What career did you have before nursing?

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Guttercat, ASN, RN

Has 30 years experience. 1,342 Posts

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Excited to do something real and of value along with being a glorified Cinderella to silly bosses.

Fixed it for you. :D

diva rn

diva rn, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, ICU, Hospice, Mgmt, DON. Has 18 years experience. 963 Posts

I'd click on the little "kudo button" on your post but one was not there.

Quite a background, you have.

Thanks, I was trying to convey that although I was not one of those people who always wanted to become a nurse..in fact I never did...nursing has been a good career for me, it's paid the bills and I have been able to work in a variety of venues so I have never been bored...maybe frustrated many times..but never bored!

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience. 6,089 Posts

I managed a Cumberland Farms. Dreadful company. Regional manager was piggish and told me when I quit he knew I wouldn't last because I was too smart!:coollook: Was going to go to secretarial school...took the test they gave me. Was supposed to put in the correct capital letters. I fixed the punctuation and cleaned up the syntax. Was told I was too smart for the school.:cool: Tried to get a job at the local newspaper since I had a degree in English, but I didn't know how to type. So at the old age of 26, off I went to nursing school because it was a recession proof job. I didn't want to be a nurse before I started school. After a few weeks in school, I couldn't imagine doing anything else....well Queen of Spain, but that job was taken. Almost 30 years later it was still one of the best decisions I ever made.:nurse:

sunnycalifRN

sunnycalifRN

Has 6 years experience. 902 Posts

Before nursing, was a respiratory therapist for 10 yrs. Great preparation for working in ICU! Before that, worked in high tech for 14+ yrs.

otis333

otis333

1 Post

I was driving a bus, working in advertisement for a shipping corporation and owned a pottery business...all at the same time! Went back to school a third time and graduated with a BSN at age 53. Never looked back. So far, nursing has been good for me.

kayak133

kayak133

Specializes in on the fence about nursing. 46 Posts

Retail; Teacher: licensed and taught in: PA, NJ, and NC; currently an insurance agent. Volunteered with: Monmouth County Park System, Hamilton Hospital...this is going way back...and also volunteered a CentraState Medical Center. Working on RN at 42 years old...don't worry, Julibyrd...have friend who is 52 years old and has been working on her RN since 2005....she takes some time to enjoy the road of life while getting where she wants to be :-).

Guttercat, ASN, RN

Has 30 years experience. 1,342 Posts

I managed a Cumberland Farms. Dreadful company. Regional manager was piggish and told me when I quit he knew I wouldn't last because I was too smart!:coollook: Was going to go to secretarial school...took the test they gave me. Was supposed to put in the correct capital letters. I fixed the punctuation and cleaned up the syntax. Was told I was too smart for the school.:cool: Tried to get a job at the local newspaper since I had a degree in English, but I didn't know how to type. So at the old age of 26, off I went to nursing school because it was a recession proof job. I didn't want to be a nurse before I started school. After a few weeks in school, I couldn't imagine doing anything else....well Queen of Spain, but that job was taken. Almost 30 years later it was still one of the best decisions I ever made.:nurse:

Warts and all (and there are many) it is an exquisite profession.

What other profession can make you go home, shut the blinds, turn off the phone, whimper on your couch and suck the lifeblood out of you on a daily basis, yet somehow, mysteriously... replace it with something better?

julibyrd

julibyrd

27 Posts

Retail; Teacher: licensed and taught in: PA, NJ, and NC; currently an insurance agent. Volunteered with: Monmouth County Park System, Hamilton Hospital...this is going way back...and also volunteered a CentraState Medical Center. Working on RN at 42 years old...don't worry, Julibyrd...have friend who is 52 years old and has been working on her RN since 2005....she takes some time to enjoy the road of life while getting where she wants to be :-).

Love it, thanks!! :)

seashells2011

seashells2011

Specializes in med-surg, dementia. Has 1 years experience. 20 Posts

I was a floral designer for 15 years and owned my own business for seven of those years while being a full time mom. I started nursing school at 39 and became an RN at 43. While in school I worked as a nanny for a little over a year and as a personal assistant to cognitively challenged individuals for a year and half.

Mom first always!!!

julibyrd

julibyrd

27 Posts

Mom:)

Yes, I am a mom too! Hardest job in the world! But soooooo worth it!!!! :)

SHGR, MSN, RN, CNS

Specializes in nursing education. 2 Articles; 1,406 Posts

Nursing is my first career, unless you count all the crappy jobs I did to put myself through school- waitress, hotel maid were the main two. I was a traditional student, got my BSN in nursing right out of high school. Seems like I'm in the minority here!

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docteri

docteri

42 Posts

Chiropractor, Obama Care is the death to private practice!