Is nursing your second career? - page 3

I graduated a few years back with a BS in biology and have finally figured out that nursing is my calling:) If you already had a degree prior to entering nursing school, did you enter the... Read More

  1. by   abundantjoy07
    No...I don't have the money for multiple degrees...this BSN is my first and more than likely only degree unless I decide to go back in a few years for my MSN.
  2. by   rodge
    cool babyRN 06, nursing is my second degree! God Speed!
  3. by   survivor08
    This is my 2nd career and 2nd degree and I know it's my calling. I started out in the hotel business verrrrry young as a waitress and left verrrrry burned out as a highly paid and bonused General Manager. For twenty years I said when I leave this business I am going to be a nurse. Finally, I was on vacation (or trying to be anyway) my cell phone kept ringing and I said enough is enough. On the way home I called my boss and quit. The following Monday I was enrolled in classes to complete my remaining prerequisites. It took two tries to get in but I have just finished my first semester with an A and look forward to the trials and tribulations of the next three. This is probably the hardest thing I have ever done but also the most rewarding. See, you can teach an old dog new tricks!
  4. by   TemperStripe
    Interesting thread.

    I was three years into a degree in technical theatre (focus on scene painting, costuming, etc.) and abruptly switched to a psychology degree. Ended with a B.S. in psych. Thought hard about law school, got rejected from a PhD program, and when I realized I wasn't really that disappointed, I started thinking. I've been in corporate america and while I like the money, that's about all that's good and most days that's not even worth it. Now I'm headed to nursing school this coming June for my 2nd and final B.S.

    It's interesting to see where everyone "comes from."
  5. by   xptp29a
    In December '07 I will graduate with a BA in biology (5.5 year plan), will apply in January '08 for an ADN program and hopefully will be accepted for the fall '08 program. I regret having spent so much money, time, and effort on the BA but since I have invested so much in the program I will stick it out. In the end, I will feel so much more accomplished with an associate in nursing degree than the bachelor in biology degree. That's life, I guess...
  6. by   TemperStripe
    Quote from xptp29a
    I regret having spent so much money, time, and effort on the BA but since I have invested so much in the program I will stick it out.
    I don't think any education, no matter how expensive, is ever a complete waste. I learned so many things in college, and a good portion of them weren't textbook related. I know how to prioritize my time, how to study efficiently, and when to take a break. These are things I won't have to re-learn in nursing school, which will allow me time for the real stuff! Plus, I have a job that requires a college degree, no matter what type. I wouldn't give back my B.S. in psychology or my time at the U. of Evansville (gotta plug the alma mater!) for anything.
  7. by   lady_db_programmer
    Quote from line just line
    I don't think any education, no matter how expensive, is ever a complete waste. I learned so many things in college, and a good portion of them weren't textbook related. I know how to prioritize my time, how to study efficiently, and when to take a break. These are things I won't have to re-learn in nursing school, which will allow me time for the real stuff! Plus, I have a job that requires a college degree, no matter what type. I wouldn't give back my B.S. in psychology or my time at the U. of Evansville (gotta plug the alma mater!) for anything.
    I sort of agree with that, but I have a BA that I've never used and that will not really satisfy many pre-requisites for another degree. It's kind of pathetic really. Part of the reason is because Texas has changed its general education requirements for liberal arts degrees to include some subjects I didn't take and to exclude others that I did; also non-major science never counts for nursing, which sucks if you took non-major science like I did.

    I'm currently working in a field where a BA is not necessary (I.T.), and here in the UK my BA means nothing since it didn't come from a UK university or a US university that the British have heard of (Harvard or Yale, take your pick). A degree in biology is much more useful if you want to move to healthcare than a degree in French, though. OTOH if you're into learning for the sake of it, then any degree is better than no degree.

    I'm glad I went to college, but it hasn't really helped me aside from getting me my first job in I.T. The thing is, if I hadn't gotten that one I could have gotten another one pretty easily, since they'd hire anyone with a pulse in the late 1990s. I mean, they hired ME! :imbar
  8. by   mvanz9999
    Quote from line just line
    Interesting thread.

    I was three years into a degree in technical theatre (focus on scene painting, costuming, etc.) and abruptly switched to a psychology degree. Ended with a B.S. in psych. Thought hard about law school, got rejected from a PhD program, and when I realized I wasn't really that disappointed, I started thinking. I've been in corporate america and while I like the money, that's about all that's good and most days that's not even worth it. Now I'm headed to nursing school this coming June for my 2nd and final B.S.

    It's interesting to see where everyone "comes from."
    Check your PM.
  9. by   Cinqly
    Quote from xptp29a
    In December '07 I will graduate with a BA in biology (5.5 year plan), will apply in January '08 for an ADN program and hopefully will be accepted for the fall '08 program. I regret having spent so much money, time, and effort on the BA but since I have invested so much in the program I will stick it out. In the end, I will feel so much more accomplished with an associate in nursing degree than the bachelor in biology degree. That's life, I guess...
    Why don't you use the credits you have already taken and put them towards a BSN?!? An ADN and BSN are the same amount of work and time. One is not easier than the other! You may as well get the BSN, because then you won't have to go back later and get the degree if you want to get higher education (MSN). There are TONS of second-degree programs, and many of them are even accelerated! The pre-requisites for an ADN or BSN are typically very similar, so it just makes sense to give yourself the best opportunity for further advancement.

    I have TWO degrees in music and have spent a lot of money on education, but every penny is worth it! I will hopefully be starting a second-degree BSN program in FAll 07. Education is priceless!!
  10. by   Nurseintraining77
    Nice thread. I'm longwinded so be prepared, lol.

    I see there's a lot of psych majors here, so count me in as well I originally planned to be pre-med but decided against it when I got pregnant with my daughter ended up going through a nasty custody battle/divorce with the ex :angryfire

    I originally planned to attend an accelerated BSN program but decided against that because at the time my current hubby and I weren't in the financial position for me to quit my full-time job in order to go to school during the day. So I put that on hold for two years. Now that we decided it was a good time for us, the school I was going to attend UW-Milwaukee (my alma mater) no longer offered the accelerated BSN. Instead they offer a direct entry Masters which I couldn't apply to because my grades had plummeted my last year due to stress from my divorce.

    So now I'm starting at Alverno which is a small Catholic women's college here through their traditional BSN program. Thankfully they don't have a waitlist and I got in right away for the Spring semester after just applying in October of this year.

    Naima
  11. by   rodge
    hahaha.. thats cool!
  12. by   NewCareer78
    I am a 29 year old student, that has decided to change careers. I have a Business background, but found myself bored and wanting a more rewarding career. I have 3 friends who are nurses and the love it!! I am a little nervous about the program. I was looking over some Anatomy books and was a little overwhelmed with the material...there is sooo much to know. I want to be a nurse and will study as much as possible. I am up for the challenge! I wanted some feedback from others who have discovered nusing as a second career choice. What was your experience in nusing school and the transition change? What helped you to learn the material? Please provide any advise or words of encouragement. Thanks!!!
  13. by   mbtipan06
    Hi! Nursing has always been the course i wanted to take up ,way back then, right after I graduated High School. Unfortunately, I was scared when my family fetched my aunt who was on her internship during her 4th yr at a government medical center here, carrying volumes of nursing and medical books.I could see how my auntie study really hard during night and ready herself for all the requirements demanded by the nursing course... To cut my long story short, I didn't pursue a Nursing degree course after I graduated High School. I enrolled in a BSPharmacy course instead. Four years later, I became a licensed Pharmacist and worked in one of the largest chain drugstores here in the Phils. Two years later, I quit and enrolled myself in a nursing school. Finished my BSN-RN for another four years, had my licensed as a nurse and worked in a government hospital for sometime. Presently, I am a nurse-educator in one of a nursing schools here while pursuing my dream of trying my luck for better opportunities there in the States. I passed the NCLEX ( I applied with the Nevada Board) almost two years now, and hopefully, waiting for the packet 4 to arrived for me and my family to be given the chance to work and live there in the States.
    Indeed, taking up Nursing as a second career offered me no regrets but lots of better opportunities to serve the least, enhanced the way how I deal with people, honed my decision making and critical thinking skills and paved the way for a better life for me and my family.
    Again, I salute you and the rest of those who have taken a step towards making Nursing their second career! GOODLUCK!

    mbtipan06
    philippines

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