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What was your job before you became a nurse?


Before you became a nurse, what were you doing/what was your job then? Just curious!


Specializes in everywhere.

Pharmacy tech, bookkeeper, LVN to RN. Interested in the replies........

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 20 years experience.

I was a cashier/stock clerk/floral clerk at a chain grocery store. Then a aide, then a extern.


Has 2 years experience.

Not a nurse yet, a CNA in school. Carpenter actually.

I'm not a nurse, but I am looking into several programs...but just for those who may also be curious about where new students are coming from...

I am a SAHM, have been for about 12 years. I have a background in Graphic Arts, but I had to take care of my dad the last few years of his life, he lived with us and my experience with that sparked my interest in nursing.

My :twocents:!


Specializes in LTC, MDS Cordnator, Mental Health. Has 9 years experience.

Waitress, Grocery Clerk, bookkepper, office manager and Insurance agent. CNA, Lpn and now RN,

This was the smartest thing I have ever done.

1TachyRN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac, Adolescent/Child Mental Health. Has 2 years experience.

Retail, cleaned houses, went to medical assistant school, did that for about 8 years and then went back to school for nursing. I've been an RN for a little over a year now.:yeah:

I did everything.....waitress, bartender, short order cook, pizza chain manager, photographer studio secretary, real estate secretary and gopher, camp counselor, health club desk attendant...and the list goes on!


Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, ED.

Project Engineer for Applied Materials in Santa Clara CA.


Specializes in None.

High school student!!!

crb613, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg/Tele/ER. Has 7 years experience.



Has 2 years experience.

Waitress, Grocery Clerk, bookkepper, office manager and Insurance agent. CNA, Lpn and now RN,

This was the smartest thing I have ever done.

OK, just for fun. I was a union carpenter and a licensed construction supervisor in the state of Massachusetts. That is my "go to" qualification as I worked on historic buildings and dealt with people who had history degrees and used them to hurt people. I did that for about 14 years. Here is my whole list: (not in order)

1) Construction laborer

2) Asbestos remover

3) Gas station attendant

4) Landscape worker

5) Temp worker for Kodak

6) Temp worker for BJ's

7) Order picker for an ostomy product vendor

8) Janitor

9) Radio Shack salesman

10) Home security salesman

11) Security guard

12) Tool administrator

13) Engineering technician

14) ACC for Alaska State Parks

15) Painter

16) CNA

17) telephone installer

18) mailroom clerk

19) News Photographer for an ABC affiliate

20) Is not filled in yet

Oh my God, look at this list! In my defense, 2/3'rds of these jobs were prior to age 24. I was trying to make that extra 50 cents an hour and I became bored very easily.

The truth is I was a high school dropout and this is what happens without a formal education.



Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89. Has 30 years experience.

High School,

1 year at diploma nursing school

2 year business degree, part time auto repair garage secretary

property title searcher for my father (Realtor)

secretary 6 mo. typed papers for HS and college students

2 1/2 years BSN school


nursing assistant during the 2 years hub was stationed in army in Alabama,

telephone long distance operator #128

mommie for 9 more,

Medical Assistant to General Practitioner,

College of Nursing->RN

RN at same doctor total 7 years MA and RN

OR Circulator, 1 year

Oncology nurse, 1 year

Health Department/Child and Youth/WIC/EPSDT 1 year

Vocational Rehabilitation Nurse

Orthopedics the next 22 years

Back Injured Nurse since then :(

Found allnurses.com and felt very welcomed indeed.

Well . . .if you are going to list them ALL . . . .:D


Waitress/Maid at a resort

Horse trainer



Office help at a lumbar mill

Typing Tutor to man with C/P

Shakey's Pizza

Secretary at computer firm

Sales/Concierge on the Queen Mary

Kelly Girls

Payless Shoes

Grocery store clerk

Physical Therapy Tech

Stay at home mom and homeschooling mom


Medical Assistant/Waitress


(RN-BSN program starts in May)



Specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response. Has 16 years experience.

Farrier for 4 years during high school.

Medic with army infantry 5 years.

LPN 1 year.

Dairy farmer (WAY more than full time) / part time LPN for 9 years.

RN for 2 years now.

ann945n, RN

Specializes in Nursing Ed, Ob/GYN, AD, LTC, Rehab. Has 4 years experience.

Hostest, Buyer, Baker, CNA, LPN, Now RN!!!

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