Any 2nd career RNs going back to their previous careers??? - page 2

Hi there - I was a magazine editor until starting nursing school in May 2002. Graduated from nursing school in August 2003 and started working as an RN in September 2003. Passed the boards... Read More

  1. by   KarenAR
    RealNurseWitch -

    My first magazine job was for a company headed by a ROYAL jerk. He and I were like oil & water. Thankfully everyone else I worked with there was wonderful (except for two others, who were the jerk's brother and sister).

    At that job, in 1995, I was salaried at $12,000 a year, working full time and plenty of overtime, and had NO benefits. But it was the only real magazine publisher in town, and we did put out good products that we could be proud of, so I stayed for a while. Finally got a raise - to a whopping $14,000/year. Then finally decided I couldn't afford to work there anymore, so I left.

    Was a crappy job situation, but gave me good experience!!!
  2. by   NurseDiva04
    I am starting nursing school in a couple of months. I have 20+ years in IT. I am not going to totally close that door. However, I want to fulfill a lifetime dream to be in healthcare.
  3. by   mary761
    Count me in. I was a teacher, then went thru CNA training so I could scope out nursing before I took the plunge. I was a CNA for a few months and LOVED it. I STILL love being a CNA. When the local nursing program expanded, I got in a year before I expected to. So Karen, you and I are alike--rushed thru before really getting a chance to look around!

    I wish I had listened to those little doubts I've had since first semester, but everyone kept telling me things would get better. They haven't, and I'm not going to spend the rest of my life dreading work every day. My first GN position was so awful I didn't even take my boards. So I'm back to being a CNA until I renew my teaching certificate. Some say I really didn't give nursing a chance, but really--how long do you have to poke yourself in the eye with a stick to figure out you don't like it?!
  4. by   Medic2RN
    I'm just curious....if you discovered that you didn't enjoy nursing that much - could you possibly have looked into another job within the nursing field? It seems as though there are so many possibilities out there, could you have gotten involved in the wrong path? For example, let's say you're an ER nurse and would have felt differently if you were a school nurse?
    I currently am a student and once I do leave my current profession - there will be no turning back because I can't return to that job.
    Like I said...I was just curious.
  5. by   mary761
    Unfortunately, in my state school nurses are considered a luxury, so there are very few positions. The few that are available are staffed by LPN's and CNA's. In outpatient nursing, cost is also a consideration. MD's hire primarily CMA's and LPN's. The few that hire RN's are specialists that want nurses with several years of hospital experience in that specialty. Of course, the specialty areas in the hospital usually want nurses with at least a year of med-surg experience. New grads CAN get hired in a specialty area, but only if they agree to work for that facility 18-24 months after completing training. (Understandable, I guess, given the costs of training a new nurse.)
  6. by   bionurse
    I really don't know. But I plan to start working on my Master's in Biology next summer during my break. I have worked in education as a high school teacher, a community college instructor and as a Pathologists' Assistant. I feel that one can nevr have too much education.