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SheriffLauren has 5 years experience and works as a PSYCH RN.

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I am someone who never had a real job before becoming a nurse. I mowed lawns and landscapes for people under the table before graduating. Now that I work I always think...what about when I want to step away from bedside nursing-what if I step away from nursing all together?

What career interests any of you? What would you do other than nursing or what have you done before nursing?

-Detective work for me ;)

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Luckyyou has 7 years experience and works as a RN, CCRN.

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Baking.

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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I am someone who never had a real job before becoming a nurse. I mowed lawns and landscapes for people under the table before graduating. Now that I work I always think...what about when I want to step away from bedside nursing-what if I step away from nursing all together?

Well the OldDude still mows lawns during the summer when school is not in session and he's not working as a school nurse.

Maybe, if you liked doing that, you could have a little business called "SheriffLaurens Lawn Mowing Service"!

What career interests any of you?

From 1996 to 2003 I did quite a bit of free lance artwork- you know, murals for community theatre, street cartooning, shows, commissions, newspaper comics, and the like. I worked as an artist in conjunction with being a part time and full time nurse. I got out of it when my art became more work than pleasure at a time I found a well-paying nursing position.

So now I do my art almost totally for pleasure and work as a nurse for money.

My wife Belinda, who's a medical nurse and pretty danged crafty in her own right just the other night discussed using our interests for some income after we retire.

what have you done before nursing?

I worked in retail, as a deliveryman, houseparent, teacher's aid, weatherizer, campground caretaker, the last job before nursing I stocked vending machines.

Thanks for asking, Sherifflauren and good luck to you on your detective work!

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SheriffLauren has 5 years experience and works as a PSYCH RN.

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That's awesome that you have all that artistic ability! I also paint as a hobby, I never considered doing it as my job however, I was afraid it would become less enjoyable if I had to rely on it for my income. Art and doing crafts is so relaxing I find, especially after a tough shift.

p.s. I live in the city currently and i actually miss doing the yard work I used to do :D

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SheriffLauren has 5 years experience and works as a PSYCH RN.

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Baking is fun! My fiance says his dream is to have a doughnut shop someday.

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Once worked with an individual who had a landscaping business on the side, along with his military career. He said he was all set for when he retired from the military. He serviced quite a few accounts in the area of the city around Augusta National Golf Club.

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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I am someone who never had a real job before becoming a nurse. I mowed lawns and landscapes for people under the table before graduating. Now that I work I always think...what about when I want to step away from bedside nursing-what if I step away from nursing all together?

What career interests any of you? What would you do other than nursing or what have you done before nursing?

-Detective work for me ;)

I kind of like the idea of running my own little group home, although I really have very little idea of what that would entail. I like seeing little groups of special needs people eating at the food court in the mall, for some reason. I see them roaming around at Target, too ...and they seem so family-like and happy despite the challenges they obviously face. I have my own little happy family to take care of for now, though.

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and works as a Dialysis.

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If I could craft and make the money I make as a nurse, with the benefits, I'd be doing that. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out that way. I was in the Army when I first got out of high school (that was a lifetime ago) and worked in a factory in maintenance after that for a few years. If I had to get out of healthcare, I think I'd go back to programming (my first bachelors degree), catch up, and see if I could cook up a new career

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SheriffLauren has 5 years experience and works as a PSYCH RN.

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I had an assistance manager who ran either a group home or some type of assisted living home, i think she had less than 10 residents at a time. I don't know the particulars but I know they are in high demand, there are very few places for people who need ltc, group homes, assisted living. If you ever do it you'll have customers.

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HelloWish has 3 years experience as a ADN, BSN.

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I'd like to be a professional student and independently wealthy. I do have nostalgic feelings about being a pharmacy tech which feels like 100 years ago. Today I rented my son's trumpet at a music store. I thought, I could totally do this job as I was being checked out and how wonderful it would be to have no one's life on the line. I had to help the person behind the counter figure out her computer and help check me out! ;-)

Ultimately though, I have always wanted to be a provider of some kind so I am shooting to be an NP!

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SheriffLauren has 5 years experience and works as a PSYCH RN.

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I'd like to be a professional student and independently wealthy.

It would be pretty cool to have time and money to study whatever you wanted. Id like to study criminal justice.

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AnnieNP has 20 years experience as a MSN, NP and works as a Nurse Practitioner.

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If I had to pick something else, I would want to go to Culinary School. I love to cook!!!!!

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