anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 10

Hi everyone! Is anyone else here totally changing careers to go to nursing school? I guess I'm looking for a little encouragement that it's OK for me to want to get out of the corporate/business... Read More

  1. by   chihuahuagrl
    I am also changing careers to become a nurse. I have a degree in Animal Science, and worked at an animal hospital for a few years. I was also a zookeeper for around 6 years (maybe that will be useful in dealing with unruly patients??) I lost my job a little over a year ago, and since then have been doing a lot of soulsearching. I kept coming back to medicine, and ended up looking into nursing. I am working on taking the prereq's and applying to the 2 yr ADN program next fall (it seems so far away!) This BB has been so helpful in reassuring me that I'm not too old to start this (I'm 28) and that even though I have a degree in another area, I can still follow my dreams (I plan on getting my BSN and then becoming a CRNA). Thanks so much to everyone for all of your help!

  2. by   candi361
    I will be making a complete change too, have worked in the corporate world for 18 years, the last 12+ in sales and marketing. Ugh! I am so tired of sitting behind a desk, staring into a computer, surrounded by cubicle walls, always thinking about the next big sell.

    As I mentioned in another thread here, I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 6. But my mom discouraged me from it and I didn't bring it up again. So I went on about my life -- building the aforementioned corp career, raising two children, and all the while thinking about nursing in the back of my head. It's only recently that I realized it truly is a calling for me and I need to do this.

    I too have been encouraged by this board to give it a try inspite of feeling too old (36) and worrying about past health issues that could potentially slow me down (hbp controlled with meds). But I know in my heart that if I don't give it a chance, I'll always wonder what may have been if I had just followed through.

    I'll be starting my pre-reqs in January and hope to be ready for the program by 2005. It seems so far away! But I'm excited anyway.
  3. by   eng_nurse
    You are not alone...

    I have my MS in environmental engineering, worked 3 years in the field and got tired of the billable hours, etc. I love people and want a job where I can make a difference everyday. Nursing will let me do that everyday.

    Many people have told me I am crazy to want to be a nurse, but I am following my heart. I have heard a lot of horror stories about the patient/nurse ratio, angry MDs, patients, etc. But I still want to be a nurse b/c no job is perfect.

    But I was miserable as an engineer and every job has its problems. The difference with nursing is that I get to make a difference everyday and to me that is the most important.

    I wish you lots of luck in your change of careers.

    I am in an acclerated B.S.N. program and love it. It is hard at times, but I know at the end that I will be a nurse who will be making a difference in others lives.

  4. by   JenW
    I'm in the same boat! I have a bachelors degree in Anthropology and I've been in the insurance industry (not even using my degree) for the past 5 years. I HATE IT! I just recently decided to pursue nursing. The medical field has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I'm a wife and a mother so it wasn't something I thought I could begin....and then all of a sudden my local community college started offering a part-time program for people just like me. YEAH! I decided now is the time to start realizing that dream and just go for it.
  5. by   Dublin37
    Originally posted by JenW
    I'm a wife and a mother so it wasn't something I thought I could begin....and then all of a sudden my local community college started offering a part-time program for people just like me. YEAH! I decided now is the time to start realizing that dream and just go for it.

    I'm here in S. CA, and NO ONE BUT NO ONE has a part time plan at any of the colleges, community or otherwise!! I would Love that!! So it's like do or die for 2 years! That makes me more nervous than what I'm doing. I've got two kids, and I stress out about them feeling ignored/unloved! Ooooh the guilt!
  6. by   candi361
    I don't know where you are in So Cal, but there actually is a part time nursing degree program at San Bernardino Valley College. It takes 8 semesters to complete, evenings and weekends. But I plan to bite the bullet and get it done in the standard 2 years if I can. It scares me as well to think about my kids feeling ignored! They are very supportive right now but of course, they don't realize what's ahead...
  7. by   Dr. Mak
    Amy, dear, I do not think anyone who uses the word "totally" as much as you do should never approach any career that has anything to.....edited by moderator..... I do not mean to hurt you, I am just a cynical and painfully critical person.
    Last edit by canoehead on Nov 4, '03
  8. by   Worthy
    Count me in!

    I am 33 years old. I've been around hospitals all my life - my dad is CEO of one in my hometown. My dad didn't relate well to kids (parents divorced), so for fun he would let us hang out at the hospital. It was a trip to the Palliative care unit every Christmas to visit with the patients there!

    Alas, I wasn't a great student then, and when the decision came to whether to be a nurse, or to follow my artistic side, the lack of math skills prompted me to take the artistic route. I ended up working for a large Record label for five years.

    I get somewhat annoyed with the "you don't know what it's like in the real world" posts that appear on this site, aimed at new students. Yes, I DO know what it's like. Don't assume I haven't done my research - it's condescending and you cannot judge a persons ability or drive from a five sentence post.

    After five years of the music biz, and the accompanying egos, poor pay, overwork etc. I hung out with some Very Famous People, but at the end of the day I drove a ten year old car, was eating Pasta every day and bought my clothes at Wal-mart. I packed it in to work for a transportation company five years ago. I now do payroll and office work.

    Office work, for me, is tedious. The ideal - and the real world - in Transportation is often like the world of nursing. I don't get lunches. My vacation time is dictated to me. I don't get breaks. I sometimes work 60 hour weeks, on a salary that does not pay overtime. I am verbally abused by some of the drivers we employ (not all, of course). I have been sworn at, yelled at, had things thrown at me. The owner of the company wants to fire all the diabetic employees because they are "sucking the company benefit plan dry" you see where I am going with this?

    Well, I'd sure as hell rather be doing something I want, rather than something that just pays the bills, and be abused So I've enrolled part time for nursing school. I suffer from tremendous lack of self esteem, but seem to be doing well - I consistently get grades in the mid-80's - so I think I can do it

    I never, ever want to be in my retirement years and saying "what if....?" So I'm doing despite all the negativity. If it doesn't work out, it wasn't meant to be. But I KNOW I can do it

    Good luck to all of us!!!
  9. by   kelticfairy
    I just recently put my application into school for nursing and told my bosses that most likely I am leaving next fall. I have been hear for two years planning events sitting in front of this computer and finally decided, why not. I am very excited and very scared. Good luck to you.
  10. by   victorious53
    I have been working in the corporate world in law offices for way too many years. After getting my bachelors degree i thought i wanted to go to law school. so i applied, got into all the schools i applied to, but decided i didn't want to spend all that money to do something that i knew deep down inside i didn't want to do. i have always had a passion towards something in medicine but don't want to do the med school thing either. but when i think about nursing i get a really good feeling inside, maybe because i am a natural caretaker. anyway, i am a working adult and have not been able to find a program that will allow me to work and pursue a nursing lisence at the same time. i currently live in california but will be relocating to the fort worth, texas area in probably less than 6 months so i didn't want to apply to a nursing program here. i know there are community colleges that offer nursing programs but is there any way to begin taking some of the required courses prior to applying to nursing school? i support you amy in following your heart and your dream, because i am doing the same thing. don't let any one or anything discourage you. the coporate work environment leaves much to be desired and i need much more stimulation that sitting in front of a computer, reading documents, reviewing briefs, etc. anyone out there who can steer me in the right direction - i would appreciate any and all input.
  11. by   victorious53
    i forgot to say in my earlier post that my degree is in biblical and theological studies, with a minor in applied professional studies. i have been working in law forever and i have to get out and do something more rewarding, rewarding by my standards, not anyone else's. if there is anyone out there who knows of a part-time, on-line, registered nursing program in the fort worth, tx area, and/or who can give me some information on how to go about looking for a program or point me in the right direction i would sure love it. i'm finding i am not alone by just reading the posts on this board. good luck everyone.
  12. by   maelee
    good luck in shifting.
    Last edit by maelee on Nov 25, '03
  13. by   victorious53
    actually my comments were directed to amy who just got into nursing school. however, thank you so much for your comments regarding what you are doing in nursing and your words of encouragement. in just one day i was actually able to get some information regarding nursing schools in the fort worth texas area where my husband and i will be relocating to within the next 4 - 6 months. i feel in my heart this is the thing i really want to do and i know that i will have that sense of satisfaction i have been looking for and have not found working in the corporate world. i think the job you are doing is incredible because a lot of people would not necessarily lean towards people who are emotionally, mentally, and psyciatrically challenged. god bless you! thanks again. i do have a question for you though, is it possible to work full time and go to nursing school part time, or are all the nursing programs full time making it impossible to work?