I got a masters degree in Library Science and Information at the end of 2010. I've worked/volunteered/interned in several medical libraries but I'm not very satisfied in the work nor do I think it is a stable field of employment for the future. Medicine has always interested me, but I never had the courage to actually pursue it until I started talking with nurses that come to the library for information. I think I'm ready to go into the profession, but I want to do it the *right* way.
Would a background in medical libraries be a plus for a nurse?
I'm seeing a lot of information about the associates program vs. the BSN and I'm not sure which route to take. I have a family friend who was first a lawyer, then got her associates and has been working as a hospice nurse in Virginia. The more I'm looking into things, an accelerated BSN seems like a good path, but how could I get practical on the job experience if I'm in school full time? Is getting an associates first a safe route into nursing while perhaps working part time as a nursing assistant? I just want to peruse this career path correctly. My concern is seeing all these posts about RNs who can't find work. The US bureau of labor statistics lists nursing as a growing profession. Is this not the case?
Any advice would help me! Thanks