Please Give ME any Good Reason to Stay in the Nursing Field

  1. Background: 28. Creative but business minded girl. Family hx of Nursing.

    LPN (familial pressure) worked a little, started a BSN program, took a break after 1ST semester. In the meantime I got a Bachelor's in Business and dabbled in fashion, art, and music.

    Now: auditing the 1st semester of BSN again, feeling overwhelmed & I'm not even doing much. I'd only have about 18 months to finish but the idea of nursing is making me nervous, scared, and feeling like I'm wasting more time. Like it's little reward & high cost.

    Note: SUPER caring persone & taking my life decisions out on others is not my thing anyway. I love helping people. So I don't need that lecture.

    I love the security of nursing and I'm actually glad I toughed out the LPN program because it makes ok money but I hardly work in it & I DESPISE the set up of the medical field where nurses are often overworked and underpaid. That is not what I want in my life and I do not like LTC.

    My goal is to make 6 figures and not feel like I am a slave to a system to do so. I love to create and I want to own businesses.

    Am I just wasting more of my life to get into heavy debt to have to work hard to pay it off? (I am in a lot of debt already and my nursing school is super expensive)

    Is it worth it to finish out my nursing program just to get another bachelors to become a RN (No six figures + Hard work) or should I quit go for my MBA (No definite path/would not major in healthcare admin).
    Last edit by ToNurseOrNot on Sep 17
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  3. by   not.done.yet
    "My goal is to make 6 figures and not feel like I am a slave to a system to do so. I love to create and I want to own businesses."

    If you want to make six figures without "being a slave to a system" (what does that even mean?), I hope you will come back here and tell us how you do it.

    Best of luck. If you don't want to be a nurse, don't be a nurse. It really is that simple. I hope you find what you are looking for.
  4. by   cleback
    I know a few people who have their own businesses and work part time in nursing for the benefits. However, their businesses are personal passions and not done to make 6 figures.

    Your mind sounds made up. Don't do nursing. You already have an lpn to fall back on for income while you figure the rest of it out.
  5. by   johsonmichelle
    You are young, you can venture into something else and if you don't like it , you can come back into the nursing field. I recommend you finish your bsn, owining a business is not easy. You can still do nursing on the side to supplement your income.
  6. by   LibraSunCNM
    You have a lot of lofty ambitions that sound pretty unrealistic, IMO, but the bottom line is that you don't really want to work as a nurse. So no, I would not finish the nursing program, that is a waste of time and money. I hope that you find success and fulfillment in whatever else you choose.
  7. by   umbdude
    Quote from ToNurseOrNot
    Background: 28. Creative but business minded girl. Family hx of Nursing.

    LPN (familial pressure) worked a little, started a BSN program, took a break after 1ST semester. In the meantime I got a Bachelor's in Business and dabbled in fashion, art, and music.

    Now: auditing the 1st semester of BSN again, feeling overwhelmed & I'm not even doing much. I'd only have about 18 months to finish but the idea of nursing is making me nervous, scared, and feeling like I'm wasting more time. Like it's little reward & high cost.

    Note: SUPER caring persone & taking my life decisions out on others is not my thing anyway. I love helping people. So I don't need that lecture.

    I love the security of nursing and I'm actually glad I toughed out the LPN program because it makes ok money but I hardly work in it & I DESPISE the set up of the medical field where nurses are often overworked and underpaid. That is not what I want in my life and I do not like LTC.

    My goal is to make 6 figures and not feel like I am a slave to a system to do so. I love to create and I want to own businesses.

    Am I just wasting more of my life to get into heavy debt to have to work hard to pay it off? (I am in a lot of debt already and my nursing school is super expensive)

    Is it worth it to finish out my nursing program just to get another bachelors to become a RN (No six figures + Hard work) or should I quit go for my MBA (No definite path/would not major in healthcare admin).
    The #1 thing I want to warn you: DO NOT get anymore degrees (i.e. MBA), yet. MBA alone *will not* land you a job. Only get your MBA after you have at least 2-4 years of progressive work experience. No reputable MBA program will accept people without that, and name matters for MBA. If you go to a non-top 50 MBA, your return on investment will likely be negative.

    Having said that, if you have a business degree already and you like creative/art, check out the marketing/advertising industry. A close friend of mine works in that field, and people tend to be business grads who are creative and "artsy." If you are hard working and successful in your job, it will take a few years to reach 6 figures. But quality of life is great.
  8. by   ToNurseOrNot
    It's not that simple only because it's a huge decision in my life. I can lose a lot by pulling out AGAIN on a nursing program I'm already accepted into but then again I could just be wasting time and money if I stay for little return. I'm really looking for a good reason to stay, I'm hoping wishing and praying for a good return on this investment.
    Someone I know outside of nursing makes 6 figures and basically implied that what I do as a LPN and what my father does as a RN is comparable to a rat race where you're not making a lot and told me I could be making more. I actually felt bad and offended. But the more I think about it, it has me wondering if it's true. I argued that I could be a DNP but they pointed out the additional schooling and money to be spent when I could still work on making more that through business ventures.
    Like I said, I am REALLY loving and caring and would go above and beyond in anything I do but if my goal is to make a great amount and not feel overworked is nursing a good route...
  9. by   ToNurseOrNot
    Thank you I really appreciate that response, great things to know & look into!
  10. by   cleback
    Quote from ToNurseOrNot
    It's not that simple only because it's a huge decision in my life. I can lose a lot by pulling out AGAIN on a nursing program I'm already accepted into but then again I could just be wasting time and money if I stay for little return. I'm really looking for a good reason to stay, I'm hoping wishing and praying for a good return on this investment.
    Someone I know outside of nursing makes 6 figures and basically implied that what I do as a LPN and what my father does as a RN is comparable to a rat race where you're not making a lot and told me I could be making more. I actually felt bad and offended. But the more I think about it, it has me wondering if it's true. I argued that I could be a DNP but they pointed out the additional schooling and money to be spent when I could still work on making more that through business ventures.
    Like I said, I am REALLY loving and caring and would go above and beyond in anything I do but if my goal is to make a great amount and not feel overworked is nursing a good route...
    I think you're making it more complicated than it has to be. You already know you don't like working in the medical field and the income range you want... and that you don't need to be a nurse to be caring and compassionate. So no, don't be a nurse. We, Internet strangers, can't provide you with motivation to do something you don't want to do.
  11. by   jaderook01
    Quote from ToNurseOrNot
    Background: 28. Creative but business minded girl. Family hx of Nursing.

    LPN (familial pressure) worked a little, started a BSN program, took a break after 1ST semester. In the meantime I got a Bachelor's in Business and dabbled in fashion, art, and music.

    Now: auditing the 1st semester of BSN again, feeling overwhelmed & I'm not even doing much. I'd only have about 18 months to finish but the idea of nursing is making me nervous, scared, and feeling like I'm wasting more time. Like it's little reward & high cost.

    Note: SUPER caring persone & taking my life decisions out on others is not my thing anyway. I love helping people. So I don't need that lecture.

    I love the security of nursing and I'm actually glad I toughed out the LPN program because it makes ok money but I hardly work in it & I DESPISE the set up of the medical field where nurses are often overworked and underpaid. That is not what I want in my life and I do not like LTC.

    My goal is to make 6 figures and not feel like I am a slave to a system to do so. I love to create and I want to own businesses.

    Am I just wasting more of my life to get into heavy debt to have to work hard to pay it off? (I am in a lot of debt already and my nursing school is super expensive)

    Is it worth it to finish out my nursing program just to get another bachelors to become a RN (No six figures + Hard work) or should I quit go for my MBA (No definite path/would not major in healthcare admin).
    It's perfectly fine to admit that you don't want to be a nurse and to go pursue what you'd rather be doing. You're never stuck doing any one thing in life. I taught for many years before deciding to become a nurse. I may yet do something else if I ever feel the desire to pursue something else. Don't let familial expectations weigh you down.
  12. by   Neats
    Since your goal is to make monies I would suggest the MBA route and attempt to get some really great internships even if they do not pay, for once your done with school the connections you will have received through your internships will eventually pay off in the long run for those six figure salaries.

    In interest, you can make six figures in nursing and management or other nursing fields like Information Technology but you need to pay your dues and have additional education. Stick with the MBA.
    Last edit by Neats on Sep 17 : Reason: Spelling
  13. by   ICUman
    You can easily make 6 figures after achieving a BSN, and some of those opportunities are not even direct patient care at the bedside. There are nursing jobs out there that are very lucrative but the majority of them do require being a RN and BSN.
  14. by   ToNurseOrNot
    Quote from cleback
    I think you're making it more complicated than it has to be. You already know you don't like working in the medical field and the income range you want... and that you don't need to be a nurse to be caring and compassionate. So no, don't be a nurse. We, Internet strangers, can't provide you with motivation to do something you don't want to do.
    But you can provide insight. Never said I didn't like it. I love certain aspects of it but the overall system does not seem to put nurses in the best position for what they do. but you're right if I'm going in expecting a certain amount, if that's not here then that is helpful to know.

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