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Before being a nurse, what other jobs have you had?

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Well, let's see...first REAL paying job was at a fried chicken place. I was guaranteed one weekend night off...one weekend that didn't happen, and as a young teen, I quit!! Then I went to work at an insurance agency part-time while finishing up my Sr. year in high school and loved my job/boss/co-worker. I did baby-sitting during my high school years also. When just starting out in college, got a job with another insurance agency...but after being on the job for less than a week, the man tried to pin me against the filing cabinet...I got away, grabbed my purse and didn't look back once. Then I went to work for a costume jewelry store in the mall. Worked in accounting for an auto-parts store, then found another insurance agent. Worked in insurance off and on for about 15 years, until I had a major BURN-OUT!!! Then found a large corporation where I started at the ground floor as telephone operator/receptionist then moved to the file room. I then got pregnant and didn't go back. Found another insurance agent and worked for 4 years. Then the BEST job I've had thus far, fell in my lap after moving AGAIN. I went to work for a DME that did specialized wheelchairs and rehab equipment. Started as a one week temp (while girl was on vacation) and ended up staying for 2 years until I moved again. Now, I've been Micro lab assistant, peer tutor, and home typing while attending school. NEXT job...NURSE!!!!!!!! ;)

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Let me see: babysitter/ concession stand at the local pool ($2.10 per hr.)/ Deli. meat slicer and meat wrapper @ grocery store / summer help @ salt factory-toooo hot 120 degrees and (NO fans for the college kids)/hospital aide @ MRDD facility (staff stranger than the patients)/ and day jobs here and there like: baying hay, mowing lawns, seems pretty "blue collar"....and now I wear T-shoes and PJ's (scrubs) to work..imaRN :)

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I used to be a flight attendant....and now I am in my third year of nursing school. I would eventually like to combine the two and become a flight nurse. :D

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Cool Lauryn! You could ask: Coffe,Tea or Airway?aaaaaaahhhhhhhh it was a long day. I really think the flight attendant job might be much harder than nursing (from my experiences in the friendly skies..imaRN ;)

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My first job was leading and tending to ponies that I gave Summer visitors rides on  around a field for 50 cents a day.

#2 was working in the hay field stacking and evening the hay pile on the hay wagon, and raking rows of hay with a team of horses for 6 dollars for the Summer.

#3 Babysitting 4 children for 15 dollars a week.

#4 Working as a clothing presser in a laundromat for 1 dollar an hour.

#5 Working on a chicken farm gathering eggs, then moved to washing 163,000 eggs and placing them on pallets every day. From doing that, I was transferred to the packaging the eggs in crates, then feeding the eggs onto a conveyor belt into the candler, and finally, candling.

#6 Working in a nursing home as an aide for the residents. (I LOVED doing that.)

#7 Assembling and packaging phonograph needles.

#8 A teacher aide

#9 A School Bus Driver for 15 years plus a volunteer EMT for 18 years, A CPR and First Aid Instructor for 135 bus company employees.

#10 An LPN getting ready to bridge over to an RN

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Baby-sitter; Chambermaid at a very small motel where the woman who hired me went around to the rooms every morning, stealing my tips. Learned factory work: how to make small (three-quarter inch by one-quarter inch) capacitors, tightly wind the plastic on a winding machine; then line up exactly 75 of them on small, stacked heavy sheets of metal, doing so until 8 sheets of them were stacked on top of one another and fastened down with wingnuts. They 'baked' for X number of minutes, then cooled to room temp. Mounted on rotating racks to attach small metal pins in both ends by squirting yellow, liquid plastic sealant from a toy baby's bottle. Then eventually ending up retesting capacitors by hand, running the metal pins down metal plates on each end, that had been booted out of the 'big wheel' they were set up on for initial testing; got my fingers zapped with small but startling electric shocks, frequently. UGH! Quit after two weeks, bored out of my skull. Then Nurse's Aide at a nursing home, then off to nsg school, tra-la! 

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As a 12 to 15 year old I did a little babysitting, but mostly mowed lawns, bathed dogs, and other odd jobs for neighbors. At age 16 I registered with the state Youth Employment and mostly cleaned houses and ironed. Later I worked as a waitress, a fry cook, and did lots at a health food juice bar. One summer I worked in the Capitol Records factory we made the Beatles "Revolver" album and Buck Owens "Tiger By The Tail". 

While working some of the above jobs I earned an AA in Early Childhood Education and another in Biology, but didn't use either for a few years. Then took an Adult Education CNA course for three units (20 weeks of five hours twice a week, one 5 hour lecture and testing class and one five hour clinical.) I worked at the VA learning a lot. It was so long ago that we cared for many WWI Veterans. The WWII vets were in their 40s, and the Viet Nam Vets were my generation. 

Then I married and worked at a department store lunch as a "sales girl" and then the  buffet for 1 1/2 years until my pregnancy showed. They didn't let pregnant women serve customers, but they knew I was pregnant and it was OK until it became obvious.

After we bought our home I ran a licensed home day care for three years. I was paid for four kids and had my two too. Those kids are now polite successful adults and are my friends as are their parents. One, whose father is a physician is nor a surgeon himself. One extra smart little boy grew up to be an RN who is now an NP. 

I devoted one year to LVN school on week days and working for Medical Personnel Pool as a CNA one weekend shift a week. Then continued with them on and off doing home care and staff relief as an LVN.

When my kids were in High school I finished my associated earning my RN license. I had taken university critical care courses with RNs earning their Clinical Nurse Specialist. It was considered masters level, but admitted all licensed nurses. I joke that I was a grad school drop out before I had a bachelor's degree.  😀 Thanks to that I was hired as a new grad orientee into the CCU after many years as an LVN. Just before turning 50 I finally finished an RN to BSN program that was easy, but expensive.

 

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1. Babysitter

2. Hayfield worker balancing hay on hay wagon and raking hay with a team horses.

3. Pony leader for children who wanted to ride on one.

4. Clothing presser in a laundromat

5. Cafeteria Aide in an elementary School

6. Teacher Aide

7. House cleaner

8. Secretary, bookkeeper, assembler of phonograph needles and packager for the phonograph needles.

9. Chauffeur

10. School Bus and Local and Interstate Bus driver

11. EMT

12. LPN

13. Egg gatherer, washer, assembly line feeder, packager and candler on a commercial chicken Farm

14.Public CPR Instructor 

15. Basic First Aid & CPR instructor for a bus company

 

I think that's enough.

 

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