anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 24

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   princessgail
    I changed carries in my 40's a went back to school for nursing and just graduated in May of this year. Go for it, if it is something you have always wanted to do I say go for it. Will it be hard, yes but an older student I think does better because they are sometimes more serious about school then the younger one are.
  2. by   TrickieTam
    I'm 28 yrs old and I have went from CNA to Cosmetologist now Nursing. I'm still a CNA right now and I think healthcare is my calling. Its what I've always known.
  3. by   EmmyTheSquirrel
    For 7 years I worked as a Project Engineer at a tier one automotive supplier. I have an AS in Mechanical Engineering. I let others talk me out of going into nursing when I started college. I would not change the experience I had as an Engineer for anything. I am MUCH happier as a nurse (LPN) now. I am 10 months away from my state board exams for RN....can't wait to get that!
  4. by   sesterces
    I to cannot stand sitting at a desk all day, seeing the same people day after day after day, its like a nightmare. SOOOOOOOOOOOO boring. My favorite job was waiting tables I sometimes wonder if college was worth it. But I think I'm gonna start my prereq in January I hope I know what I'm doing. I figure at least it won't be boring, and there will always be a job out there.
  5. by   piper_for_hire
    That's funny! I always said the same thing. Waiting tables was much better than my boring-arse desk job and you'll use those waiter talents in nursing.


    Quote from sesterces
    I to cannot stand sitting at a desk all day, seeing the same people day after day after day, its like a nightmare. SOOOOOOOOOOOO boring. My favorite job was waiting tables I sometimes wonder if college was worth it. But I think I'm gonna start my prereq in January I hope I know what I'm doing. I figure at least it won't be boring, and there will always be a job out there.
  6. by   shadowrose81
    I was/have been in the game industry for 4 years, first in Customer Service and then in game design. I'm switching to become a nurse. I just can't see myself doing such a fruitless job for the rest of my life. It was going to go no where and was very unstable. I've always wanted to be a nurse, but the urge and want kinda went dormate when so many changes were going through my life; I moved from New York to California, married my soul mate and then moved to Texas! (woo!) I'm going to be a CNA on Orthropedics. I'm excited. Next, my ADN!
  7. by   justjayj
    I am in the exact same situation. I have just finished up all my general ed classes and accounting classes to transfer to a state university. I have been working with a great accounting firm that is giving me tons of experience in accounting, but I just can't stand the number crunching. I've been racking my brain to figure out what I want to do with my life. I've been trying to decided between nursing and being a teacher. I finally decided on nursing because it seems much more exciting and I know I can really make a difference in nursing.
  8. by   ELAINES
    Keep up the hard work - I wrote my post on this thread years ago. Since then I've finished my ADN, BSN and 1/3 of my MSN. It's an exciting journey! Pre-licensure classes and pre-reqs seemed the most difficult - odd isn't it?
  9. by   icequeen_ah
    I'm a medical transcriptionist. Last yr I was going to enter the surg tech program....then I was diagnosed with epilepsy and was told no way until I got everything under control.

    I'm now 6 months pregnant with our 2nd child and want to go back to school, but this time for RN. I've got my pre-requisites for Surg Tech still, so it's not the full 2 yrs....but there's only one reasonably priced school here that offers a night program so I can stay home with the little one. There is a day one near by, but it'd have to wait until he's a bit older.

    My current field is basically being phased out...either by electronic records or by companies outsourcing to India. I've always loved favorite has always been surgery, but I like other fields too, and realize that with a 2 yr RN my choices won't be as great, but from what I've seen on this board as a lurker, the general agreement is that a RN-BSN track is for me. The 4-yr school wouldn't be 4 yrs but it'll be more expensive, they have only day programs, and they don't seem to be as flexible.

    Anyhow, there's my long post. Hopefully I'll get to be in an OR, but for right now, I just want to finally finish SOMETHING and finally go work in a hospital or other place where I can help people AND help put food on the table.
  10. by   ~Taylor~
    I feel the same way!! I'm 23 yrs old and I've been doing administrative/clerical work for the past 3 years and I'm beginning to grow bored with it!! I naturally enjoy helping people and I like the flexibility that a nursing career can provide. Also, I've heard that healthcare jobs can survive the recession we're in right now!!!

    I'm going to get a CNA license for right now while going to school for the LPN or RN (haven't decided yet).
  11. by   Brian 77
    Trust me! You are not alone. I'm in exactly the same boat. I'm a Finance major, actually finished my BS degree back in December 2009. I've known for a very long time that I wanted to be part of the medical field, but never did anything about it. I stayed in these corporate positions that I absolutely hated. I job hopped from one job to another hoping that one day I would actually like what I did..... NOT. Now that I'm 32 years old, I've decided to go for my dream....which is to become a nurse. I know it's not going to be easy, but atleast I'm helping others, making a decent salary, and have flexibility as far as departments and scheduling. I cannot wait to get started. Sitting at a desk all day long staring at a computer was killing me. It even started to take a toll on my vision. I'm so happy to put all of that corporate BS behind me and pursue something that I actually want to do with my life. Good luck, I'm sure if you really want to be a nurse you will make it happen! Hang in there...
  12. by   SarahZ
    I am so glad to have found this blog! This May I will be finishing my BS in Environmental Science and have known for the past year that it is not my calling. I worked previously as a dental assistant and was considering going into nursing but let others talk me out of it before applying to my current undergrad major. Now, I know that you have to listen to your heart and not what others tell you when they are trying to detour you from what you feel you are really meant to do. I miss working with patients all day and being busy. I do not like field work and sometimes wish the trees would talk back and at least tell me "thank you" for helping conserve them. In the environmental field, it is diverse and you don't really have to sit at a desk all day. But, it requires lab work, intensive research, and hardly any human interaction. Time goes by really slow while working in the field or lab. So, with this being said, next fall I will be starting my pre-req's for, hopefully, acceptance into an accelerated BSN program. Has anyone finished a program like this? It takes four semester but it consists of two summers, fall, and spring semester. Roughly a year to finish. I am not sure what nursing field I would like to work in yet. Does anyone have a suggestion of how to figure this out? Thanks in advance for any advice!!
  13. by   FSUNurse2b
    Wow, it looks like this thread goes back a ways. I am actually "considering" a career change. I am 32 years old and have been working in the corporate world now for 6 years. I have a BBA in Finance and an MBA in Finance. I work in the banking industry as a Portfolio Manager. In other words, I manage assets for both personal and institutional clients. I will not lie, the money is very good, but not necessarily rewarding. In my profession, I constantly feel like I am trying to be somebody I am not. I do not have any sense of satisfaction, i.e., helping people. I have a base salary with a yearly bonus, so I do not get commissions, but there is always that "sales" aspect of my job. In the banking industry it is all about how much money you can manage for clients. It is extremely cut throat and there is a lot of needless small talk about issues that frankly do not matter. Both of my sisters are RNs and my wife is currently studying to become an RN. I have been in the hospital setting on numerous occassions and have heard countless stories from my sisters and wife. Of course being an RN or NP has its negatives, as does any profession, but at the end of the day, one needs to ask his/herself, "How much satisfaction did I get from my day at the job". I can honestly say that I have a hard time answering that question in my current profession in the world of finance, despite making decent money. It is certainly going to be a stretch to work toward my BSN and sacrifices will need to be made, i.e., my wife and I will be without my salary for at least a year. But I always try and remember that money is not everything. We will continue to have problems with it and without it. For these very reasons, I am considering starting an accelerated BSN program and work towards becoming an NP. Anyone out there reading this, please let me know if I'm crazy for considering this.