Teacher turned Nurse - page 3

Even cafeteria duty which used to be a punishment. Listening in on pre-pubescent conversations to get a hint of what the next generation is thinking. Standing in the corner looking bored so they... Read More

  1. by   ikoncz

    I am also a teacher who wishes to change carrier to nursing. I read the comments and all I want to say is that after 4 years of teaching my nerves could not take it any more. I was a tough person and I became a vegetable from all that stress. Dealing with the behavior problems and bad system (the No Child Left Behind ) made me a person with no values because I always had to be flexible and give students chances over chances so that everybody can be happy except me.
    Now I would like to consider nursing but I am afraid that I will be in the same situation as in teaching and I do not want to invest money and years in a carrier that will not give me the satisfaction I expect from a carrier. And what I expect is hard work for limited hours, good pay and respect. I do not want to come home and start working again like I did during teaching. I have kids and I would like to spend time with them while I am not too stressed out.
    I also would like to know what is the best way to become an RN. I was suggested to do a CNA training and start working and then start the nursing program. I checked and I need the prerequisite courses. If somebody could guide me it would be great. I still plan to do some more research but I need your view on this too.

    Thank you all.
  2. by   nursemarion
    Well some jobs in nursing are 50 or more hours a week. I often brought home work from my home health and hospice jobs, and did lots of work at home in my case management job. No weekends off, holidays or summer breaks either and the days are at a minimum 8.5 hours long- usually more. You have to compromise your values constantly because there is never enough time to do the job the way you were trained. Any job working with people is stressful- nursing and teaching both have this factor. Management in nursing does not support or pamper you like the principal does in the school. They prefer to write you up or look for what you have done wrong.

    On the plus side, there are many days and experiences that are rewarding. You help someone, and you get a great feeling from it. Part of why I stay in health care is that addictive feeling that you get from making a difference to someone. You also can have friendships and relationships at work that are closer than those that teachers seem to have. Teachers are more isolated. There are still many hoops to jump through, the same government rules and nonsense that regulate schools is in health care.

    I think trying a CNA course would give you a taste and minimize your risk, but realize that you will never have the security and stability in nursing that you have in teaching. And, you will still have massive stress, so know that going in. But in turn you will have some flexibility to move around, change fields, find your niche.
  3. by   summr
    I was not pampered by my principal, and I DID NOT have job security. Every June of my 5 years teaching I wasn't sure if I was coming back.
    On the other hand, I took a CNA class last summer to see if I wanted to work in health care, and the nurse that taught the class was always working on paperwork for her home health patients, 50 pages for a new intake!
    I simply will like the idea of being able to look for a job year-round and not have to start in August, and, yes, teachers are often isolated. I also like the idea of having a defined skill set. I was an art teacher and at my school the arts weren't as important because so much emphasis was placed on our students improving their test scores and art was not part of this preparation as much as math, science, and English.
  4. by   LJTulsa
    Teaching and nursing.... both difficult careers. Nurses will say being a teacher would be easier, and teachers say the same of nursing. I think there is a big misconception about teachers and the support they have whether it be from administration, parents, fellow co-workers, unions, etc. People tend to think that teachers are supported by all these people when they really aren't in many situations. In most situations, (like myself) they have unsupportive parents who are on your case all day and don't want to put any effort towards their child's education and lazy administration who watches you like a hawk an is just waiting for the moment when you goof up. There are however, many teachers who do have support from all those people and that is such a blessing.

    Im not leaving teaching because I think nursing will be easier or there will be more job security (heaven knows they have always said teachers will always be able to find a job and we know that isn't true right now (I was laid off after 2 years!)). I am interested in nursing because like summr said, you can begin anytime of year and also there are so many more things you can do with a nursing degree. I think we could argue about which is a more difficult career until we are all blue in the face. In the end, some people are more suited for nursing and some are more suited for teaching.We might just have to try both to figure it out!
  5. by   LadyinGreen
    I have a degree in PE teaching K-12 and am a substitute teacher for K-12 as well. Also I am an ICU nurse....nursing has SO many more opportunities and earning opportunities....with the same amount of appreciation/learning....granted they are difficult like the article says.........you don't have to "give up" teaching....one day a week of those little buggers will get you your fix!...trust me.
  6. by   LadyinGreen
    GO FOR IT!!!!! YOU HAVE A DEGREE...SO go to an accelerated nursing program....they are not as bad as people say they are...i hope you aren't easily intimidated. you will NEVER regret going into nursing...if you dont like an area/hospital you can switch in a heartbeat! When I substitute teach (having a degree in PE teaching) sometimes I just want to snap. Kidz are nasty little things these days with hardly any respect...period. Substitute on your days off in the grades you like...and go for the nursing. It is a nice balance to actually have days off and often times make your own schedule. Nursing has more job security FYI than teaching...the old ladies and gentlemen nurses are retiring soon!....get goin!
  7. by   biblepoet
    Quote from LeavingTeaching4RN
    I miss teaching as well, especially the bell, the vacations, the lightbulb moments, and getting home every day in time for Oprah!!
    Yes me too. Hours were great but nursing is better.
  8. by   E I Adeosun
    Thanks for the reply but for me nursing is the best . I love nursing and cant go for nothing less than NURSING
  9. by   ikoncz
    Thank you all for your replies.
  10. by   Miss Kisha
    A former Teach for America Corp member. Taught students of all ages and abilities. Still in contact with many. The way I used to teach, when the bell rang, I still had more to do. Nursing is actually a natural bridge from education. I live caring for a patient and teCh Teiresias loved ones how to have a greater role in their care. I still do a lot of teaching. They may or may not take heed to my lessons, not unlike the classroom. I make more in a day than what I did teaching for a week. There's a lot of off the click time that went along with thY teachers salary.
  11. by   ikoncz
    I am ready to become a nurse and all I need is to figure out which is the best and shortest way to become one.
    Being a teacher I have a BA degree, so the accelerated program would be an option. The only problem is that I do not meet the pre-requisites:
    Advanced Placement Associate Degree in Nursing
    (Qualified Allied Health Admissions Test Scores
    * Laboratory Anatomy & Physiology I & II (C or better)
    * College Mathematics (C or better)
    * College English Composition (C or better)
    * General Psychology (C or better)
    * Laboratory Chemistry (C or better)
    * Transcript from Practical Nursing School (B- or better)
    * A Certificate of standing indicating you have an unrestricted LPN license
    * Satisfactory CORI check )

    Where can take these courses? Did anyone need this many?
    Can you suggest a shorter way to become a nurse?
    Or maybe another path?

    Please advise.

    Thank you all!
  12. by   Ryba
    Sorry Nurse Marion, but your idea of how teaching is and teachers are is not accurate. We are certainly not pampered by admin and the union is not as powerful as you would think. We too work weekends, holidays, nights with very little lunch or no lunch (especially if we are tutoring or copying or lesson planning or preparing for our 3rd subject we are teaching that day). Leaving sub plans is more difficult than coming in sick most days and students don't "run errands". We are responsible for safety and well being during pep rallies and field trips - it is NOT down time. We too work hard for very little reward, usually "this sucks" "I'm bored". You may work in a school as a nurse, but you have no concept of what is to be a teacher. And as far as more stress and more responsibility than teachers, I doubt it. As for the pay, 10 years experience and I make 40000, which if I worked hourly, would be less than 10 an hour.
  13. by   nursemarion
    You have got to be kidding, right? No, I grew up in a teacher family so I know for academic subjects the day extends beyond the work day and the school year. That being said, no one dies if you make a mistake with an algebra test. I have had kids with undiagnosed cardiac conditions that I have found, dangerous allergic reactions, critical blood sugars, labor pains, serious injuries. I think critical health issues trumps academic responsibility. Until society recognizes what nurses actually do, the knowledge and skills involved, then they will continue to be lower paid than teachers.

    My school- teachers have their continuing education- Master's and even Doctorate degrees paid for by the taxpayers. They have great lifestyles, much higher income than the per capita income in the area. Boats, Skidoos, nice cars, great vacations since they are off. They make more than nurses in local hospitals who work much longer hours all year long making life and death decisions. Some of these teachers have 6 kids in the morning, and 6 in the afternoon or even less. They are paid full time wages for that. 7:30-3:15, a week off over Easter, longer at Christmas. I can't describe this any further as I do not want to identify my school.

    I do not begrudge anyone a decent living, but to earn more than most families in the area do with great benefits and great hours is over the top with today's economy. This is paid for on the backs of the taxpayers. Teachers can retire and get close to what their salary was as their retirement. It is just disgusting while I have a Master's degree and am now making about $33,000.

    I do know what is going on. Not saying it is the same in all schools, but I know what is going on in mine.