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    Lawyer who is a nurse

    I am one of those "oops, I don't like this" lawyers who is looking to become a nurse. Luckily, I am debt free. If I were not, I would not have the luxury of looking for a new career as not many jobs pay as well as law. Be VERY sure you want to be a lawyer before taking the leap. Out of all of my law school friends, I know very few who are happy with their profession. Those that are work as prosecutors or district attorneys and make very little money when you consider how long they went to school.
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    Lawyer to Nurse

    Paco386 (and anyone else), what type of experience did you have with volunteering at the hospital? I am interested in doing this, but all the volunteer positions I can find are basically desk jobs that would not allow me to work with or observe nurses. I want to find a volunteer position that can help me determine if this career is for me. Any suggestions?
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    Lawyer to Nurse

    Thanks everyone for resurrecting the old thread! I love all the new points of view and am so excited to learn there are so many lawyers out there who have made the leap to nursing. It is very encouraging. I am still a practicing attorney, about to start prereqs for nursing school. My plan is to see how/if I enjoy the science classes (I have many to take as I was a business undergrad) then do some shadowing, and then begin an accelerated BSN if I still think this is the path for me.
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    Lawyer to Nurse

    EnRsmom, it sounds like I have a job very similar to the one you left. I am in corporate litigation at a large firm and pretty much handcuffed to my blackberry 24/7. To those who think that being a lawyer provides autonomy, yes and no. As a lawyer your work is completely client driven, and you may have a choice in when to complete it, but with client and court deadlines, and only 24 hours in each day, that autonomy doesn't feel like a pro of the job, it feels like a definite con. Thanks for all of the replies. It definitely gives me something to think about. And yes, ProgressiveThinking, the way the legal market is right now, I would not reccommend going to anything less than a Tier 1 school. Even so, those who graduate at the bottom of their class will find it difficult to find a decent paying job.
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    Lawyer to Nurse

    Thanks for the replies. It's nice to know I am not alone. All of the searches I have conducted on this site have nurses going back to law school, not the other way around. And, I fully realize the salary will be lower in nursing, and am prepared for that. I want a career that I enjoy, and that I feel makes a difference.
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    Lawyer to Nurse

    I am considering a career change from law to nursing. I am a practicing attorney and am very unhappy in my current career. I am actually one of the lucky ones who did very well in law school and, as a result, have a very "good" law job, with an excellent salary. However, I dread coming to work every day and count the minutes until I get to go home, only to do it over and over again. The law is an isolating profession. Many days I interact with no one all day except my secretary. Everything is done online over e-mail. I also want my time away from my family to be worth something - to make a positive impact on someone else. Has anyone else made this career change? Am I crazy?
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