- I currently hold BS-Applied Math, BS-Comp Sci, and MS-Comp Sci. Yes, 8 yrs of college.
- I just spent the last year wrapping up my remaining pre-reqs (A&P101, A&P 102, and MICRO). Will start ADN program in Syracuse, NY in 4 weeks -- can't wait.
- Am I worried about getting a job as RN with only an ADN? Nope. BSN does not appear to be a job requirement for hospital nursing (ICU, M/S, etc).
- It was also pointed out on the CRNA board, that some CRNA schools waive the BSN requirement if you already have a BS in another field.
- With that in mind. Here is my gameplan (as of May 2004).
- Get through ASN in nursing. Will probably seek hospital type job this time next year (after 1st year of ASN program completed).
- Upon graduation - either continue for BSN, or pickup additional chemistry/physics/etc courses that make me look more attractive to CRNA programs. Will probably spend 2 or 3 yrs working in ICU - so will continue to go to school. All depends on what CRNA schools say.
- If I am burned out/etc from school. I may just jump into the travel nurse game. Right now, that really appeals to me. But again, as a new student, keeping this option open.
- Bottom line. Yes, I am trading in a US$100K/yr programming job/career for nursing. Am bloody sick and tired of being stuck in a cubicle - with a worthless boss and company - living in Evansville, Indiana with only 3 weeks vacation a year (can only take 1 or 2 days at a time).
- Thought I could do the contractor thing in the Comp. Sci field - but wages are so depressed (H1B, dot-com crash, offshoring, etc.) that it's not worth it. After 4 layoffs and 2 cross-country moves in past 3 yrs - the heck with the comp. sci. field. I want to do something more meaningful with my life. And that's the bottom line - my happiness.
- This is why the travel nurse or independent nurse thing appeals to me. No boss -- or at most only have to put up with for 13 weeks or so.
- And yes, my disgust with current situation (job) is a major motivator.
- Sorry for the long rant. Been here all night hacking on code.
Evansville (get me outta here!!!!!!), Indiana