[personal profile] elzregina
When I worked full time as a paramedic I was asked why I didn't become a nurse instead.  After all, they get paid better.  My answer...I like helping people. As a medic, I do it for an average of 30 minutes each patient, more for extenuating circumstances.  End of.  No muss, no fuss.  (well except for deconning my ambulance and myself on occasion).  As a nurse, I would have to deal with said patient for several hours, up to 8 or 12 depending on my shift.  Lots o'muss and fuss.  No thank you.  

As a paralegal, I get, "why don't you go back to school and become an attorney.  They make more money"....<sigh>    My answer...The pay is decent and my benefits are great. As a paralegal, I do it for 8 hours a day,  more for extenuating circumstances.  End of.  No muss, no fuss.  (well except for putting out last minute emergences the attorneys have created).  As an attorney, I would have to deal with lots of B.S. and games for many more than 8 hours a day.  Lots o'muss and fuss.  No thank you. 

Date: 2008-05-07 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenness.livejournal.com
You are incredibly wise and fabulous. :)

Date: 2008-05-07 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suba-al-hadid.livejournal.com
If you were a nurse, you would also have to deal with the families. I am told they are sometimes worse than the patients.

Date: 2008-06-08 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tfcocs.livejournal.com
I came over here after reading your kind comment over in our mutual friend's journal, and was amazed by the similarities in both our professional and geographic experiences. I, too, am a native Californian who moved East nineteen years ago; not only that, but after reading this entry, I see that we have another thing in common: being a paralegal. I was one for a few years, before I became a social worker. I used to evict people for a living! Then, I came to my current profession because I noticed that I was very good at negotiating payment plans without getting injured. VBG. In any case, I have added you to my reading list, and invite you to reciprocate.

Date: 2008-06-08 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elzregina.livejournal.com
I would be honored to add you to my reading list as well, and thank you. :-)

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