I was hoping someone could give me their opinions. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology that I received 10 years ago. I am looking to make a career change into nursing.
My goals are to have an interesting, rewarding, fulfilling career that pays well and has flexibity. I want to have children and want to have a job that offers flexibility - Big factors for me are flexibility, good pay and an interesting career. Nursing is interesting to me so I am pursuing this option. My biggest goal is to have a career that works with our life goals. My aspirations at this time are not to necessarily get an advanced degree in nursing, I have other goals that are more important to me at the moment (having children, having financial stability etc.).
I spoke with several nurses yesterday who have masters degrees. They were very helpful, but had a very different point of view of what I should be doing.
I was planning on just going towards a 2 year associates degree to get an RN. For starters, the community college programs are much more affordable. My understanding was that nursing jobs
are in high demand and an AD degree/RN is perfectly acceptable and will get me into the field with no issue. Also they don't require me to take GRE's or have 9,000 references for the program... basically I don't have to jump through as many hoops to get into these programs... although there may be a wait from a lack of teachers. That is a possible issue.
The women I spoke with had a very different perspective. They strongly felt I should not do an AD degree, but should pursue a dual degree - BSN/Masters... some of the reasoning made sense but other aspects didn't necessarily fit in with my goals. They said I can do an accelerated program since I have a BS already... and it would be the same time commitment, but would cost more. Then if I did want to move forward with a masters to become a NP down the road I would be in a better position... (I do agree with that aspect, but at this time am not very interested in becoming an NP....though that could change)....also they said I would have a hard time getting a job coming out of some of these 2 year AD programs??? They seemed to have a bias against anyone with a 2 year nursing degree... but explained it as these nurses would not get the same opportunities and would not have the same experience, education....etc.
I have never heard that before... I thought RN's at every level were in demand. I was told I would be fine if I just wanted to work at a community hospital but probably wouldn't get into a hospital in the City. I am not sure I even have a problem with just working at a community hospital... though it would be nice to have other options as well. Maybe my goals are just different than theirs?
Here is my issue... the schools that offer these dual programs in my area or even an accelerated Bachelors degree program are very expensive private schools. It will cost me at least 3 to 4 times as much if not more to get a degree from one of these schools.
I guess my question is , how accurate are their opinions? Or are their opinions just personal bias based on their own choices. They definitely felt I would be limiting myself with an Associates degree.
Is this true?
thanks in advance for your honesty....