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Old 06-29-2019, 08:23 AM
 
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Hi all, I'm looking for some guidance. I'm 37 and looking for a career change. I currently work in the design field but feel like it's somewhat dead-end. I am looking into both Education and Nursing. I like both for different reasons... I love children and have 2 of my own. I would love to work with kids and the idea of having somewhat the same schedule as my kids would be wonderful plus all the benefits. I also thought about the idea of Nursing. I have several schools locally that I could apply to and there is no waitlist... and the idea of helping people is great as well as the benefits and the pay. I just dread going back to school and being away from my kids. I have a BS degree so either way I have to go back to school. I just would love some insight. I know there are pros and cons to both.
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Old 06-29-2019, 09:34 AM
 
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If you don't care about money, be a school nurse... There is a shortage there because nurses can make 50% more elsewhere
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:15 PM
 
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Thank you. I obviously like the better pay but I’m sure anything is better than how much I’m paid now.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:36 PM
 
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Nursing vs. Teaching: Choosing a Career that Makes a Difference

Nursing Vs. Teacher: Which Is a Better Career?

Do you want to be in a field dealing with sick and dying patients as well as their families, or in a field dealing with potentially dangerous students that will be hostile towards you?

I know what my choice would be.
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Old 07-02-2019, 06:53 PM
 
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Also, something very important:

Get an internship while in school.

Except for sales or Mcjobs, there are no entry level jobs that require no experience. You have to get around that catch-22.
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Old 07-03-2019, 03:02 AM
 
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You should sub in the schools and volunteer in the hospitals so you can see what it is really like.
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Pittsford, NY
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I think it might depend on what kind of nursing as well. Many good points made already, but understand anything medical related is being paperworked or electronic medical recorded (EMR) to death now. If you have a vision of helping people but spend all day in medical records that isn't the same thing obviously. Yet so much of the medical field is being sucked into this ridiculous EMR junk, coding junk, administrative junk, troubleshooting medical record systems, etc. If you can do real helping people and not that stuff that might be the way to go if you pick nursing. Less of that in education, but there is perhaps more politics (no personal experience though).
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:30 PM
 
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Education like teaching? Since you already have children, I'm sure you know that an elementary school teacher needs have some basic knowledge and interest in ALL subjects: history, social science, math, English, literature, art. And juggling 30 children all at once in the same room.

But nursing, you'd only have to enjoy or be good at 1-2 subjects, or at least fewer subjects than teaching. But only dealing with 1 patient at a time.
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Old 07-06-2019, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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[quote=saltwater_gypsy;55574340]You should sub in the schools and volunteer in the hospitals so you can see what it is really like.[/QUOTE/]

good suggestion, but I'd pick nursing (and not in a school). Dead end.
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