I only have two semesters left, but am feeling like I am not happy at all with my career choice. Everyone keeps saying, "You're so close, look how far you've come", but the truth is, I don't know if I want to be a nurse now. Can you experienced nurses give me some advice? I can't tell you exactly what it is, I have just started doubting that I would be happy in this field, or any medical field. I'm trying to figure out what other career I could go into where all of my pre-reqs would transfer. Any suggestions?
Apr 28, '04
Another point to consider is that even if you decide in the long run that nursing is not right for you ... with a nursing degree, you'll be able to get a decent job and earn a decent paycheck while you go back to school for something else. If you drop out now, you'll be faced with having to start over in another field with a limited ability to earn money to support yourself.
I've known several people (including myself, sometimes) who have had similar doubts who have handled the situation by getting a second degree or graduate degree in another field and then combining that other field with their nursing knowledge to work in the health care field, but not as a bedside nurse.
For example, they may get a degree in Health Services Administration, or an MBA, and work as an administrator. They may get a computer science degree and work for a company designing healthcare software ... or training staff members how to use that software. Several people in my graduating class went to law school and specialized in health care law. All while supporting themselve through school as a nurse.
There are loads of possibilities. And who knows, like a lot of us, you might find that it is nursing SCHOOL that you don't like, not nursing itself. A lot of us who hated school find the real world of nursing to be much less stressful.
Me, I always thought I would get a graduate degree in another field. But when I worked as a staff nurse right out of school, I discovered that I really liked my job. So, I got my graduate degrees in nursing and now to staff development and a little administration. While I sometimes wonder, "What if..." I had followed another path, I don't really regret my decision to stay in nursing.
Last edit by llg on Apr 28, '04