what did you do in your former life? - page 3

This is for all those who have changed careers....what did you do before you decided to become a nurse??? This is just to satisfy my own curiosity....I am currently working in retail and have... Read More

  1. by   traumaRUs
    I was in the US Navy and did broadcast journalistm while active duty and for another 10 years as a civilian.
  2. by   emsboss
    Quote from jthewood
    BTW, to jollygreenRN and all the other vets, thanks for your service. I'm a former red-beret myself!

    Paramedic....20+years...Also Army 'medic for nearly 10, Jan 82-Oct '91...Desert Shield/Storm.
    You are quite welcome....What was the red beret? I wore a maroon one(AIRBORNE!!!! )
  3. by   ICRN2008
    I was (and still am) a medical technologist. I have a BS degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. It is still health care, but with a completely different focus and set of responsibilities. I plan to continue filling in at the lab on weekends to keep my skills up after I graduate from nursing school.
  4. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from navynurse06
    I was an assistant manager at the Dollar Tree while I was in high school and 1st half of nursing school. Then I was a nurse tech through the last half of nursing school.
    I the Dollar Tree!
  5. by   CVICURN2003
    I was an Executive Assistant for the President of a Fortune 500 company. I loved it. But, my boss retired and I was not doing the things I did for him for sometone else. I did all of his personal business too. God, it was such a cushy job. Worked from home on the laptop when the kids were sick (he was never at the office, he traveled 4-5 ddays a week, corporate AMEX card...but not worth it for someone else. Plus, he helped put me through nursing school after he retired and I quit. I still miss it sometimes. I was on call 24/7 for him though.
  6. by   bewell
    My favorite former job was as the D.J. for the local nite club-it was so much fun!!
  7. by   dragonflyRN
    I was...
  8. by   UKRNinUSA
    Darn - I thought this was a thread about past lives. I was going to tell you about a psychic that told me that I was a healer in a past life and was persecuted because of it. I took that to mean I was a herbalist that was burnt at the stake for being a witch. It made sense to me - my first staffing job was in a Burn Unit. Double darn - I wish I could have shared that story!
  9. by   gonzo1
    I was: carry out person in grocery store, checker, telephone operator, installer repairman (lady), gas station attendant, motorcycle parts inventory, video store clerk, school bus driver, physical therapist assistant, hotel clerk, the phone company gig was 20 years. I think I may have more jobs to list but I forget now. Alot of the jobs were at the same time.
    I love nursing and it has been very good to me. I graduated in May of 2003 ant the tender age of 47.
  10. by   djkmc1998
    i worked for fedex in the customer svc dept. ick! then, i got pregnant and stayed at home and then had 2 more babies after that. i am still a sahm, but im a student too. it took me awhile to decide what i wanted to do for sure, nursing was always something i could see myself doing. im just nervous for when i actually start working, having no experience working in healthcare....
  11. by   dottimur
    I have a BS in math because when I graduated there was no BS in computer science and I wanted to go into computer science. I had an incredibly long and lucrative career in computers, the last 20 years at a telecommunications company. I was a programmer, a business analyst (called nurse informatics in the nursing field), a project manager and spent 10 years as a manager of programmers developing software. At 20 years I was laid off from my last job. We had had 6 years of layoffs and the layoffs continue.

    The computer field at a huge company is not fulfilling because there is so much bureacracy you don't get anything accomplished and you don't have a feeling of accomplishment. I lost my 21 year old son 1/25/2005 and I felt a calling to become a hospice nurse. I started going to school to become a nurse in Mar of 2005. I have a CNA and I am in an LPN program. I intend to get an associates RN degree then a BSN then become an NP or teach by getting a masters. I have taken all my science courses and only lack a course in nutrition to get into the BSN program.

    I could skip the BSN and go straight for the master's. Will this hamper my ability to get jobs in management if I don't have the BSN?
  12. by   liebling5
    Quote from delee99
    Hey I owned an insurance agency, Won all the trips made Lots of money was very unhappy, I am an LPN now and have one more semester for my RN, I work in Long term care and really love it. I make a difference. I am 47 years old and my name is Diane... Tehee.
    Hey, I'm 47 and my name is Diane, too. I was an accountant for 20 years (hated it). I have a BS and MBA. Last job as an Accountant, I worked for a movie studio. Lots of perks, like free screening of theatrical films. Plus personally saw some famous folks. My favorite place to work was for a non-profit that gave away money (community foundation). We got to go to great places like the Getty Museum, the Holocaust Museum, baseball games, concerts and musicals. I now see a fair number of famous folks as patients. :roll
  13. by   OhioMTCRN07
    I was and still am a medical transcriptionist for 15+ years. Have an associate in business and a certificate in data processing/programming. Finally decided I'm tired of taking pay cuts and/or not getting a raise because transcription is being shipped overseas. RN in 2007 after 3 years of study! Still transcribin' working my way through school. Welcome to nursing, friends!