the "dream" has come to an end - page 2

I would first like to say I know this post my offend a few people but I have to get this out. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about my contemplating staying in nursing school. I wondered if all... Read More

  1. by   kjwarren
    I hope your new career works out! Pharmacy always seemed kinda interesting to me too. Though I do have to say that I wouldn't turn your nose up at $20/hr. right now. My fiance just graduated with a bachelor's degree in new media (sound and video production) and there are no jobs in sight. He will be lucky to have his measly part-time $8/hr. retail job give him any extra hours. It's sad, but we are even getting excited over a fedex job that pays $11/hr. that he is applying for. Sounds terrible for someone with a bachelor's degree, but in this climate you really have to take what you can get.

    Good luck, though. At least it won't be a very messy job, haha!
  2. by   Meriwhen
    Life is short, and you need to do whatever makes you happy...and from the sound of it, it apparently wasn't nursing.

    Good luck with the new school!
    Last edit by Meriwhen on May 7, '09
  3. by   sunray12
    Keep in mind that you have the same chance of ending up a burned out 55 year old whether you choose nursing, pharma or any other career path. At the end of the day it's what's inside you, and not the career path you choose. Twenty bucks/hour is not bad to start. Doctors start out at less than that during residency and they are salaried so for the hours they put in their hourly wage might average out to 6-7 bucks/hour. There are CEOs and world leaders who started out making less than that. My point - it's not where you start - it's the career growth potential that counts.

    Which is not to say that nursing or any other field is for everyone. If you were severely unhappy then it was time for a breather and if you need to change course altogether to find yourself that's fine too. Good luck.
  4. by   nursemarion
    Nursing school about killed me. I used to wish I would get in a wreck so I wouldn't have to go to clinical. I was too ashamed to quit and be a failure. Well I am still a nurse 24 years later and I really have no regrets. I have had some tough jobs, but I have had some great ones too. I have cared for thousands of patients, cried over them, worried over them, and helped many of them. From what I have seen of phamacists- it is no walk in the park. They get little patient contact which to me is what it is all about. Anyone who is in nursing school should know that it is not the same as work. Yes, it reflects real stresses that nursing involves, but the constant fear that you experience from being in a student role is gone once you are able to use what you have learned.

    I did not go to my graduation either. I thought it might be some terrible joke and they would say "Sorry, you are not supposed to be here. You failed". I just wanted to be as far away from that place as I could. I did not accept my award or go to the awards banquet. I told them I had to work. All that out of fear. Why did it have to be that way? I don't know. It is an old field, and like medicine they push you to the limits to make sure you can take it. After all, lives are at stake.

    Good luck in your new field of study. I hope it suits you. I would never encourge anyone to go into nursing unless they were sure it is what they want.
  5. by   Lacie
    Good for you on your decision as you must do what is best for you. I was a police officer before entering nursing. I left being an officer as my husband was worried something may happen and we had a young child. Now almost 30 years later, I still regret not pursuing law in lieu of nursing. Short of it is, the husband is now an ex husband lol and I'm still in nursing and guess what he's still in Law. I'm good at it and very successful but it was never my first and preferred choice of careers. Dont wait till it's too late to make that change coming from an old bird whose been there and wish I had stuck to my guns. Heck I'd be making a whole lot more if I had continued pursuing law as an attorney then I do as an RN.
  6. by   Gr8Dane
    Nursings not for everyone, sucks you came this far and didn't finish. That's one of the reasons I did my LPN first, now my problem is forcing myself back in school this August to do my RN haha Good luck!
  7. by   chgoreid
    Good luck, and I definitely would pick pharmacy over nursing if I were you too!
  8. by   NurseShelly
    Hey Summersent.... good for you. Congrats on having the courage to not only realize that something isn't for you, but the courage to do something about it. Nursing isn't going anywhere should you ever change your mind. Good luck to you in all that you do
  9. by   kitti419
    Good for you. No doubt you have been through a lot and this is not an impulsive decision. My BFF is a pharmacist who started at just under 100k as a new grad. I have no idea what she makes now, but I NEVER hear her complaining about work. She goes on some nice vacations, too! Good luck. If you are at the top of your class is nursing, pharm should be pretty doable!
  10. by   MoLee228
    Quote from kjwarren
    I hope your new career works out! Pharmacy always seemed kinda interesting to me too. Though I do have to say that I wouldn't turn your nose up at $20/hr. right now. My fiance just graduated with a bachelor's degree in new media (sound and video production) and there are no jobs in sight. He will be lucky to have his measly part-time $8/hr. retail job give him any extra hours. It's sad, but we are even getting excited over a fedex job that pays $11/hr. that he is applying for. Sounds terrible for someone with a bachelor's degree, but in this climate you really have to take what you can get.

    Good luck, though. At least it won't be a very messy job, haha!
    My boyfriend is in the same boat. Bachelor's in psychology from a private university, working maintenance for $8.50/hour. We are grateful he gets benefits! I find it REDICULOUS that good, upstanding citizens with bachelor's degrees from good schools can't find decent jobs. BTW, he wants to be a cop. He's putting himself through the police academy now instead of waiting for some department to foot the bill.

    Hopefully the job outlook will be a little brighter for me when I graduate from nursing school! $20/hr sounds fantastic!!! Haha :icon_roll
  11. by   ceegee14
    OK, I am 49 years old and I'm starting nursing school next week. This scares me! I've worked in a hospital as an EKG tech 33 years ago. I know some nurses can be jerks, I'm just blown away that this is still going on. Grow up jerky nurses, you know who you are! This is all about "TEAM" work and taking care of people. WOW, I'm still shaking my head. Can't wait to see how I'm treated....
  12. by   Washoften
    My husband is a pharmacist. 10 years.
    Retail pharmacy will kill you. It is nothing but a customer/clerk relationship. Even managing the pharmacy making 150k a year, he would come home very upset, burnt out, fried with the monotony and saying he made the wrong choice.

    Then he went into hospital pharmacy, a real change. Now he is happy. He has more of a relationship with the docs, some of whom trust him enough to call him for advice on medications before they prescribe. Nurses like him and refer to him often. He feels he is part of a team now, with not only a career, but a place in the community. Unlike retail pharmacy, when he was a sad man in a white coat.

    And the money ain't bad either. Though you'll make less in a hospital setting, I'd recommend it highly. The feeling of purpose you get makes up for the 20k less a year, trust me. Look into it. It may be the perfect marriage of the nursing and pharmacy worlds for you.

    Congratulations on listening to your gut. Most people freeze in fear when faced with that decision and drudge on. Don't get me wrong, there are some very bad days in pharmacy too (some belligerent docs, some error-prone nurses, and ....some belligerent docs). It's not all candy and paychecks. But if you're up to it, there's a potentially long career ahead of you.

    In a study, pharmacists are ranked #2 in most trusted professions....behind, you guessed it, nurses.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...1/ai_64424160/

    Both professions are good choices imo. You're in a win/win situation. Go for it. Don't look back.
  13. by   marilynmom
    Good for you! I think pharmacy is a great career!

    Even though I have a great job right now if I had to do it all over again I wouldn't do nursing.....no way. Your making a good and SMART decision

    I've though about pharm as well....they is a shortage and all the pharmacists I know are very happy.

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