I need some advice. I am starting my pre reqs this summer for the adn program at the local community college. I am 36 ,married with kids and am currently employed as a dental assistant. I have always wanted to be a nurse but let fear and circumstances hold me back. Now I am ready to get going....I do not have the luxury of switching jobs right now to gain some hospital experience and fear that it will hurt my chances of getting a job when I finally do finish school. I know that the job market is highly competitive due to the hoards of people persuing nursing as a first, second or even third career. I was thinking about volunteering at the local hospital to at least give me some experience doing SOMETHING in a hospital setting. I highly doubt that 15 years of dental assisting counts as medical experience. I am used to helping people, but in a different way. Also, I was toying with the idea of getting my adn, getting ajob (hopefully) and then persuing a bsn. I am doing the comm college adn route because it is the only way I can afford to go to school.Thanks.