anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 19
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
Aug 31, '04Yes you can give too much of yourself, I know I can get that way already sometimes and I have to take a step back and realize there is only so much you can give. I now try to enjoy what I can give and know that it makes a difference in someone's life just giving what we can. God Blesses us for giving what we can to make that difference in patients lives.
Sep 4, '04Sometimes I wonder if I've made the right decision. Maybe I'm just doubting myself. I'm in my 2nd year of nursing school after being a registered dietitian for 5 years. I guess I just wanted MORE out of the medical field but never thought I had the brains or stomach for nursing. Turns out, I managed 4 years of chemistry and I love nursing so far! I guess all of us have something different to bring to nursing from our former lives. I'm starting to see already the gratitude from some of my patients during clinicals which makes all the hard work worth it.
Sep 4, '04I am one of those "late in life" nurses. I went back to nursing school after being a teacher (which I loved too). becoming a nurse is the BEST thing I ever did. I absolutly love it. There is never a day that I regret that decision or I don't want to go to work. I feel very sorry for those who do not like their nursing career. Nurses are in a great place now as far as jobs ios concerned. Go for it!
Sep 7, '04Another career changer here. I have a BA in criminal justice and worked in a secure juvenile detention facility for over six years. I realized it was soul-sucking work, but it wasn't until the birth of my son I realized I just couldn't keep it up any more. I contemplated teaching, but that actually sounded worse than than the babysitter/prison guard gig (ha ha). It took me a while to pick nursing, but I think it is a good fit for me. I have been a nursing assistant for several months now and I really enjoy it.
I saw someone is able to get their second bachelor's in two years, that is great! I am looking at about three years once I finish my science prerequisites.
Life is too short to hate your career.
Sep 7, '04This post has made me feel much better I have a BS in Management (Information Systems) and you would think I would have a super job by now. Well with my degree you have to have computer certifications or a lot of work experience to land a great job, especially here in New Orleans. Well I decided to go to school to get my MBA and focus on healthcare management. Most nurse managers I worked with as a staffing clerk (low pay, bad job) have the same MBA that I am earning, but the difference is that they are RNs. So going to nursing school will fit in with my current plan to manage other nurses (after getting some job experience).
This is not going to be an easy journey, but I believe that the rewards outweigh any pain we will have to face!! :wink2:
Sep 8, '04Go back to an accelerated program (like as associates), get the nursing and then start working. That way, the hospital you work for will more than likely pay for your coursework for your BSN. Good luck.
Sep 14, '04Just wanted to share my story...I received a B.S. in Exercise Physiology in 2001. Immediately after graduating, I began working as a Patient Care Tech, and I decided to become a nurse. I entered a BSN program and completed one year. With one year left, I decided not to pursue nursing. I had become so burned out by working as a tech and seeing what the nurses went through. I saw new grads who told me how much they hated their jobs, as well as older nurses who told me the same thing. All the nurses I talked to had only negative things to say about the profession. Plus, the disrespect nurses received from family, patients, and most of all doctors was horrendous. While I still think nursing is an honorable profession, I advise everyone to consider their options. I had wanted to be a nurse for 3 years before I actually started nursing school. I was so excited and happy about it, until the reality of the job hit me. Again, just be aware of what nursing really is like. I urge everyone to become a tech to get a taste of nursing. Then you cab see first hand if it is for you.
Happily, I found my true calling, still in the medical field. I am now getting my Master's in Occupational Therapy. I have one year behind me, and one year left, and I do not regret it at all. OT is a wonderful profession. There is more respect, much higher salary, many many options/fields to work in, and no weekends or holidays! Every OT I have talked to still loves their job after 20 years, and one even told me they loved it so much they would "do it for free." I encourage everyone, especially those with a Bachelor's degree, to explore all medical fields. You might find one that really appeals to you. If your true calling is to be a nurse, then that is awesome. Just make sure you really take the time to figure it out.
Sep 14, '04I am so sorry to hear that you feel that way. the are an awful lot of us out here who would vehemently disagree with you. MY feeling is that many new grads burn out because BSN programs do NOT teach theri students what it means to be a nurse.I eel that new grads are ill prepared to even do basic patient care, let alone have critical thinking skills. regarding respect, nurses allow themselves to be treated poorly by some docs. If you command resepct and expect it, your approach to docs will change and you will be respected. If you allow yourself to be treated poorly by docs it may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If more nurses were more inclined to take a stand and hold their ground, they's see more respect from some of the docs. Granted, there are some docs that will never chanmge but that's the way it is in any profession.Nursing was my second career (I was an elementary school teacher) and I wouldn't give it up for anything.
Sep 14, '04Thank you for both for sharing your stories and insights. I am still thinking over my issue of nursing vs. SLP. I find that the range of both professions provides greater choices and flexibility than I have had as a teacher. I read these thougths and think about the real needs of people in health care, education. What a waste that we have both an educational and health care system that burn professionals up and out. I don't have any real answers, but I do want to keep asking the question: how can we create work cultures that help us to care for people? We have to take care of one another, and also allow professionals to take care of some issues themselves (more autonomy). I can't help but wonder if both teachers and nurses suffer from the "female ghetto" syndrome. I don't know, but I do appreciate your stories. Good luck to everyone :stone :angryfire
Sep 14, '04I have always fwelt that I had more flexibility as a nurse than I did when I was a classroom teacher.
Sep 21, '04Hi All!!
Firstly, great thread. Everyone is so helpful.
My story is similar to so many on this thread. I am a 26 year old Irish male Engineer and I HATE my profession. I sit in my front of my computer all day, don't speak to anyone and have to listen to the daily moan of management who think they are so important when really they do nothing worthwhile or constructive.
I am definitely a peoples person and problem solver and have been toying around with the idea of Nursing or Social Work for the past year. I have been accepted into a 2 year BSN in Sydney,Oz starting in January but I still am undecided wheter or not to go for it. I hear alot of nurses are burnt out, and there are alot of negative points on this board. I just don't want to be in a position where I hate my profession again in 3 years time. I suppose the reasons I am considering Nursing is that I want a challenge, people focussed job, with lots of opportunities and the ability to travel. I suppose I also have a bit of an issue with being a male in nursing. How will I be treated?? Is it also true that males progress quicker in Nursing?One part of me is telling me just go for it, but there is something holding me back, the fear of making a huge mistake I suppose!! I have done some shadowing in hosiptals and I did feel like I could fit in to that environment.
Also,are there any social workers reading this. Im doing some social work voluntary work at the moment. Which would be a better move nursing or social work?
Any help would be gr8!
Sep 21, '04I have never regretted my change into nursing and I never will. As far as the question posed about men in nursing, I think it is WIDE OPEN for me. In fact, I think that men are sought after even more because they are men! Put together being a man with a masters (maybe an NP) and you have a wonderful career. To the man who posed the question......go talk to some male nurses where you live, if possible. I think it's a great field for everyone. no matter what sex you are!
Sep 21, '04I applaud you for truly thinking about your choices. What I hear over and over again is about burn-out, Drs treating you terribly etc... There are so many opportunities for nursing outside of the hospital. You can be a researcher, work with seniors, be a camp nurse, school nurse, travelling nurse, work with the Peace Corps, work at shelters, teach, run a health club, private duty nursing, the opportunities are endless. Yes, it is best to get some experience on the hospital floor, let it be a stepping stone if you want for the area you truly want to be in. As 2nd career people, do what you truly want to do. This is an opportunity that not a lot of people are corageous to act on. I am changing my whole life at 38, back in school, waiting tables etc... (used to be in a suit everyday) so I can learn and do what I truly want to do and to be. We all know what we don't want to do and we will figure out what and where we want to be eventually. Our opportunities in nursing are what you make them out to be.