anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 25

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   amyrae76
    Hi JasonPB,

    I'm the original poster, and I wanted to encourage you to go for it. I went through with it, and now I've been a nurse for 6 1/2 years. I totally get everything you said about the corporate world, and I've never regretted leaving it for a second. Like you said, every job has its negatives, but if you can work in a field you truly find meaningful, it can make all the difference at the end of a rough day.

    So the answer is, NO! You're NOT crazy for considering this!

  2. by   FSUNurse2b
    Hi Amy,

    Wow, you first posted about your career change back in 2003 and here I am asking the same question! Thank you so much for your advice. You are so right, it is just hard to find any "meaning" within the corporate world. Kind of a big move for me, considering I've been doing this for 6 years and have my M.B.A. Oh well, sometimes it takes working in one profession to realize that its not for you.

    Thanks again.
  3. by   FSUNurse2b

    How did things work out in regards to nursing? Feel free to read my post from this thread a few days ago....

  4. by   signet
    I see all of the enthusiastic responses and it makes me think of how I was back in 2005. I got laid off from a furniture factory and went to school for LPN. I had such high hopes. Then I started working in long term care. Taking care of 30 pts. Getting hit, spit on, sworn at, ect.. by those same people I was trying to help. Getting blamed by management for not being able to accomplish the impossible. Working every holiday and every other weekend and missing out on family time. I got plantar faciitis and two bad knees. I attribute this to chasing dementia patients up and down the hall for eight to ten hours a day, while trying to get my work done and fill out endless paperwork.
    Finally, I had enough. There were a few rewarding moments, but they were few and far between. I was offered an office job and thanked god for the chance to get out of LTC. I was bored stiff sitting in front of a computer all day, but it beat the heck out of the nursing home. Now, my father is ill and needs constant care. I will give up this office job the end of Jan to become a nurse again. This time I'll only have one patient. I pray that we can qualify for a program through the VA that will pay me something to do this. It will be much less than what I'm making now. Nursing can be rewarding, but it can also eat you up and spit you out. I just think you should look at the good as well as the bad before changing careers voluntarily. These days many people are changing them involuntarily. My time in LTC was when there was an abundance of jobs to be had. I'd ahte to think of how things run with a shortage of jobs.
  5. by   baskew64
    Hi folks. Lots of posts here! I read the first few...then the last few. I'm sure I missed a lot of great comments, but have the overall idea (I think).

    I'm like several of you, but I have been in the corporate world now for over 20 years. I'm not at a point where I can make a career change just yet (gotta get my kids through college), but I am thinking about it. I have to get away from the desk job eventually.
    Nursing has been popping up in my mind for a few years. I can't even remember how/when/why, but it keeps coming up.

    I really am only scratching the surface of looking into this. But I thought I would post here partly to see what people think of this as a career change a little bit later in life (hey, I'm not that old!). I saw where several men posted in the past year about making this career change...any older (late 40s) guys like myself doing the same thing? Or does anyone know someone not on this site who has made a similar career change?

    Also, as I'm digging around for basic info...what are some good online resources? Honestly...I'm just starting and don't know the difference between an CNA, AA, LPN and RN (well I sort of do, but you know what I mean).


  6. by   rammstein
    I am so mad at myself for not majoring in nursing when I got my bachelor's the first time! I've always been interested in medicine, but doing it as a career just seemed too scary I guess. Now that I've sat at a desk for a couple years, I've found myself going back to school for nursing. It would have been so much easier to do this all at once back then, but I guess everything happens for a reason and who knows how different my life would be now if I'd changed my major six years ago.