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Knowing what you know now about nursing, what other career would you have chosen?

Given a second chance, would you have chosen a different career path and if so what would it be?

Nursing

If I had to choose another path, I'd have gone into PT or OT or possibly Speech.

racing-mom4, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/ER.

A stay at home mafia wife with lots of diamonds on my fingers and babies at my feet. Now that would be nice--minus the guns and drugs in the attic of course---but really I am a recent grad and so I am still in I am sure the honey moon phase---but every day I feel honored and lucky that I was able to become a nurse. I love this profession.

I hope in 5 or 10 years I will feel the same way!!!

jessiern, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg.

I'm kinda torn with my answer to that question. I love nursing, and I can't imagine doing anything else. But I also love photography, and debated pursing education with photography. I choose nursing for the stability, because I was unsure if I could support myself with photography. Now I have a great husband that is willing and able to support me, so we have debated my pursing photography. But we are still iffy about it. And I dont' want to give up nursing. We are also thinking about him starting med school. So...who knows.

NickiLaughs, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care. Has 11 years experience.

If I'd had some slightly different opportunities...I'd love to be a coroner...but that requires med school and a lot of support and a lot of patience. I don't think I have that much. I hope that coroner training willl someday will be open to nurses.:nuke:

racing-mom4, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/ER.

I'm kinda torn with my answer to that question. I love nursing, and I can't imagine doing anything else. But I also love photography, and debated pursing education with photography. I choose nursing for the stability, because I was unsure if I could support myself with photography. Now I have a great husband that is willing and able to support me, so we have debated my pursing photography. But we are still iffy about it. And I dont' want to give up nursing. We are also thinking about him starting med school. So...who knows.

Why cant you do both??? On your days off take pictures...we have a great business in my home town the owner was a divorced mom who ran a day care center, she took the best kids pictures--soon people starting hiring her for weddings and graduation pictures. Now she has a wonderful studio and almost every one I know has a family picture taken by her. She started small out of her garage. She now has a beautiful spacious studio.

I became a nurse later than most I didnt even start collage till I was 31. On my 30th birthday I regretted that I didnt go to collage in my 20s --I did not want to turn 40 and regret that I didnt go to collage in my 30s. So with 4 little ones at home and I loving but not the most supportive husband I did it. I could not be happier.

My advice is follow your photography dream. At least give it a good shot, it sounds like you have the support to take it on.~~~~hey maybe that is what you can call your studio "one good shot"

medsurgrnco, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych.

I wish I was artistic; I'd love to have a creative career with more independence like dancing, writing, photography, painting, etc. If I had the talent, engineering or biology careers would interest me as those careers can give one the opportunity to travel & work in other countries, become involved in the green movement, or work with animals in nature. In the healthfield, PT looks good.

jessiern, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg.

In the healthfield, PT looks good.

Even PTA isn't that bad. They go to school same amount of time as I do, but my husband's (he's a PT director at our hospital) PTA's make $5 more an hour then I do as an RN. I'm trying to encourage my brother on that route.

Wendy_RN

Specializes in Telemetry, Med Surg, Pediatrics, ER.

i would definitely choose photography! i love nursing, but there is a lot of headache that goes along with it. unfortunately, you learn that the hard way. photography is a definite passion of mine and hopefully i can still do a little more with it while working full time as a nurse.

professional welfare recipient

just kidding.

I like the mafia wife with the big diamonds but I wouldn't want to be associated with people who hurt and kill people. So I would say the trophy wife from some rich and spoiling husband so I could have whatever I want.

I have so many things I would like to do. I was artisitic - kinda rusty now.

I think I just want to be rich.

I really don't mind the job. It's the inability to do the job the way it should be done.

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 19 years experience.

I cannot see myself working as anything other than a nurse. So if I was given the chance to choose again I would choose to be a nurse.

I really cannot see myself doing anything else.

I cannot see myself working in a office, I would be so bored. I don't like to sit at a desk and work. My SIL and husband worked for the cable company answering phones and I would have went insane. I like to be able to move around anytime I want. I am too ADD to sit at a desk and work.

locolorenzo22, BSN, RN

Specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Detox, Tele.

If i could make a living at it, singer/songwriter....

Nursing... of course I haven't gotten into school yet, but I'm trying.

Its going to be my third career choice. I was a legal assistant/paralegal for a long time, and then I got a JD and practiced law for awhile. I realized I really hated the legal field. Hopefully, I have found the right fit for me.

I'm only 3/4 of the way through NS, and I really enjoy it. However, and please don't flame me, I wish I would have discovered that I was interested in health care and extremely good at science courses when I was younger. I don't know if it's the direction I would have actually gone in, but I would have liked the opportunity to consider med school. Now I just don't have the time. I didn't even really think about it until I'd already started my ABSN program. It would have been nice to have taken premed courses when I got my first degree to see how I would have done, and to have had the chance to shadow some MDs and see if it's something I would have enjoyed. Now I'm married and planning to have kids soon, and it's just too late to do that. I'm planning on CRNA instead, after kids, and I hope it's as fulfilling as it sounds in my head.

medsurgrnco, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych.

Meteorologist (sp?) - TV weathermen report their weather predictions and just laugh when they are wrong, along with the rest of the world. Even tho statistics indicate there is no predictability of weather several days out, it is still reported on the news. And they make big bucks!!

Post office worker - Doesn't matter how many people are in line, they still work slow as molasses! And many get away with poor customer service skills altho they have those silly signs up at the PO.

This thread is interesting because I'm a photographer going back to school for nursing. I shoot advertising and fashion and I can tell you the people you have to deal with in this field are just as bad....the only difference is in the medical field you are actually saving lives, in photography they act like they are. The egos are unreal, a doctor's ego is nothing compared to egos I deal with in photography and advertising. It's like any other field, the horrible people are in all of them.

I actually make more money as a photographer but I can't stand the instability. When the economy goes down you better have money saved up. A lot of us went out of business after 9-11 and companies cut down on advertising....it's been back to normal for the past couple of years, but you never know.

MB37, you are still young. I have friends in med school, one is in his late 30's with kids. He told me there is a women in his class who is in her 50's.

JCLVN67

Specializes in Psychiatric, Geriatrics.

Landscape Gardener, which in fact I was for ten years before becoming a nurse. It involves a lot of biological knowlege and interest as well as a nurturing qualitiy. Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed working outdoors with plants and I still do. The business side was never lucrative or secure enough, though. If I worked for a landscape or nursery company, i never made enough money or had any benefits,(read, I was exploited) and when I had my own business, there were only so many hours in the week of daylight for me to work, although I was highly in demand, but I don't have a head for business (read, I don't like exploiting people) and didn't want to hire people to work for me. I just felt that I didn't know how to be "president of a landscape company" all I was really good at was the art and science of gardening. I really do enjoy nursing, and I have more security in my life now. I even have work when the weather is bad! LOL. Also, I have time to work on my own landscape and veggies and stuff with no pressure, purely for enjoyment. I also take on small projects for colleagues and nieghbors from time to time on my days off, and if you just want to wax horticultural, I can shoot the breeze with ease.

TeleNurse2010

Specializes in Telemetry, Med-Surg. Has 1 years experience.

I'm only 3/4 of the way through NS, and I really enjoy it. However, and please don't flame me, I wish I would have discovered that I was interested in health care and extremely good at science courses when I was younger. I don't know if it's the direction I would have actually gone in, but I would have liked the opportunity to consider med school. Now I just don't have the time. I didn't even really think about it until I'd already started my ABSN program. It would have been nice to have taken premed courses when I got my first degree to see how I would have done, and to have had the chance to shadow some MDs and see if it's something I would have enjoyed. Now I'm married and planning to have kids soon, and it's just too late to do that. I'm planning on CRNA instead, after kids, and I hope it's as fulfilling as it sounds in my head.

When I was in undergrad, about 10 years ago, one of my friend's mother decided that she wanted to go back to school to become a doctor. She had a young son, in addition to my friend (who was in her late teens/early twenties) and was in her forties when she went back. She has since finished and is most likely in her fifties now. So, if you really want it, go for it! However, there's nothing wrong with your current path either. Just do what makes you happy, as you only have one life to live.

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