I started nursing school at 40, so I've had a variety of jobs before nursing. I've been a veterinary assistant, counselor in a halfway house with mentally ill adults, worked in a group home with abused and neglected teens, PDX operator in a hospital, skills trainer with developmentally delayed adults, worked for Macy's a couple of times, worked as a webmaster, in marketing, as a freelance graphics designer, and at one point had a home business making infant slings. It's been a crazy ride! I hated all of the desk jobs and kept coming back to working with people in need, even though those jobs were the hardest. I love helping people and truly love that aspect of being a nurse.