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Nursing as a Second Career

Nursing as a Second Career

Laura Wisniewski RN, BS, CIC

How nurses can help

The following suggestions will help attract others to nursing. Speak positively about the nursing profession. Tell your friends and family about the work you do as a nurse. Encourage those expressing an interest in becoming a nurse. Share information about resources in your community. Treat all new nurses, including second career nurses with respect. Become a mentor.

Finding solutions to the nursing shortage requires the active involvement of all nurses. Those considering nursing as a profession, watch as we go about our daily work. They listen to what we say and do. We send powerful messages with our actions and attitudes. What message are you sending?


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    Career change may be difficult for some; especially shifting to the nursing field. I especially admire those people who have so much compassion in their hearts who are willing to serve and care for other people despite their age! Very inspiring story...

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    over 1 year ago

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    Shirly's stroy like as my dream to be a nurse. After my mother passed away in the hospital at the Holy cross Providence Hospital in Northridge, Ca, I want to be a nurse and help senior patients. In my experience, the all hospital's health staff did not care to mother, I looked doctors and nurses did not wash their hands and touched patients; therefore, the patients infected to bacteria and died at the hospital. They did not care because the patients are old. Many young nurses do not care correctly to patients because they do not know well how treat the old aged patients. It is sad even though young nurses are going to be old in the future why they did not care and willing to be good care to them. The nursing industries need to be a change to take care of seniors correctly and well. If they are like young age, their behaviors are different than they are treating old patients.

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    maxleo

    almost 3 years ago

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    Hopefully, I will finish next year my master in nursing and I will be able to live my childhood dream: helping people. Now I work in our family business and I like it but this isn't my vocation, I love to help and care for ones who need attention. It is never late to change you career, it is hard but everything good in this life is hard to get.

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    jerika12

    about 3 years ago

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    I have been a medical transcriptionist for 26 years and I have recently been laid off from my job due to it going to voice recognition. I have always wanted to become a nurse, but am I nuts at the age of 48 to be going back to school to get a nursing degree? I know in my heart and soul that I am a caretaker and love helping people. Any suggestions?

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    Norana

    about 4 years ago

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    Since age 21 I wanted to be a nurse. Back then I was accepted in a pre-nursing program, but did not attend because I was afraid that I would not make the grade since I was not good in math, and not much better in the sciences. Since then, I have obtained a Bachelor's in Business Administraiton, and a Master's in Human Resources Management. After being let go from my $80K a year banking job, I have now taken the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse - at the grand old age of 47!!!!. However, the uncertainty in math and science is still handing around. Any advice, suggestions, words of wisdon???

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    dleg6380

    over 4 years ago

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    I am 43 years old and I am an accountant. I have 72K in student loan debt and I am 5 classes away from a MBA degree. I hate accounting. I worked as a CNA for 9 years until I injured my back and had to quit. I was told by a doctor to give up my dream. Well 7 years ago I had surgery and I am now back to normal. I really want to pursue the accelerated BSN degree but that is 30K more in student debt and I have 2 kids in college, 1 is in last year and the other will be in the second year. My husband thinks I am bi-polar and crazy. He says we can't afford it and that I have to pay the loans back, but with a accounting job making 40K a year, is not going to help much in paying the loans back and I hate the job. I would rather help others than deal with peoples financial messes everyday. I think taking the LPN or ADN a waste of money since I would want to advance the the BSN eventually because that is just me. I say 16 months of suffering will pay off in the end and a lot faster then going to community college way... what do you think?

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    over 5 years ago

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    I was a teen parent I am know 33 with my oldest graduating H.S. in June. so far the Lord Jesus has blessed with a good job to take care of my family. I am happily married and with the boost from my husband and children they say I should go for my dream. Not only am I going to fulfill this dream on my own but with my daughter when she graduates. Yay :):) Good Luck and God Bless everyone who has the heart to go after there dreams no matter what age.

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    over 5 years ago

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