Hi Everyone! Looking for any words of wisdom.

  1. Good evening everyone!

    Well this is my first post although I have enjoyed reading these boards for some time. I am almost a nursing student I will be starting classes this spring and am very excited. This is a second career for me, a major change. I have a BA in Art and have worked in marketing for the last 6 years. I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was in college the first time but at that point I had almost finished and could not even THINK of remaining in school another minute.


    I have never gotten the feeling of wanting to be a nurse out of my head or heart. I have been scared to even pursue it until this last year. I didn’t know if I would be able to handle working and school, and I thought I might feel awkward about being of non-traditional age. Although I have read here that I am not very different from many people on these boards. Everyone walks down their path at their own speed. Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives when they are children, others I suppose need to do a little more living and find themselves before they know. Now I can’t get started fast enough!!

    Life is funny - I am sure there are nurses out there who are not thrilled with their work and are looking to get into marketing!



    I have a few avenues I am pursuing and would love any feedback:
    I am going to start taking pre-requisites spring semester, but I would really just like to get started anywhere in the field. I was looking at the possibility of taking a CNA course subsequently, so I am able to get into the industry ASAP. I make okay money at my current position, but I really don’t care about that at this point. I WILL have to work while I go to school and want to graduate with as little debt as possible. I have no kids or husband so I only have to worry about myself.


    What do you think of this course of action?
    CNA > LPN > RN > BSN >


    I have also applied directly to a BSN program (have not heard yet) but would still consider doing a subsequent CNA program while I was going to school for the BSN.


    Anyway I am thrilled that this board exists, I have read so many excellent stories, words of advice, etc. I am looking forward to participating much more.

    Thanks for your time in reading this, look forward to chatting!!


    -duckzoom
    Last edit by duckzoom75 on Nov 15, '05
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
  4. by   rn-tam2
    Glad to hear your enthusiasm for nursing. I am new on this board too, but have been a nurse sinse 92. If you are looking for feedback, and are really serious about becoming a nurse I would try as hard as you can to start out in a BSN program. I realize that this is not always as feasible as starting out in a shorter program and getting a paycheck sooner. I have good reasons for this suggestion, due to my current experiences in a BSN completion program. One of my best friends in the program followed the route you suggested and has literally been in school forever it seems. She is planning to become a NP so will still have several years even after we complete this program. It actually will save you money and time in the long run to start out as a BSN, and then whatever you plan to do in nursing will be an option for you. After having successfully practiced for so many years I was like so many of my collegues in thinking that there is no good reason for a BSN unless you want to be a manager, but I have thankfully learned just how wrong I was. And their are actually a lot of regular RN jobs that are restricted to nurses who have BSN's now.
    I am sure you will make the right decision for yourself. And I would think that getting your CNA training and a little experience would make you a more attractive candidate for any nursing program you plan to pursue. Best of luck!
    rn-tam2
  5. by   nancyrsharpe
    hi..and welcome to the best yet hardest job there is. I've been an RN for 2 years, in the medical field for seven... When I decided to becopme a nurse, I had to choose between an associates degree, and a bacholors degree, but with prereqs, I realized a 2 year degree is really 3 years, so why not go straight for the BSN... and I'm sooo glad I did.. ANd you can still work as an aide while in school, and get them to pay for it, if money is an issue...but save the time good luck in your new life
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