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Switching careers to nursing. who has done it?

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I am thinking of going back to school to become an RN. My wife is an RN and like most nurses she does work hard, has her bad days, but also has some very rewarding days to go along with a decent salary and a stable job. I'm currently working as a computer programmer and have done so for about 10 years now but I feel like I'm treading water in my career and have for a few years lost some of my motiviation to keep going on my current career path. I see my wife's career and I see a lot to like in it. Like any career there are some disadvantages but she seems to enjoy it and finds it rewarding and having a decent salary and a stable job is never a bad thing. I'm wondering if others on here have made a mid-life career switch to nursing and how it has worked out.

piper_for_hire

Specializes in SRNA.

I was a software developer for 12 years before becoming an ICU nurse. I don't miss my corporate jobs at all.

-S

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

I am thinking of going back to school to become an RN. My wife is an RN and like most nurses she does work hard, has her bad days, but also has some very rewarding days to go along with a decent salary and a stable job. I'm currently working as a computer programmer and have done so for about 10 years now but I feel like I'm treading water in my career and have for a few years lost some of my motiviation to keep going on my current career path. I see my wife's career and I see a lot to like in it. Like any career there are some disadvantages but she seems to enjoy it and finds it rewarding and having a decent salary and a stable job is never a bad thing. I'm wondering if others on here have made a mid-life career switch to nursing and how it has worked out.

:balloons: Hello and Welcome to Allnurses.com:balloons:

Many have made the switch to the great world of nursing. Good luck with your decision.

I was a software developer for 12 years before becoming an ICU nurse. I don't miss my corporate jobs at all.

-S

How long have you been a nurse? I have a few prerequisites to get out of the way so I will have some time to think about nursing school while I do that. I feel like I'm not commited to my current career and have lost all motivation for it so I think that's a sign for me to switch to something new and nursing has many pluses.

Thunderwolf, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatric, Behavioral Health. Has 32 years experience.

Been a nurse 20 years. I don't regret it. Like any profession, there are the ups and downs, which you are aware of. It has been a very good choice.

donsterRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Cardiac Care. Has 10 years experience.

I'm 47 years old, and a freshman in a diploma program in the northeast. My previous education and experience is in Health Care Administration. I believe that I was meant to be a nurse. I love my program; it's challenging and insightful, and like any worthwhile endeavor, requires a lot of effort to succeed. I have no regrets about the path my career is taking now.

Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do. Welcome to AllNurses!

piper_for_hire

Specializes in SRNA.

Just started a few months ago. So far, so good. I know all about loosing your motivating for your current career. I just couldn't see myself sitting behind that desk saying "we'll touch base later" for another 30 years. So not for me.

-S

How long have you been a nurse? I have a few prerequisites to get out of the way so I will have some time to think about nursing school while I do that. I feel like I'm not commited to my current career and have lost all motivation for it so I think that's a sign for me to switch to something new and nursing has many pluses.

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Hi Noodles! :) Welcome aboard Allnurses! :balloons:

I switched careers in my early thirties from Real Estate to Nursing. I didn't start college to become a nurse, it wasn't until after I was halfway through that I changed majors to nursing on the advice of a friend who was also starting the nursing program at the college. The first ten years I was a nurse, I loved it, thrived in it, and didn't want to do anything different. Today, I am thinking of returning to college for another career change -- possibly education or journalism. I'm in my "second teenaged" phase of life, so I'm restless for something.............:uhoh3: :chuckle I wish you well as you begin your own nursing career. :)

HI,

Im currently a senior at brooklyn college, majoring in nutrition, but am thinking about becoming an RN. Your post comfermed what most of my friends said about nursing, that after about 10 years you'll get tired of it, and want to persue something else. How was your experience working as a nurse, and why after all these years you decide to change your mind.

Thanks, Alex

Hi Noodles! :) Welcome aboard Allnurses! :balloons:

I switched careers in my early thirties from Real Estate to Nursing. I didn't start college to become a nurse, it wasn't until after I was halfway through that I changed majors to nursing on the advice of a friend who was also starting the nursing program at the college. The first ten years I was a nurse, I loved it, thrived in it, and didn't want to do anything different. Today, I am thinking of returning to college for another career change -- possibly education or journalism. I'm in my "second teenaged" phase of life, so I'm restless for something.............:uhoh3: :chuckle I wish you well as you begin your own nursing career. :)

misschelei

Specializes in Picu, ICU, Burn. Has 8 years experience.

Hi there! My husband decided to switch to nursing at 33 after he got hurt at work and couldn't go back to a job with repetitive motion. We were living in Colorado at the time and the waiting lists there are a joke. He would have never made it so we moved back to Chicago and he is in the LPN program now. When he finishes he will take a bridge course to get the RN. This was the quickest way for us to do it.

Do some research and find out what is best for your family. It will be tough as you know but nursing is a very rewarding career and a 2 RN household has many many benefits not just monetary.

Good Luck

piper_for_hire

Specializes in SRNA.

Wow - it takes 10 years before you get tired of it? That would be great!! I get bored with anything after two or three years.

-S

HI,

Im currently a senior at brooklyn college, majoring in nutrition, but am thinking about becoming an RN. Your post comfermed what most of my friends said about nursing, that after about 10 years you'll get tired of it, and want to persue something else. How was your experience working as a nurse, and why after all these years you decide to change your mind.

Thanks, Alex

luvltc

Specializes in long term care. Has 10 years experience.

I switched careers at 31. I had worked as an accouting manager and was "let go" from the company. So, I decided to go to nursing school. Best move I ever made. I LOVE it. Best wishes. :balloons:

Hi,

I'm from Canada and working in a small IT company . I'm 32 and got the offer for the BSN program which will start at Jan 2006. Should I accept this offer? Switching from IT to nursing for me is quite a big change. I really need your advice. Thanks.

Gerry

luvltc

Specializes in long term care. Has 10 years experience.

If nursing is something that you are thinking about doing, go for it. It is so rewarding. Best wishes in whatever you decide to do. :p

i decided to switch when i was 30ish. i am taking the board test on monday. 10/03 for me i get tired easy too, maybe in 1-2 years. but with nursing i plan on becomeing a medi-vac/flight nurse. i need to have at least 5 years of icu/trauma experence before i can even apply. so i plan on doing 2 years CCU then 2 years CTU then 1-2years trauma, before i get into the medivac. after that work in either ICU/CCU/ER and as a flight nurse. if i get board after 10+years i might become a instuctor at one of the local nursing schools. i think the best part of nursing is all the different day to day jobs you can do. if your like me i hate staying in the same place year after year, you can always work for a registry and move around to different places every so often. the one thing i hate about nursing is all the politics. to get state and federal funding hospitals do things that seem to be a waste of time and energy to us but need to implement various programs to recieve there funding. seems everyone wants to talk about why you can not do this or that instead of talking about how we can get this or that done. just about every nurse i talk to was/is in the top of their class and got straight A's(makes me question their integrity). just remember no matter what people tell you nursing is still a business and the people making the decisions first thought is how much money not what is best for the patient. this can be fustrating. all and all its not a bad choice for a career. just get ready, because all your friends and there freinds and so on will be asking your opinion everytime they scratch themselves. good luck with whatever you decide to do.

I am wanting to get into a nursing program. I have a BBA in Management and would you guys suggest an ADN or BSN program for someone with a low gpa in undergrad. I have not begun science pre reqs yet the only one I've taken is Biology I &II. Also, are most of the nursing jobs 3rd shift?

i would go to the JC to get finish my prereq. classes and transfer to a bs program. just make sure you talk to whatever school and see what they will take for transfer from whatever JC you goto.

piper_for_hire

Specializes in SRNA.

The hospitals around here are all 12 hr shifts, so there's no 3rd shift. They're always hiring for days and nights.

-S

I am wanting to get into a nursing program. I have a BBA in Management and would you guys suggest an ADN or BSN program for someone with a low gpa in undergrad. I have not begun science pre reqs yet the only one I've taken is Biology I &II. Also, are most of the nursing jobs 3rd shift?
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