Law School vs Nursing School

Hello ladies... just needed some advice today. I"m currently a law enforcement officer in D.C.  I, however, am thinking about beginning a new career in law or nursing.

 Law- 
 something I've always wanted to do. 
cost wayyyy to much money (100,000),
 no jobs guaranteed

Nursing-
a career helping people (kind of like what I do now)
cheaper on the pockets
sucky work schedule (like mine now)
      

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 8:55 am
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Nursing sounds like it would be really fun! The medical field isn't necessarily my thing, but you'd get to work with people all the time!

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 am
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One thing you need to take into consideration------as a lawyer, work schedules suck too!!!!! they are VERY different jobs... thing about which suits you more. Both are high paying jobs.

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:02 am
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I'm a lawyer and my sister is a nurse.  She has a MUCH better work/life balance.  She also didn't endure 3 extra years of study like I did and take on the student loans that I did.  All in all... I vote for Nursing School. 

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:08 am
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Choose carefully, you could also consider being a nurse consultant. You would have to go through nursing school and then take a course on consulting, but you work with lawyers on medical cases. Depending on where you go to school, Nursing in no walk in the park. The work can be very rewarding, but there are lots of cases of "burnout" as well. I have been in the nursing field for almost a decade now. I love it, but it is definately not for everyone. Sometimes you are underappreciated even though you gave your all. There are lots of different opportunities in nursing! Alot of times when people think of nursing, they think of hospitals or clinics, but there is so much more to it! I am currently working on my Phd in Nursing and it is kicking my azz! LOL! But choose whichever makes your heart content! Feel free to ask me questions! I have worked in hospitals, clinics, etc. I am currently a family nurse practitioner, so the possibilites are there. Good luck!

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:13 am
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GREAT responses!!!! I'm so thrilled for all the insight and suggestions. :)

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:28 am
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I think it really depends on what you want to do - they are very very different fields. My dh is an attorney and he knew three people (at least) that dropped out of law school after the first year - so that was like 30K+ of tuition just down the drain because they went to law school without first making sure its what they wanted. 


I would do a ton of research, talk to lawyers, admissions people at potential schools, etc. before you make any decisions. 

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:34 am
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there is always a need of nurses and ALWAYS you will find a job....


law school....unless you are really really good and have a person who help you enter to the best lawyer office....the doors no always are open.

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:08 am
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I'm a lawyer, interesting work, stressful and expensive to qualify............mum is a nurse and got a much nicer balance in her life than i think i will ever have!!

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:11 am
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Keep in mind that your work schedule wont exactly be awesome as a lawyer either. I thought long and hard about going to law school, even signed up for the LSAT, but knew it just wasn't the life for me.


I personally would think nurseing would be pretty fulfulling (not that law couldn't be too)


Honestly, picture yourself in 20 years instead of focusing on now- which would you be happier doing?

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:26 am
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I think it completely depends on your personality and what is important to you.  I'm in law school and I know I won't be practicing law when I finish.  It isn't at all what you expect :) 


On a hilarious note:


http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/clt/1616836329.html

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:28 am
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hahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahhahahaahaahhahahahhahahahahahhaah AERIALISTPRESS omg that was soooo hilarious!!!!!

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:52 am
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Nursing 100%! I'm in Nursing school right now (ALMOST DONE YAYY!!) and I work at a hospital and just love it! Plus you know you have a job forever and there are SO many options in the medical field, its insane

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm
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Have you seen the demand for nurses?? I use to work with a nurse who was able to move oot on short notice and had a job by the end of the week. You can work in hospitals, research, doctor office, nursing or  home care. You can set your hours.

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm
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I think you should try nursing.  It is a fabulous field with endless opportunities.  I have been a nurse for a couple of years now and I can honestly say that I love what I do. Chauntel is right, you will feel underappreciated a lot of times.  Nursing is not for everyone.  Follow your heart.

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm
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I work in a hospital. Nursing is prob about 10% helping people and 90% putting up with their sh*t. I think nursing are amazing, but if your not 100% into it, your not going to make it. It is not a job of lux, but a job of love. Maybe you should do a few observations at both, before you put your eggs into one basket.

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm
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It may be different where you live, but here I know there is a huge demand for nurses. You can have a job the day after you graduate, and pretty much anywheres that you move around here, you would have no trouble getting a job. I'm not sure about the employment rate for lawyers, but that's one reason I seriously considered nursing.

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 1:05 am
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nurses are so kind and giving of themselves... they work such long, hard hours to care for others.  i think it's a really noble and respectable profession, if that's the way you choose.

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 1:09 am
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I'm a nurse and i LOVE it! It's such a rewarding job... I only work 3 days a week (12 hrs shifts...but still to have 4 days a week off is AWESOME). You ALWAYS have a job! :) I have an awesome balance of my work/personal life...and that's even with working nights (7pm to 7 am) so if you work days it will be even better :) The pay is absolutely awesome and to be able to make a difference in people's lives is such a good feeling. Yeah, you have to put up with a lot of crap...and it's not the most glamorous job ( i have it a little easier because I work with preemies ---> small poop vs. big "grown man" poop....lol) but its soooo worth it! :)


 


Good luck to you in whichever path you choose! :)


xoxo,


Ashley

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 1:12 am
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Nurse! Though..I'm biased because I am one. I absolutely love it. If I don't like what I am doing, staff nurse, I can go to ER, office, school, dialysis... the options are unlimited. You can work 12's and be off 4 days a week or work 8's and be home for dinner every night. Overtime is awesome too! Sometimes it can be stressful, but most of the time the patients are great and you make a difference.


BUT, it's up to you and where you what you see yourself doing. Advice that I would give would be to think about it. I got my real estate license and worked for 4 years and decided to go back to school and am glad that I did! The market sucks right now! Either way you always know that you can go back to school, it's always there..

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 2:03 am
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Actually, I think working a nurse would be better on the work schedule.  As a nurse, I love my schedule and the thing is...who wouldn't love working 3 12-hour shifts and the rest of the days off??? 

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 5:09 am
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