Demographic and previous career details:
how long have you been a nurse? 18 mo
What was your previous career? Bartender
Did you receive a college degree in that specialty? No, but I have a prior BS
How long did you work in your previous career? 8 years
What was the hardest part about changing careers? No longer being one of the best in my field, and losing the ready access to cash
What was your motivation in changing from your previous career? I had one of the best jobs imaginable - but the field is so precarious that it was time to learn something new while I was at the top. The older you get, the fewer opportunities you have in the bar business.
did you make more or less money in your previous career compared to nursing? Slightly more, at my last job.
What qualities do you possess (if any) from your previous career that help you in the nursing field? People skills, "customer service," time management, multitasking
Was your first career in the healthcare field? No
Is there anything you would change, in regards to your career choices if you could go back in time? I would have majored in something different the first time I went to school, so I didn't waste an entire degree.
Do you regret choosing the Nursing field as your second career option? Not yet
Rate your previous career, 1-10, or, how happy were you with your previous career vs how happy are you with nursing? 7
what prevented you from becoming a nurse earlier? Never thought about it when I was young. The public perception that nurses don't need a ton of education, and are just "doctor's helpers" led to the profession not crossing my mind until I was older and actually got to know some RNs.
On being a nurse:
Why the nursing field as opposed to another discipline? So many opportunities to advance
Are you worried about 'burning out' on being a nurse? Becoming too reliant alcohol or drugs for coping/escape? No
How do you feel about the glorious American healthcare system? [rate it 1-10, or RANT!]
It's broken, and we need universal single payer health care yesterday.
On being a nursing student:
Did you have another job while in nursing school? I continued to bartend, although for much less than I used to make
What obstacles do you/did you face being a student? It was just time consuming.
Which class is most important for student nurses? Med surg, patho
Which is the least? Ethical/legal, leadership
What other classes do you feel student nurses should be required to take?