What Else Can I Do For A Living? - page 3

Hi everyone: I'm having a rough time with this field. I have been a nurse for 7+ years and have worked in many different settings. I just got another job that I thought I would like, but I... Read More

  1. by   klone
    Somebody's an angry elf.
  2. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    It seems to me that you might have to "start over". Before becoming a nurse I had another career that paid about twice as much as I now make. I was miserable. I had to decide if I was going to be miserable for the rest of my life or start anew. I went from a german car and a huge house in the suburbs to an efficiency apartment close to my nursing school so my old, crappy car would get me there. I had to wait until my kids were out of school to do this because I owed then better but once that happened I was gone. So you have to decide if the money's worth it. If you have kids and a family depending on you maybe it is but don't use your decision to have a family be a reason for you to be miserable to others as that was your choice. If you on your own you really got no impediments to starting over. Maybe selling shoes isn't so bad. It honest work & maybe there are happy shoe salespeople out there. Good Luck & Happy Holidays
  3. by   unknownjulie
    I agree with the OP 99%. The last remaining 1% is because I finally found a position that reminds me of the nursing jobs of old. Jobs that I used to routinely get, but are scarce now. I don't get paid much, but i am in an office mostly working alone and I love it. The problem is that the pay is very low, but it was a good trade off for my mental health. I only work 2 days a week. You may just have to rearrange things. Find out how much substitute teachers get paid in your area. It can vary but is usually low, but it's easy. If you do that awhile, you will find all kinds of accelerated teaching certificate pathways. You might hate that also, but I found it a refreshing change. I am currently looking for a night shift position to do part-time in a hospital to supplement my income. I find working full time as an RN very stressful. Sensory overload. Good luck on your journey and don't take the negative comments to heart.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Quote from Nursingsince2019
    Education, marketing, sports medicine, advocacy, reseach--I think nursing is such a unique field so much you can do. I bet you can even work your way into film as an advisor.
    Met a man who once worked in the industry who told me that nurses who work on film/TV sets enjoy their jobs.
  5. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from caliotter3
    Met a man who once worked in the industry who told me that nurses who work on film/TV sets enjoy their jobs.
    Who are these nurses and why do they let TV shows have such silly medical errors and TV hospitals entirely run by doctors?
  6. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from klone
    Somebody's an angry elf.

  7. by   Flatline
    I work in the medical "industry" side of things and make over 6 figures, some of my colleagues make over $200k salary before benefits like pension, stock options, etc.

    Now I strongly feel as though I am still working in nursing, my work has a real and measurable impact upon healthcare throughout the world. I love the fact that my input shapes the standards and guidelines we all follow as nurses.

    I know nurses who work as statisticians, clinical researchers, clinical writers, product developers, marketers, etc, etc. They all make well over 6 figures, especially when you consider the bonuses, sometimes commissions, pensions, stock options, and all the rest. Their clinical impact individually is huge, which is odd to think when they have not physically touched a patient but yet their work physically and dramatically benefits that patient.

    The career options for you are only limited by your imagination.
  8. by   canadawali
    What is your role in this insurance company?
  9. by   canadawali
    Quote from Been there,done that
    You need to think outside the "box" of nursing. I don't even know what a MSN in management could do for you, but one would think it could be a satisfying career.
    I make 6 figures sitting on my tookas at home, for an insurance company.

    Best wishes in your search.
    What is your role in the insurance company?
  10. by   Emergent
    Quote from RNCM123
    I don't make six figures, but I also don't consider that a lot of money in today's economy. But whatever, **** me right? I should just keep working with miserable ***** like you because I get paid a semi-livable wage! Go nursing!
    I can see why you are struggling. You sound miserable.

    How's your life outside of work? Do you have fulfilling relationships and past times?

    Yes, there are difficult people in nursing. I find that challenge easier to deal with when I feel better about my life. I have a lot of hobbies, talents, projects, etc. I'm thankful for a career that pays well, that is interesting, and provides funds to accomplish my goals.
  11. by   Dying2nurse

    I'm not sure really what to advise because nursing is very specialized. However, I will make an attempt. Ok here goes: Teaching, work in plastic surgery/dermatology doing botox injections and such, medical device or pharmaceutical sales, insurance, contractor, blogger, writer, youtube, consultant and business. I would recommend starting your own business. You have a skills set obviously. Decide what you love and use your nursing experience and business savvy to make yourself marketable to the public. Nurses have so much knowledge but we can easily get caught up in only seeing where we fit traditionally. I would advise you to sit down and take stock of your skills, the life you want to live, how much money you feel you want and create a business around it. If you are not able to do that, then continue to work your job. When you are finally miserable enough, your creativity will kick in. Ignore the negative comments. Many nurses are miserable but just as many are afraid change their lives for the better, hence the overwhelming negativity. Nursing is a vocation and it deserves to be loved. If someone does not love it, there needs to be positive encouragement to leave. Good luck!
  12. by   blumuffy
    Hmmm. This is hard and I really do want to help. I have a MSN in something similar to yours and I work in quality management at a corporate level with hospitals nationwide. But again that's healthcare. I would suggest marketing but that field is pretty competitive already. Work with an insurance company in some capacity maybe? Check back in and let us know how things turned out. Best of luck to you!!!
  13. by   rileowski
    Well I don't know how my my advice would help you since I am only starting nursing school next fall. However, my education and career path is a little nonconventional. I do not plan on being a nurse forever. Once I start working as a nurse I will go back to school and get my masters in biology and try and get a job teaching A&P at a community college. So possibly teaching nursing or biology classes at a CC would be more enjoyable for you? It will also be a bit easier for you to get a job teaching since you have actual real life experience working in the healthcare field. Other possible options could be a high school teacher, writer, police officer, firefighter, or whatever your other passions are. I love A&P and I want to be the best A&P professor I can be, so I'm diving straight into healthcare so I know what it will be like for my future students and so I can bring my experiences working in the hospital to the classroom. We all have things we're passionate about. If you haven't found that yet keep looking! It's out there.