off,
  5. by   GPatty
    I would still want to be a nurse and the only change I would have made is I would have went into nursing school earlier than I did.
    Now, in my personal life......why, that's quite another story! MAny changes would have been made!
    Except for a couple of times when I wish I would have been paying attention and/or applied my vehicle's brakes a little sooner, there isn't a thing I would change

  7. by   Hardknox
    I wanted to be a nurse right out of high school but my Dad discouraged me and steered me into teaching, which I loved---taught first, second and third grades. However, back then there was no such thing as maternity leave. When I waas ready to go back after staying home with my kids there were no jobs. So at 40 I became an RN. And I only regret it on those very BAD days when I can barely drag my body home!
  8. by   eldernurse
    Nursing is the hardest, most life consuming, horrible, wonderful, fulfilling, draining, dirty, difficult, emotional, rewarding thing I have ever done.
  9. by   lisadavis
    i find it very interesting how many of us "got into" nursing later (not right out of high school). many of us also have had a very hard time i our struggles to be and stay nurses. why are we so hard on each other and new nurses?
  10. by   RN-PA
    Nursing is the hardest, most life consuming, horrible, wonderful, fulfilling, draining, dirty, difficult, emotional, rewarding thing I have ever done.
    Eldernurse expresses my feelings about my nursing career perfectly!
  11. by   micro
    but since I am in my second lifetime at least (that I remember).....don't know what lifetime #3 or#4 will bring........

    if not nursing, then maybe teaching.........but that would make micro very studenty again.....and that is good..........

    if total change in career......then travel agent+++++++working again with people that don't have it as easy as I do.........

    then travel and r&r for my pleasure and time away to chill and recharge.............

    c or s???????

    hey all, just micro
  12. by   Marj Griggs
    Like lisadavis, i didn't choose it, it chose me! My mom was a nurse, and I NEVER wanted to be a nurse. That is, until my college roomate (nursing major) enciouraged me to look into it. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do. Have done.
  13. by   st4304
    Deep, deep down I wish I was a carpenter. I would just love to create and make beautiful wood furniture. AND take my time to make my creation, too. Sanding, staining, varnishing. No one demanding this and that from me. No short staffing. No unwanted overtime. No arrogant, condescending doctors. Maybe after I get a couple of kids through college, I can pursue this dream. But for now, gotta pay the bills...

    BUT WAIT A MINUTE, I just got this thought in my head . . . a AAA fresh from surgery...intubated, several lines of IV tubing to untangle with gtts to titrate, chest tubes, stat orders that need done NOW, . . .patient's starting to get a little hypotensive . . . starting to get unstable. . .THIS PATIENT NEEDS ME AND NEEDS ME NOW!!! The adrenalin is starting to flow. . .MAN OH MAN, I love nursing!! Okay, okay. I love nursing. Have always done it. Will always do it. I admit that I am a code junkie. I love my patients (well, most of them anyway.) I know that if I wasn't a nurse anymore, there would be someone else that would be giving my patients excellent nursing care, but I would really miss it. I am not a Polly Anna about nursing, but for all the bad that goes with it, there are always those moments that make it truly the best profession on the face of the Earth. Am I right?

    Besides, there's not much of a "rush" with carpentry, huh? Oh, well. Maybe, I could be a carpenter on my days off, ya think?