iHi, I have been a silent observer or lurker (whichever you prefer!) for the last couple of months. I am a 33yr old SAHM of 3 little girls(4,2 & 4mo.) I currently have a BA in Psych and I am set to start a 16month second degree BSN program at a Univeristy in the state of Michigan in January 2002. Getting my BSN has been my goal since finishing my undergrad in 1990. I have been taking prereqs and some nursing req's (patho., pharm. and research) over the last five years while having my children. I found this site about 4mo ago and since I began reading a lot of these posts I am starting to have second thoughts about getting my BSN. Until I found this site, the Nurses I have talked to (friends and strangers) have encouraged me and most seemed to really like their jobs. My experience in hospital settings has been as a patient (3 c-sect's and gallbladder removal). I have been in two large Michigan hospitals and received awesome care in both. My Nurses were wonderful and were avaiable to me whenever I needed them and somtimes even had a few minutes to chat with me and my family. I am wondering if I just got lucky! I do not know the reality of working as a nurse and I don't want to come across like I don't believe what I am reading because I do, I just would like some more information to help me decide what I am going to do. I know there are quite a few but if you could answer any or all of these questions for me I would really appreciate it.
1.What would your ideal Nursing job be, type, hours money benefits etc.? Please stay somewhat grounded in reality (not $100 grand, 10 hrs/ week with full benefits for life
2. If you are choosing to leave Nursing what career do you plan to persue instead, (if any) and why?
3. Do you feel that the new grads coming in are helping Nursing in its fight for better working conditions, pay etc., hindering it or neither.
4. Do you feel Unions are an answer to some of the issues facing Nurses and do you belong to one?
5.What do you like most about being a nurse (hopefully its more then you find scrubs
more comfortable than suits
) and what do you like the least (#1 thing and it can't be "everything", even if it's true
6.Do you think in the U.S. that the minimum Nursing degree offered will ever be a BSN?
7.What do you think is a respectable starting wage for a new grad? (Where I live it's between $17-20/hr)
8.What area of Nursing are you in and what type of facility do you work in?
I am now currrentlly a member of a very , underpaid (lol) ,overworked, understaffed and underappreciated group (although still the most rewarding thing I have ever done), I am a Mom! I used to be a Day Care Director (which if you are changing careers, I definetly do not recommend! With B.A degree I was on salary equiv. to $9.50/hr but b/c salary no overtime pay. The job descrip. called for 30hr/week but required 50+, no benefits vacation and very little respect, especially from the parents!!
) Nursing may be perfect for me because I think I am a glutten for punishment!
Thanks ahead of time for any input you can give me! Krista-BSN maybe, Mom always!!
-career advice from friends and family: My Husband and Brother say engineering stinks and my sister dittos for Social Work(w/masters deg.) One of my friends says just say no to owning your own business and another left her law practice to get her teaching certificate! Go figure!