Quote from TheCommuter
I've observed this phenomenon. Plenty of software engineers, IT workers, computer scientists, and others who enjoyed prosperity during the "dot.com" boom of the late 1990s and very early 2000s are now finding fewer opportunities in their career field, so many feel the need to immerse themselves in a second career.
I'm not surprised to hear that you've seen career changers from IT coming into nursing. I am one. But I've seen truck drivers, firefighters, police officers, and lots of health related folks come to nursing as well. My favorite career changer was an LPN that used to manage restaurants. One of my favoritest nursing school cohorts was a former mortgage officer. Overall, I think that people from all career paths are realizing that nursing allows you to use what you know as part of your personal evolution. Many careers want you to shed all that you know in order to start over. Not nursing. We swamp you with so much that you just sort of forget your past life.
I'm getting the impression that the IT types that transition to nursing do it not for the money, but rather, more for the satisfaction that was lacking in their careers. I know that was my number one reason, followed fairly closely by a desire for more stability.
I think its really a good thing for the profession to have some life experience coming in from career changers. As a former tax guy, I have actually explained lab values in terms of the Alternative Minimum Tax to an accountant. It's nice to have a broader context.