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The Night the Professor Became a Nurse


Who in their right mind would give up being an English teacher, an English professor no less who taught writing at Tufts University, to become a nurse?

After having my son, I realized I wanted a job where I was expected to care about people, not grade or judge them. Then I had my twins, and my world turned inside out and upside down with the physical challenges of the pregnancy. The midwives who helped me through the pregnancy left a lasting impression, and when I mentioned my admiration for them, a friend who's a nurse told me, "You could do that job."


Mahage, LPN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 1 years experience.

Wow, can I ever relate to her story. I don't have one specific incident that I can say has done it for me, but a bunch of events that culminated in my awareness that I have done the right thing in going from a successful career on the down side of midlife as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to a career as a fledgling RN. I love it, and wouldn't go back! I am glad I bring my skills and experience with me however and hope and believe that it will mesh really well when I become an FNP.


WalkieTalkie, RN

Specializes in CVICU.

I know an ER doc who has her PhD in English and also taught at a university before going to med school!

Hi HM2Viking,

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Edit: March 1: OK, just figured it out....a simple copy and paste.

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I know an ER doc who has her PhD in English and also taught at a university before going to med school!

Well this one just sounds like one of those degree collectors haha. But I do know many people who are making similar career changes. Gone are the days of choosing one career in your early twenties and sticking with it until you retire. I myself decided to enter into healthcare after I realized i was miserable in the legal field. Its never too late to do what you want to do.

magnolia nurse

Specializes in ICU, ER, RESEARCH, REHAB, HOME HEALTH, QUALITY. Has 40 years experience.

good for you, go for it.. ..

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