I'm starting into a nursing school
in the pittsburgh area in a few months and I was wondering if there were any nurses in the pittsburgh area that could give some advice.
1. Is this a good field to go into in this area?
2. Is working in a hospital setting better or worse than home health, etc.?
3. Many of the postings that I have read speak very negatively about this field, and about how nurses are treated. Is this true and is it true that nurses do more paperwork then actually treating and caring for patients?
4. I'm 26 yrs. old, married, and have 2 children. do the hospitals around the pittsburgh area offer hours, and schuedules that will allow me to still be part of their lives, and not be consumed by my career?
5. I have heard of something called per-diem. What is this, and is this something that is offered around here?
6. Is this a career I can look forward to, or should I start looking into another career choice?
I'd appeciate answers to any or all of these questions. Thanks
Jan 7, '02
Philly area nurse here .....coordinate Pittsburgh referrals for my homecare agency. WE 'RE CRYING FOR NURSES in PGH area! Have to turn down referrals (bad words) due to lack of staff.
Many staff openings......check the classified ads of Pittsburgh Post Gazette or chek out the Nursing Spectrums website:
Agree with PRN 's response 100 %...I'm still passsionate after 25 years and working FT as kids now teenagers.
Make sure your school is giving college credits in case you want a degree. Many diploma programs in Phila area have almost enough credits for associates degree. There are several 2 year Community colleges in your area with ASN degrees, even more BSN programs
Link to all PA shools of Nursing:
Most important: WHY nursing?
Sounds like your unsure.....check with local hospitals to see if you can shadow a nurse for part of a day. I could inquire re homecare visit if interested. Also call all the hospitals, check with area schools
of nursing to see if any facilities sponsoring students in exchange for work commitment.
I'm very concerned re this comment:
I keep having doubts about doing this. No one has really ever talked to me about what is involved in nursing. They answer my questions very vaguely, and never give their true feelings on the subject.
Please call other schools of nursing and check them out before committment.
Heres some sites for you to visit that discuss what the nursing profession is like today:
Home health nursing:
Email if more info needed.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 7, '02