Former jobs before bit by the nursing bug? - page 2

I noticed that some of us here are career changers... or older students. Just wondering what you used to do before you got bit by the nursing bug? What made you decide to go to nursing school? ... Read More

  1. by   agent
    I just noticed we are the same age..

    when were you planning to start your clinicals?
  2. by   angelac1978
    does the radiology bug count? if not, I am a CNA and I thought about going into nursing at one time! I have been a waitress, office assistant, debt collector, cake decorator and I currently key zip codes for the US postal service. talk about BORING. but hey the money is good and the hours are school friendly. Only 2 years and I'll be an RT.

  3. by   manna
    Who me? I'm hoping to get accepted into the BSN program and begin nursing courses/clinicals in summer of 2004. We'll see how it goes, both with my bank account (eek!) and my pre-reqs! LOL

    Hi Angela! I recognize you from the Radiography boards! I think I finally made the decision to pursue nursing instead of RT and premed... talk about a long, hard decision. I just can't stay away from the RT and premed boards too, though! It's like an addiction! LOL
  4. by   agent
    I wanted to start the actual nursing clinicals Fall 2004.

    I'm taking a stupid class called Intercultural Communications right now.. its required
  5. by   angelac1978
    Manna! duh me, I honestly didn't connect the Manna from the radiography board w/ you! I know what you mean, though. I'm not going into nursing but I still read these boards, living vicariously I guess!

  6. by   manna
    Neat idea, Agent. I'll keep my eye out for that one.

    I think I need to correct myself - if I get in, nursing classes begin summer 2004, clinicals don't actually begin until fall. I just hope I get in!

    Angela - LOL! That's okay, I completely understand the feeling! I'm a lurker on so many BBS's it's not even funny!
  7. by   agent
    Our entrance is based on NLN exam scores. The higher your score the more likley you are to get in.

    I'm going to get my review book very soon. Maybe today.
  8. by   iliel
    I'm not sure what happened with me? I always wanted to be in medicine, or a scientist when I was little, but no one encouraged me. I took what I thought would be an easier route and went on to study writting. I hated it. So, I became a Go-Go dancer, I also got the op to be a CNA (stuck with the dancing cause it paid the bills!), then I decided to go to medical assisting school and someone told me how bad it was and that I should be a dental assistant, welp, I hated that too! Finaly I decided that I wasn't going to listen to anyones advice and took the pre reqs for nursing and found it wasn't as impossible as I thought it would be.
  9. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    Hi All!! I was an ex-administrative assistant for a government contractor. Wanted to get into nursing 5 year back. Decided not to because of the $ issues. Then, decided that I'd never have enough $ so applied and was accepted in Fall '02. Starting my second semester of nursing school the 25th of August. I'm ready to be an RN too.
  10. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by talldollNYC
    I'm just finishing my pre-req's for an accelerated BSN. My first degree was in Theatre/Dance!
    Yay, someone else with an arts background! My first degree was in music. Wanted to play professionally, but decided that it just wasn't the life for me.
    I've worked for the Florida Arts Council for the last 4+ years and I can't WAIT to leave. I'm so tired of sitting in front of a computer all day, dealing with silly artists and administrators.
    Nursing has been something I've considered doing since high school, but for various reasons, I never went after it. Last summer I made the decision to go back to school and get my nursing degree. Had to take 30 hours of pre-reqs and now I'm starting nursing school August 25th.
  11. by   PJMommy
    Meteorologist for 4 years, then systems engineering for 6 years. Most people think I'm nuts for going back to school because my last job was out of a "virtual office". Yep...I worked in my living room with email, a phone and a laptop everyday -- and made about three times the money I'll make as a starting nurse. But that bug bit me HARD!! Despite being slammed with finals this week, I'm happier than I've ever been in my life.
  12. by   neonatalRN
    I have always loved science, and I was a Neuroscience major until my last semester of my senior year in college. I wanted to do research on infant brain development. I switched to Biology and graduated with a B.S. in 2000, then entered graduate school to be a high school science teacher. Meanwhile I worked in the lab at Aveda, helping to develop new lotions and stuff like that. That was a cool job. After that I worked in a medical lab making the media for the lab tests. Then, I decided teaching wasn't for me, and also got pregnant with my daughter, and quit working because my morning sickness was so bad.

    Then, spring of 2002, I had a dream that I was a nurse. I could see it so clearly. When I woke up, I thought, hey that would be perfect. I love science, already have a biology degree, and would love to help make a difference in people's lives. So, I started A&P last fall, and now am starting nursing school in less than 2 weeks!

  13. by   manna
    Originally posted by PJMommy
    Yep...I worked in my living room with email, a phone and a laptop everyday --
    OMG! Now there is my TRUE dream job... to work from home! I was always scared to get into IT, though.

    Annasmom - Wow, working at Aveda! I just love their Rosemary Mint stuff! Good luck with nursing school!