some insight please...

  1. I am 26 years old and I currently work in the music business. I need a career change!
    I'm seriously thinking about nursing,specifically Pediatric Nursing. I would love some information from practicing nurses. Pros& Cons? Salary range? Education? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Nursing was what I initially wanted to do and I ended up getting my bachelors in Advertising & PR.
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  3. by   shyviolet78
    Hi Ana,

    I always recommend the Occupational Outlook Handbook when it comes to career information. It is a really good starting place. Here is the website: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm

    The above website gives some salary info, but www.salary.com will break down salary by metropolitan area. The drawback to salary.com is that it groups all nurse's salaries together and gives an average, rather than averages based on career level. Here in Dallas, graduate nurses start out at $16.06 per hour. I've heard starting salaries vary widely around the country though.

    There are basically 3 ways to become a RN. 1-The Bachelor's degree (BSN) which requires about 4 years at a 4-year college or university (the first 2 years of prereq's can be taken at just about any jr. college). 2-The Associates degree (ADN) which requires about 3 years at a junior college. 3-The diploma, which is offered through a hospital, in exchange for your commitment to work for them for a certain period of time. I think this is also a 3-year thing, but I don't really know much about diploma RN programs. There really isn't much of a difference in the 3 in the beginning. For certain management positions, a BSN is required. Also, to get a graduate degree as a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, a Bachelor's degree (not always necessarily a Bachelor's in Nursing, however) is required. If you choose the ADN route but want a BSN later on, many universities offer a bridge program to the BSN degree which lasts about a year. Since you have a Bachelor's degree, you may already have many of the prereq's needed for the BSN.

    I spent 3 years pursuing a degree in business because my family thought it would be the best route for me. What I really wanted is to be a nurse, though, and I finally decided to do what is right for me. Good luck in your career change. If it is what you really want, you will be successful in your endeavors.

    Valerie
  4. by   night owl
    Just curious to all of you posters...What did you do in the music biz? Teacher? Played in bands? I almost went into music before I became a nurse. Started out at a music college, then left to go into nursing which was my true calling...
  5. by   bassbird
    Hi!

    I too was in the music business until returning to school for nursing. I was a professional musician for 15 years before returning to school. I am just entering my second year of an ADN program and I'm glad I took the leap back into the medical field.

    I chose the ADN route because of cost effectiveness and the quality of the program. I too have a B.A. but found that for me to go to for a BSN the tuition would have been 15,000/year vs. my cost of ~$1,500/year! I will most likely earn either my BSN or MSN in the future but plan on having my employer pick up the tab!

    The starting wage here in MN has been ~18.55/hour before shift differentials, etc. But the contracts have/are being negotiated and the rate is going up.

    As you can read on the boards there is a serious shortage of nurses and the working conditions can really be stressful and the hours long. I read the boards all the time and sometimes question myself, "am I doing the right thing?". I believe I am. The profession will only get better if more people go into it.

    Have you ever worked in the medical field? I think it is a good idea to do so, or at least shadow or volunteer so you know what nurses really do.

    Good luck in your decision. I hope you decide to enter the field.
  6. by   bassbird
    I played bass (hence the screen name) and sang lead for a band called Stryker. We toured around the mid-west from 1984-1999. I got a burned out dealing with some troubled musicians. I do miss playing though. It was my husbands and my band and I miss having all of that time together. It was a lot of fun though and I will play again after nursing school!!!

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