I am in a weird spot Here I am 45 and I am an lsw with a masters. In Ohio in order to do what I want to do I need to go back to school. To be honest lsws make little money for what we do. I love helping people, and I long to have a more physical position, more hands on, and one that people actually listen to. Right niw I get, "oh, thats the social worker."I know more clinically than the lpns I work with, but I am not a nurse, and therefor I am often not heard.
I want to go back to school to get my rn. I dont care about the bsn, I have an lsw and a masters in counseling, but I need some solid reason why its a wise investment in my families future for me to spend 25k to go back to school for two years. My gut says this is the right thing to do, it will pay for itself, and I can make a difference, but I feel like I am missing some reasons. Obviously I want to help people, obviously I am a people person, but I am feeling pressured to give more of a reason. I would appreciate advice, input, wisdom from all the nurses who have been there, done that. thank you.
Jul 4, '13
What PP said. You will not spend much time with the patient and good luck finding a job in nursing with this economy. So, you have to ask yourself if you are willing to play Russian Roulette with the job market. You may make more and find a job or you maybe 25,000 in the hole and still work as a LSW and have debt on top of your low pay. It is a gamble. You have to really think about if you want to be a nurse, if the economy gets better, would you still want nursing? Only you can make that call.
And you will need to get your BSN. You may not care, but employers do! BSN is becoming the thing, some people will hire ADNs but they have to agree to get their BSN within a certain time frame.
Last edit by wish_me_luck on Jul 4, '13