what did you do in your former life? - page 6

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   CseMgr1
    Inventory Clerk, Cashier at K-Mart, Nurses' Aide (There were no CNA's back then), LPN, then RN. I graduated from nursing school five days after my 30th birthday.
  2. by   new er nurse
    I have a BS in Social Studies Education - taught for 3 years, moved couldn't find a teaching job, pharmacy tech, processed medical claims for major insurance company, managed chiropractor's office, had to leave when started nursing school - got a job in an ER as an administration tech then patient care tech then RN all in the same ER. I've also been an EMT for 13 years which really helped while in school. I graduated 2005 at the ripe old age of 43 and am loving every minute of the ER. There have been ups and downs but wouldn't be happy anywhere else!
  3. by   CMCRN
    I was a can-can dancer in a little theatre company, worked in retail, cleaned shrimp, worked for the statepark system in summers while I was in nursing school.
  4. by   riceberry
    veterinary technician and stay home mom
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    active military, USAF for 10 years. Went back to get my degree on GI Bill. No looking back.
  6. by   58flyer
    Some of this brings back memories, especially the modelling stuff. My first job in HS was pumping gas in airplanes at the local airport. I had a GF who was a model and led me into the business. So I did the underwear/swimsuit modelling for a little while (still in HS). It seemed to pay good at the time but in reality it barely covered expenses. I had the body for it then but that was 30 years and 40 lbs ago. :chuckle In college I worked as an orderly at a hospital. I got interested in stock car racing and took off a year and worked on a Nascar Cup team (this was before Nextel or Winston) as over the wall crewman doing the job of front tire changer. Back home in college I worked part time as a mechanic in a race shop. Raced on Sat nights in the late model series. After getting my associates degree in Criminal Justice I went to work for the Sheriff's Office and did 24 years there. Did lots of different jobs within the dept; corrections, patrol, evidence, detective, aviation, traffic, and accred/prof standards. After retirement I went to another police agency where all I do now is fly airplanes and helicopters, except for the occasional firearms instructor. I guess someday I will get around to going (back) to nursing school, maybe when I can't fly anymore. If I had it to do over again I might have explored the race driver career a little more carefully. After the Sheriff gave me a job I never looked back at racing, but I did compete in and have wins in a series known as today's Busch series. And I ran and had wins against guys who went pretty far in their racing careers.
    Last edit by 58flyer on Feb 28, '07 : Reason: TMI
  7. by   Heloisea3
    I was a teacher for several years before deciding to quit and go back to school for nursing. I have taught all grades 7-12. Before and during college, I worked as a tech in a drug rehabilitation center for adolescents, a tech in a mental health facility for MHMR, a CNA in a nursing home (I worked there during my junior and senior year in high school), and as an assistant in the library. Of course, this doesn't include my 45 minute job at Burger King or my 3 week stint at KFC. haha Anyway, I will hopefully finish my prerequisites this semester, and I will apply in January for nursing school. I am really looking forward to it. The thought of returning to teaching turns my stomach. ughhhhhh!! There is not enough money to make me go back to teaching. Anyway, good luck to you whatever you choose to do.
  8. by   Schatzi RN CEN
    I was a product manager for a large publishing company in Germany. After my move to rural nebraska I needed to change to a career that offered a greater chance for gainful employment. I was already an EMT and firefighter, so nursing seemed to be the ideal choice, and believe me it was. I am still happy with my choice.
  9. by   tgb3rn
    Quote from Schatzi RN CEN
    I was a product manager for a large publishing company in Germany. After my move to rural nebraska I needed to change to a career that offered a greater chance for gainful employment. I was already an EMT and firefighter, so nursing seemed to be the ideal choice, and believe me it was. I am still happy with my choice.
    Rural Nebraska---hey me2
  10. by   mom and nurse
    I went to college, got a Bachelor's in Communication Disorders, graduated and moved back home and discovered that you needed a Masters in my home state to be a Speech Pathologist. :smackingf So I took some sign language classes and volunteered with deaf kids as a teacher's assistant while I worked in the government doing secretary work part time with every plan to get a Masters in Deaf Education. Instead I met my husband, married, had my first and second child, worked doing data entry in a law firm (in the office and from home), had my third child, then quit my job. Then my husband and I adopted a 6 and 7 year old (adding to the 6 and 7 and 3 year old we already had). I ended up staying home as a housewife for 17 years. Did the school activities, PTA, etc and then looked around and the kids were older and disappearing to various parts of the house and neighborhood and it was hard to round them up. While typing up the graduate paperwork as my husband was working on his Doctor of pharmacy I made the statement...."I wish I had studied nursing....." and with his encouragement I went back to school (talk about "Twilight Zone"...cellphones everywhere, laptops and trying to remember how to use a microscope....) I ended up graduating with a BSN in nursing while all five were teens (with my youngest and my husband there to cheer at my graduation).....:mortarboard: now 3 of my kids are in college (two with scholarships), one is in high school, and I won't mention about the one that got away (my adopted son....he's over 18 and trying to find his own place in the world...somewhere...) and meanwhile I'm working on my Masters in an ANP program.

    Life begins at 40...... :roll
    Last edit by mom and nurse on Nov 20, '06
  11. by   Natkat
    Another former medical transcriptionist here. I love it and would love to do it for the rest of my life, but the job gets harder, the dictation gets worse and I was tired of watching my paycheck shrink every year.

    I started out in medical records about 20 years ago. Shortly after that I was at a crossroads - do I continue with medical records or go into nursing? I didn't choose nursing because, back then, I didn't want to wear the same thing every day. I wanted to dress up and do my hair. I got tired of that pretty fast. Besides I was terrified of blood, poop and body odor. I got over that too.

    I'm a nursing student now but work as a dialysis technician, which was a wonderful introduction to patient care. It also introduced me to the world of blood, poop and body odor and it wasn't that bad after all.

    I wish I had chosen nursing 20 years ago, but better late than never, I suppose.
  12. by   ceecel.dee
    This thread makes me recognize how few members I even recognize anymore...welcome to you all!
    I did hair, nails, facials, etc.
    I was a retail clothing store asst. manager.
    I was a bank teller.
    I was a medical assistant, which inspired me to go on to be a RN.
  13. by   NancyNurse27
    In my former life I have been, a newspaper girl, a grocery bagger, foodservice worker, cook, made Levi's and last but not least a waitress. Funny though how much nursing is like waitressing... At least on the floor I work on. Only my customers are more sick than hungry and when I forget something or screw up I can lose my license or go to jail, instead of just getting fired! I still prefer nursing though...