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rubylou rubylou (New) New

Hi Everyone,

Im currently a student nurse near to begging third year. I have a problem. Since starting my degree I was unsure if nursing was for me. Now let me just state here.. that I love nurses, I even like nursing theory... but nursing is just not for me. I just want to make this clear so no one is offended or thinks that I think ill of nurses.

I have worked extremly hard through out my degree and have almost obtained distinctive average marks to date- cross my fingers.

I have spent months and months searching through the net to find some hope that I can use my nursing degree for something other than nursing, but all I seem to find is people suggesting to try other forms of nursing. Im not interested. I do enjoy health/ theory but nursing is not suited to my personality.

If anyone could offer some friendly advice, comments, suggestions to how I could use my degree for future employment, it would be very much appreciated. I would even appreciate advice about potential masters programs... that utilise my nursing degree but cross over to another discipline.

Once again I just want to stress, that I appreciate everything that nurses offer to the world and I think the very best of all you nurses out there!!



Specializes in UR, oncology, L&D, IVTherapy. Has 37 years experience.

Wow! If you enjoy theory, what about nursing education? One of the reasons there is a nursing shortage is that there is a shortage of nursing educators.

Well what kind of career would interest you? Seriously, there are sooo many things you could do that do not involve direct patient care - if that is the part that is not for you.

certified legal nurse consultant, nursing informatics, nursing administration, medical writer or editor, healthcare case management, education, research....there seriously a lot of jobs out there in all sorts of areas. Good luck!


Specializes in Home Care.

Talk to your academic adviser and find out what masters programs they have at your school. Like the poster above said, there's lots of career choices that don't involve bedside nursing.

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

That is a great suggestion. Talk to your advisor and let him/her know how your feeling. You can go into other areas with just a bit more education. You don't have to do bedside nursing. But you can't be a manager or do case management without some experience. You might be better suited to a academic setting.


Specializes in UR, oncology, L&D, IVTherapy. Has 37 years experience.

Diane 227 is correct:legal nurse consulting, UR, QA, management certainly do require some clinical experience, at least in Ohio. Acedemia would be a good fit, perhaps. As a student, I loved

My Trends and issues class. Possibly that would not require clinical experience?

DolceVita, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 9 years experience.

Work for one of the software companies like Epic. they hire nurses.

Thanks everyone,

My university is very small. It only has runs three degree programs as far as Im concerned... nursing, buisness and enviormental studies.

So I will have to go to another university if I want to do futher studies. Anyway my current experiance of this university aint so great.

I have been looking at some grad law programs that are on offer at a few other universities. It is alot to think about doing another three years at law school. Let alone getting in. Im currently raising a two year old.... so it's not as easy as it used to be.

I know Nursing/Law is a good combo in the U.S .... but Im wondering as an Australian nurse if it offers any career paths. Basically, my perception of Law is that it offers versatility in terms of enployment and opportunity, beyond just working as a solicitor (which would not appeal).

Once again thanks everyone, I really do appreciate your comments.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 43 years experience.

I agree with the other posters ...

Basically, before you can move on, you have to identify what you DO like -- not just what you don't like. Identifying what you don't like is a good start, but now start moving towards what you do like. What types of work do you want to do? Do you want to work in an office processing paperwork related to health care? Do you want to teach people about healthy lifestyles? Do you want to be a manager of a health-care workplace? Do you want to work directly with patients in some capacity (be in physically or teaching, etc.)?

It might also help to identify other topics, class topics, and hobbies you enjoy. That might help you identify underlying interests and talents that could be combined with nursing to form a career. For example, if you love computers you could go into nursing informatics. If you are good at art, you might consider being a medical illustrator. (I have a cousin who did that.) If you like books, organizing information, etc. you might become a medical librarian. If you like statistics, you could become a biostatistician or an epidemiologist. There are also anthropologists, sociologists, etc. who specialize in health care issues. etc. etc. etc.

You also might want to get a book on healthcare careers and simply browse to see which ones catch your eye as being appealing. Then start doing more detailed research on those careers and what education you will need to qualify for them.

Good luck.

Edited by llg