what did you do in your former life? - page 5

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   txspadequeenRN
    My first job was at Dairy Queen. Then I went to CNA school did that from 1992-1996. Them went to RMA school worked doing that from 1996-1999 until I graduated from nursing school in 1999....I also have a AA in Liberal Arts and a Masters in PMS....lol or so my husband says
  2. by   MS._Jen_RN
    Wow, we're a talented bunch!

    I was a buffet attendant (fancy huh?), line cook, waitress, bartender, and Patient Care Tech (CNA w/o licence). Sometimes I feel like I've gone back to being a waitress/bartender
    And I :heartbeat Dollar Tree too!
  3. by   Jay-Jay
    Let's see...my first jobs were working in factories during the summer when I was in High School. I also did security guard work at local special events, then went on to get my Private Investigator License, and did retail investigation for awhile.

    Best summer of my life was doing a canoe route survey for Ministry of Natural Resources. I paddled a canoe all day and got a terrific tan! I also had a stint working at a large riding stable as a groom and teaching beginners.

    I spent several summers teaching outdoor education, and enjoyed it so much, I went on to get my teaching degree in science and environmental science. However, I graduated at a time when there were very few teaching jobs available, and after a number of years doing supply teaching, I was ready for a change. I got a summer job working as a home helper, then decided to go into nursing the next fall.

    I have also done a lot of temporary secretarial work, when needed to keep body and soul together, and food on the table. One of the part time jobs turned into a steady job in the accounting department doing accounts receivable entry...BY HAND!! I think of all the jobs I've ever had that was the one I was LEAST suited for!

    I also spent 3 years working for a large retail nursery as a gardener/salesperson, then 2 summer working for the city of Toronto as an outdoor gardener. Those 2 jobs put me through nursing college after I quit teaching!
    Last edit by Jay-Jay on Nov 17, '06
  4. by   mitchsmom
    I've been a middle school, and high school teacher, also worked at a children's mentoring agency as a case manager, & a few other part-time jobs. Then I was a stay at home mom for several years before starting nursing school. I have also been a breastfeeding counselor for about 6 years.
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Nov 17, '06
  5. by   RNHawaii34
    i was a waitress for 4 years, nurse assistant for 10 years.
  6. by   Sonn
    Solicitors clerk
  7. by   EmerNurse
    Quote from nursebearfeet
    so, ask your self this, what would people say over your grave?
    ok this should be its own thread!! im sure people will say something like "did you ever see her? hmm.. nah i think she was a lump under the covers, wasn't she? yeah, narcoepilepsy or something?" then my family will pipe up (they'd better), "she was a nurse!"

    as for life before nursing - secretary here for nearly 20 years, including as a 71l20 in the army (that gave me my first admin skills, thank you!). i've secretary'd in many areas, including temp, army, clinical research, heart association, and on and on. honestly, that background, basic as it sounds, helped me so much as a nurse. i can handle tons of paperwork without blinking an eye, i'm a computer geek out of necessity, and i learned customer service skills like answering a phone and smiling while i tell you i have time to help you, long before those things were scripted. and any good secretary can tell you - we know time management and prioritizing and multitasking with the best of 'em.

  8. by   RDH-NrsgStudent
    I'm not a nurse yet (will be an RN in 2010), but I'm a dental hygienist right now and have been for the past 12 yrs. Once I get that nursing license, it's "hasta la vista, baby" to dental hygiene (and it won't be soon enough!!).
  9. by   phoenix72
    Before I was paroled from the corporate world, I was the Sr. HR Professional for Comcast-Fresno area. This is something that I always wanted to do so I'm going for it. Good luck everyone!
  10. by   tgb3rn
    In order from 1st to now: Paper boy, food service (several), 4ys in the US Army as a promotion and troop manager, Mechanic, machinist, welder, Factory Foreman, constuction worker, CNA, LPN, LPN-C(IV certification), will be RN shortly, assuming I don't screw up bigtime on the test.
    And since I have worked all of these other jobs I can say with all my heart---there is no better job on this planet than nursing--at least for me.
    Last edit by tgb3rn on Nov 18, '06
  11. by   AviatrixRN
    I was an airline pilot. Was furloughed (layed-off) in 2003 and went to nursing school. When life gives you lemons..make lemonade!
    It's fun to see what everyone has done prior to nursing!
  12. by   crb613
    I worked at Fruit of The Loom for about 12 yrs.
    My sister & I owned & operated a daycare. We needed to work, but did not want our kids going to the local daycares....so we opened our own. Manager/troubleshooter/trainer for 24 hr convenience type grocery/gas stores. This was the hardest job I have ever had in my life...I can multitask & organize with the best! :chuckle
  13. by   nursemary9
    I'm afraid I had no life before Nursing. I went straight from High School into Nursing School. While I was in school, I held the usual part-time jobs--Nurses Aide, Babysitting and for a time, filing in an office.

    Not very intereting, I'm afraid.

    I have worked on many different types of floors, tho, thru the years.

    Mary Ann