Leave nursing for what??

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Have you ever daydreamed about getting into another field besides nursing? I haven’t really thought too much about it (well, besides the 3AM daydream I have about quitting when it’s a really BAD night at work) until today, when I got a call from my mom, My mom, a retired diploma nurse who burned out in the 90’s, said, “Amy, there is life after nursing.”  She was responding to a rant of mine over people as BIG business, nursing shortages, and a cut in my pay (all for another blog).

I hung up and started thinking of all the things I would rather do than work all this weekend at the hospital…

I’d love to go back to school full-time and learn to be a midwife…but I don’t have the $$$, and I hate studying. 😉

Cutting hair always sounded fun to me…but the customer satisfaction piece of that seems even crazier than nursing! I wonder if people are harder on the bad hairdresser than the bad nurse?

Party planning would be great–but I think after the first party, I would get bored and question if my job had any real purpose.

Would love to have my own bookstore/coffee shop, but only if I can hang out in an easy chair all day and read.

Crafting (knitting, scrapbooking, crocheting) for money seems like it would fun, but crafting for other people? Not so much. I like to keep what I craft!

And then there are the bellys: how could I stop wishing, every time I saw a pregnant belly, that I was an L&D nurse still? There are just some things I love about my job–so it seems I’m just not ready to hang up my nursing cap, yet! But I’m going to keep some ideas on the back burner, just in case…

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Amy Bozeman

Amy is many things: a blogger, a nurse, a wife, a mom, a childbirth educator. She started her journey towards a career in nursing when she got pregnant with her first child. After nursing school and studying "like she has never studied before" she entered the nursing profession eager to get her feet wet. The first years provided her with much exposure to sadness, joy and other complex human emotions. She feels that blogging is a wonderful outlet and a way for nurse bloggers to further build their community. Traditionally, midwives have handed down their skill set from midwife to apprentice midwife. She believes nurses have this same opportunity: to pass from nurse to new nurse the rich traditions of this profession.
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3 Responses to Leave nursing for what??

  1. Burnseydog

    I was thinking just this week to become a Disney princess. It is such a happy career. Well someone at work blasted that dream last night. They provided the argument about kids that are screaming and pulling on my beautiful gown with their chocolate covered fingers. Disney probably has a “policy” stating that all uniforms must kept free of blemishes. Oh well. I think I will stick with nursing.

  2. Granny RN RN

    I believe that most nurses, if we are honest about it, have at one time or other seriously considered leaving the profession and doing ‘something else’. The trick is to be able to decide ‘whatever else’ will give you the same level of income, satisfaction and feeling of doing something that ‘makes a difference’ for somebody every day.
    Nursing is one of those things that wraps itself around your heart and it is an IMPORTANT

  3. Granny RN RN

    I believe that most nurses, if we are honest about it, have at one time or other seriously considered leaving the profession and doing ‘something else.. The trick is to be able to decide what kind of ‘something else’ will give you the same level of income, stimulation and feeling of doing things that ‘makes a difference’ for somebody every day.
    Nursing is one of those things that wraps itself around your heart and it is an IMPORTANT type of work which does not ‘shut down’ on Friday at 5 pm.
    Remember that it takes special people to do nursing well and there are just not that many who are ‘called’ to it.
    A school teacher told me that trying to make a living doing one of her hobbies would take the fun out of it!

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