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what did you have a previous degree in before you went into nursing?

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Nonyvole, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency.

BS in biology. And I was a paramedic, which is what really made me decide to go into nursing.

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

I have a B.A with majors in Russian Literature, and European Studies. Graduated in 2009 so no way I was going to get a gov't job like I planned (wanted to do state dept.). Ended up working Patent Law for 3 years, first as an admin then as a paralegal. I had to leave because for the second time in as many years I was being a full-time caregiver to a very ill family member and couldn't handle being full-time for both family and work. Realized caregiving is a huge part of who I am. I'm now working as a CNA and going through the pre-reqs for nursing school.

In a big way I'm coming back to a lot of my childhood interests and rediscovering who I actually am again.


Specializes in Oncology. Has 14 years experience.

I have a BA in English with a Spanish minor. I worked for an IT consulting startup company as HR manager and did various other office management jobs before starting the nursing program when I was 28. I basically got laid off twice in a year and wanted some job stability. I have a lot of nurses in my family.

I've been an Onc nurse for 7 years.

Edited by sistrmoon

I have a be in elementary ed, and half a masters in English as a second language instruction. I taught for 9 years and knew the entire time it was not for me. I am a can while in school and even on my worst day I still love it more than teaching.

Racer15, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED. Has 5 years experience.

I have a BSA in animal health technology. Loved being a vet tech but the pay was lousy. Grandpa told me he'd pay my way if I went to nursing school so I said what the heck. Now I'm an ER nurse. Miss working with animals a heck of a whole lot but can't beat the pay I get now.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I've told this story before...I was accepted to three regional state universities during my senior year of high school, but instead worked a string of dead-end jobs well into my early twenties before enrolling in a fast track LVN program.

I once worked at McDonald's, Wienerschnitzel, Target, the 99 Cent Store, a temp agency, two grocery stores, a couple of direct care gigs, and finally a paper products factory for three years.

In essence, I did not have a career prior to nursing. Rather, I had a string of jobs that offered mostly low pay and no chance for advancement.

Mine is Manufacturing technology and an I am an English major. I have left nursing and returned to manufacturing. I still keep my license current and will be doing perdiem work soon.