Is nursing your second career? - page 4

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   mbtipan06
    Quote from 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!!!
    You have such a good and positive outlook of becoming a good nurse someday! Your desire for a more challeging and rewarding career has motivated you to change course and opted for a Nursing career.Added to that are your friends who can really make real stories of their experiences as a nurse. You are fortunate indeed! Personally, though Nursing is really a tough job.. really.. there is a sense of fulfillment in every shift that ended
    and a challenge for each beginning of the shift. The nurse-student life? Oh! you will love it. Amidst all the lot of things that you must know is the real related learning experiences which to a lot of nursing students is scary...feared of.....but a wonderful experience because you will feel that even when you're still a student you are able to do and serve others in a little way you can. ..even just listening to patients/clients expression of fear or discomfort....Again, I challenge you to take a bolder and wise decision of choosing nursing. GOODLUCK.
  2. by   missywinx
    Hi everyone! I'm new here and I'm very happy that I've found this site.

    Anyway, I'm a graduate of BS Nutrition and Dietetics and deciding to go back to school on March '07 to pursue Nursing. I've always wanted to take Nursing eversince I graduated from high schoool but unfortunately I wasn't able to enroll in a school which offered a Nursing course due to some circumstance, so I took BSND so it's a bit close. I've got my transcript evaluated in some schools and luckily I've got a lot of subjects that has been credited. I'm really glad that AHSE (Associate in Health Science Educ) was included in our BSND curriculum. So the subjects that I'm advised to take are the major Nursing courses and internships only. Although I think it will still take me 2 years to complete it but it's ok. Now, I have to scout on more schools to make sure I'm in the right path. I hope someone would like to give some advise on what school could be the best one for 2nd courser like me here in the Philippines particularly for Manila/Makati area. Thanks.
  3. by   rodge
    thats cool!!!
  4. by   PeachyERNurse
    I just graduated with a BA in Sociology in August and now I'm starting semester 2 of 4 in an Accelerated 2nd Bachelor's program tomorrow. I can't really say this is my second career because I've been in college off and on since I was 18 (I'm 26 now). Yes, accelerated programs are very intense. It sometimes seems like there's not enough hours in the day to get everything done. However, it's not impossible
  5. by   fascinoma
    (raises hand)

    Ex-dotcommer, now pre-nursing student.

    I'd jumped from thing to thing for a long time, never really having a steady job or career. I'm a good student, but due to having to support self, and in a line of work with strictly full time hours and long commutes, I crawled through school at a painfully slow rate.

    I discovered I wanted to be a nurse the following way.
    First, I was already hooked on medical narrative books and the Discovery Health Channel. I liked reading about diseases and looking at pathology pictures, but for a long time, thought I was just weird.

    Well, I took a phlebotomy class... was totally hooked and signed on to become an EMT-Basic... then took EKG interpretation... and became an ER volunteer. One class led to another to another, so instead of get 10 more certifications I won't use, I've decided to go to become an RN.

    Dealing with a few dissappointed family members here, because of how many people thought I was on track to become a doctor. :roll I've decided to go the nurse practicioner route instead.

    The thing is... I was on track to transfer to Davis as a Bio major, and I still want to take all those fun bio classes... maybe I'll just have "get an extra degree" as a hobby like my stepdad does [this literally is his hobby; he has a long term job, a good job, but is always working on a new Master's degree. He has four.]
    Last edit by fascinoma on Jan 7, '07
  6. by   Cartman1532
    I have a Masters Degree in I/O Psych and worked in Corporate America in Organizational Development and HR for about 8 years. I am entering an Accelerated BSN Program May 07. Looking forward to changing careers to medicine and doing somthing that is more directly involved with assisting people.
  7. by   David's Harp
    Okay, so I'm a little late to this thread! Just wanted to chime in; I am also a degree-holding musician getting myself through nursing school (ADN), so it's good to see others pursuing a similar *sharp* turn in their lives. I'll always be a musician, and will be more seriously involved with it again when school ends (although the study of nursing will never end!), but it's deeply rewarding to learn and grow in this field, and to connect with people on a totally different level than I was previously used to. Honestly, for me the decision to enter nursing started as an idea that people close to me had, that I myself wasn't entirely sure of, but it's blossomed into something that I love and which has changed me from the inside-out. It's an intimidating field, but I am increasingly sure that I belong in it and will do good work there.

    Plus, it's nice to not have to play every wedding/corporate/whatever gig that comes my way, or take 30-40 lazy guitar students, just to make ends meet and still not have health insurance. Or, work in a dusty quality-control guitar factory for < $9.00/hr while ducking collections calls regarding my student loans from my fiscally useless Bachelor's in Music (yes, it is called a "BM"!! )

    Now that's a hard life, I can tell ya!

    I hope you get into that accelerated program in the fall - you'll do great. And cheers to everyone else in this thread! (raises coffee mug in salute)


    Quote from cinqly
    I have a bachelor's and master's in music, and after trying to make it in music for a few years have decided to go back to school for nursing! I am really excited about it. I finally feel like I have found a career path that I am really interested in and excited about, but one that will also provide a decent living! I am hoping to get into an accelerated program for fall 2007. Fingers crossed!
  8. by   David's Harp
    Quote from fascinoma
    (raises hand)

    (snip)

    The thing is... I was on track to transfer to Davis as a Bio major, and I still want to take all those fun bio classes... maybe I'll just have "get an extra degree" as a hobby like my stepdad does [this literally is his hobby; he has a long term job, a good job, but is always working on a new Master's degree. He has four.]
    Your story _and_ that of your stepfather, are both very inspiring! So many people think that you have to pick your one little niche and stick to it, but your only limitations are really your own diligence and willingness to grow. Go get 'em!
  9. by   ICRN2008
    I am a certified Medical Technologist with a BS degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I just completed an accelerated BSN program on December 16th of last year. If you have any questions about going back to school for nursing, please feel free to PM me.

    I was continually impressed in school by the accomplishments of my classmates. Having experience in a previous career means that you will come into nursing with a level of maturity and the real-world knowledge that first-time students lack. It will serve you well!

    Good luck to all of you.
  10. by   zena231
    I have a bachelors (liberal arts type thing-language translation-never used it) and have worked various jobs before deciding on nursing. The hospital where I work had a program that paid for me to go to a local community college for an ADN. After I graduate from that my hospital offers a RN to BSN program. They do have an accelerated grad entry program(bachelors in anything, end up with masters of nursing) but it was a fulltime thing and they recommended that you dont work--not an option. So I ended up doing the ADN thing with plans to do at least RN to BSN afterwards
  11. by   Cinqly
    Quote from David's Harp
    Okay, so I'm a little late to this thread! Just wanted to chime in; I am also a degree-holding musician getting myself through nursing school (ADN), so it's good to see others pursuing a similar *sharp* turn in their lives. I'll always be a musician, and will be more seriously involved with it again when school ends (although the study of nursing will never end!), but it's deeply rewarding to learn and grow in this field, and to connect with people on a totally different level than I was previously used to. Honestly, for me the decision to enter nursing started as an idea that people close to me had, that I myself wasn't entirely sure of, but it's blossomed into something that I love and which has changed me from the inside-out. It's an intimidating field, but I am increasingly sure that I belong in it and will do good work there.

    Plus, it's nice to not have to play every wedding/corporate/whatever gig that comes my way, or take 30-40 lazy guitar students, just to make ends meet and still not have health insurance. Or, work in a dusty quality-control guitar factory for < $9.00/hr while ducking collections calls regarding my student loans from my fiscally useless Bachelor's in Music (yes, it is called a "BM"!! )

    Now that's a hard life, I can tell ya!

    I hope you get into that accelerated program in the fall - you'll do great. And cheers to everyone else in this thread! (raises coffee mug in salute)
    HI!!!!!! I am actually at the symphony this weekend, thinking about all my classes starting next week! I'm glad to be playing, and I love it, but I am SO excited to start! I hope I get into the accelerated program too! (fingers crossed)! Are you in school or practicing already?!? I wish you the best of luck, and never stop playing!

    BM....tee hee!
  12. by   Teacher2bCRNA
    nuring will be a second career for me. i am currently a teacher and have been for almost 10 years. i already have a masters and specialist degree. the route that i am choosing to take is lpn to rn to crna. in my area, there aren't any part time rn programs, but there is an lpn program. if figured i can work once i get my lpn and immediately go to an rn program. the only thing with the crna is that a lot of the programs want a bsn. however, i am not interested in getting another bachelor's degree. hopefully some will waive this since i have a bachelors, masters and specialist degree already.
    oh, the original question, i think the accelerated programs are harder. if i could find one in my area, i would jump right in, if i could do it and not lose money from my day job.

    Quote from ready2brn
    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 accelerated program, or the upper level admission program? i've heard the accelerated program is really intense...let me know your thoughts or opinions. thanks!!
  13. by   Teacher2bCRNA
    this is something that i would be interested in. however, would you still be able to work during this process. i am not married so income is important.

    Quote from tbd75
    i have a bs in computer science and have been working in the it industry for nearly 10 years as technical manager/software programmer.

    i was accepted into an accelerated bsn/msn program and will start fall 2007. i expect it will be intense. the first semester is a total of 18 credits (with three credits being a graduate level course).

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