I'm thinking about getting my BSN. Good idea?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I graduated from college (BA degree) last year only to find that there are hardly any jobs in my field exist for recent grads. After 9 months I finally found a decent job (full-time anyway), but my department is constantly being reduced in size. They tell me no one lasts more than 2 years here, no matter how well you do your job. Professionals who have been in this industry for 5+ years are loosing their jobs and, in most cases, aren't able to find another one in this field.

    I've been told that nursing is the field you want to get into now for stability and good pay. This is something I've been interested in for a while, but I like having a regular schedule. Plus, when I was in school I was told that careers in my field of study were easy to come by, paid well, and that need would greatly increase by the time i graduated. Well, that certainly didn't happen (

    Has anyone gone into nursing as a second career? If so, was it a good move? I know everyone's experience will be different, but any advice I can get will be greatly appreciated!

    I've found an accelerated nursing degree program (BSN) that looks promising. I was a science major for a while, so I know I can do the course work and I have the time now to take a year and a half to complete the degree. I just want to be sure that nursing is a stable career where it's possible to find jobs that don't require you to work nights (I have medical problems that would prevent me from working nights) and at least make enough money to pay off my student loans.
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  3. by   KatieBell
    It's pretty hard to get through a career in nursing without working at least some nights. Otherwise, yes nursing is a career that is stable- though ti doesn't really offer regular hours unless you do a Physician practice or something like that...
    youwould defintiely be able to pay off student loans etc.
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    [FONT=Impact] Welcome to the site
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Welcome to these forums!

    Plenty of people have gotten into the field of nursing as a second career for reasons similar to ones you have cited in your post. In fact, there are a bunch of them who are members of these forums. Good luck!
  6. by   angel337
    i think in order to know if nursing will work for you, it is important that you acknowledge EVERYTHING the career entails such as: working nights, or rotating shifts, weekends, holidays. working with body fluids, death, families and many, many more things. I am not trying to put a damper on your decision, but I think too many people go into nursing for the job security without knowing if they can handle the other things that I mentioned.

    yes, of course you can find a nursing job that is m-f, no weekends, holidays or nights but that is usually after hospital experience. try to shadow a nurse to get a realistic view of the profession. if being a nurse is really what you want to do it will work for you. good luck.
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  8. by   Thunderwolf
    please check out our pre-nursing forum which can be accessed via the link below. and yes, nursing is very stable and the possibiities are endless.






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    Last edit by Thunderwolf on Dec 19, '05
  9. by   sweetpea839
    a BSN in nursing is a very promising career, especially because of the possibility of advancing to Nurse practitioner if you decide to move on in your career of choice. I am a BSN from Wisconsin and am a traveling nurse, which allows me to travel from state to state every three months practicing nursing. You do not, however, need a BSN to become a travel nurse. However, BSN nursing gives a few different classes that are more geared toward managerial and organizational efforts, which I have found helpful. You can be a traveling CNA, LPN, respiratory therapist, or etc. Let me know if you would like more info from me on my end.

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