Second Career - page 3

by taschmidt 10,906 Views | 27 Comments

About two years ago, I decided to take the leap and go back to school to get my nursing degree. I was already established in my field, but I have always felt that something was missing. So, I applied and was accepted into an... Read More


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    It is an inspiration reading about your experience, After working 15 years in retail, I have also decided to go back to school, my first degree is in Business Administration but I have always had an interest in the medical field. I quit my full time manegerial position in 2010 and is pursuing a nursing degree full time, I have taken all the science pre-reqs and about to enter the clinical phase. I have a couple of friends who have their nursing degrees but are still having problems getting a job because they lack experience so I am alo taking a CNA course. I will take the state boards in 2 weeks and work part-time while attending classes. thanks again for sharing your story, it helps to keep me motivated.
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    Im getting my CNA licence too, I think it will help us get a foot in the door. Good Luck!
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    Quote from ghall184
    It is an inspiration reading about your experience, After working 15 years in retail, I have also decided to go back to school, my first degree is in Business Administration but I have always had an interest in the medical field. I quit my full time manegerial position in 2010 and is pursuing a nursing degree full time, I have taken all the science pre-reqs and about to enter the clinical phase. I have a couple of friends who have their nursing degrees but are still having problems getting a job because they lack experience so I am alo taking a CNA course. I will take the state boards in 2 weeks and work part-time while attending classes. thanks again for sharing your story, it helps to keep me motivated.
    Hey that's a good idea. How long does CNA training take? And do they place you with a job after?
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    Im not taking special CNA training class since at my school I already had Nursing fundamentals and I think after your first semester of clinicals you are qualified to go take the test. I had to get clearance and fingerprinting at the police station and have it sent in and fill out the application and then the state sends back notification of where and when to go take the test. You can find sample questions online and then the skills are pretty simple, like handwashing, mouth care, getting them in and out of a wheelchair ......
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    I'm just in my pre-reqs but my experiences as a student now seem to be drastically different than 15 years ago. I have experience in a previous degree (Computer Science) and career. Some of that may apply to my future career, some may not but working as a professional has taught me a lot of things. I think accelerated programs are good for those of us that are out of our 20s and want to move onto our next career. The job market right now is tough all around and obviously current nurses feel it. I don't think that is a reason to tell others that they should not pursue their interests. As for me, I'm not sure if I'll go into an accelerated program as the cost/benefit may side more on a traditional program. Also, my end goal is to become a NP and although there are 3 year programs that would let me achieve that without being a working RN, I'm not sure if that is the path I'll take. I think being an RN would be valuable experience.
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    I used to be a Social Worker. I'm now a LPN soon to be RN and I MISS my social work job. I hope to incorporate the two somehow, someway. LTC is burning me out and I'm sure hospitals will be worse.
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    I am an Australian RN looking to do a masters degree in exercise physiology. I don't think exercise physiology is as well recognised in Australia as it is in America (I had not heard about them until recently), but I am starting to develop a passion for the sort of work exercise physiologists do. I also hope to bring a knowledge of nursing to exercise physiology. I'm glad you found the two degrees compatible. I will now start looking for nursing work that combines the two elements in the hope that it will give me experience in my future role as an exercise physiologist.
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    taschmidt - it's been 3 years since you posted this thread. any updates on the merger of nursing and physical fitness? This is exactly what I've been trying to do as an RN with a passion for prevention.


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