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post #1 of 8 Old 06-10-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Any Registered Nurses Out There?

I started a topic about jobs a few weeks ago- this one is more specifically for any registered nurses out there!

I'm currently in the military working with networks and computers. I do not want to do IT when I get out however, and am looking for a career path to get into. Most of the things I would love to do simply don't make the money to sustain myself comfortably. So I researched into other things to no avail.

Then I began to read up on nursing. For once I'm actually intrigued with a job outside of my working with animals dream. I've been avoiding it all this time for petty reasons and I regret that. I had the wrong perception on it. It seems flexible with good income and rewarding (although I don't think I could take the stress of working ER). I am from Houston so nursing might not be a bad deal seeing as Houston has a major medical center.

The flexibility also seems compatible for horse lovers. I've come across a good number of RN equestrians, which is why I'm asking this question!

Any registered nurses here? How do you like it? Do you find it compatible with your hobbies and lifestyle?
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-10-2012, 10:15 PM
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I'm not an RN yet but I'm an LPN and I love it :) it's very compatible for me with everything!
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-10-2012, 11:14 PM
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Nope, not a RN. However, one of my very best friends is and she has worked in at least 4 states in larger cities, including Houston. She has always said that Houston was by far the best and most professional area to work in w respect to medical. Just from knowing her I have notices RN's can make their schedules work around their needs..but may have to pay for their own insurance if they go "that route" (i.e., name when and where they want to work). It seems like a really stressful profession to me....but, thats just me.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-10-2012, 11:33 PM
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Yes...and yes it is very flexible. I love my profession on most days...lol 1 of the most awesome things about being an RN is the diverse possibilities that you can do with it. ER is just 1 of many options. you certainly can PM me if you have specific ??
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-11-2012, 09:27 AM
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yeh but you'd have to touch sick people.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-11-2012, 09:33 AM
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yeh but you'd have to touch sick people.
Well yes, I have held many people's hand who are afraid, in pain, or dying. I have been truely blessed to be able to make someone more comfortable when they leave this world...so yay I have "touched" many, many sick people & their families!!
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-11-2012, 09:40 AM
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I am going to school to be an RN. I'm currently a patient care technician in a dialysis unit while I'm waiting to get accepted into the nursing program.

My mom is an RN at the same dialysis unit. Super flexible hours, great pay and benefits. It's a great career path.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-11-2012, 10:57 AM
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There are lots of opportunities at the VA, and you can buy your military time to use toward retirement. There are hospitals and clinics all over the country. As eclipseranch said, there are lots of different areas to work in. Your IT experience could come in handy in many administrative areas where nursing degrees are desired, such as Quality Management, Telehealth, and many others...
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