Investment Banking to Nursing career change

  1. Hi everyone. My name's Sam and I'm new to this forum as well as the nursing field. I recently left an 8 year career in Investment Banking to pursue a career in nursing and would appreciate any feed back anyone might have. I'm still deciding which nursing program to apply to; A.A.S. vs B.S.N, I don't know if this is the right forum to ask but if one has a R.N. license with a A.A.S. how much of a disadvantage are you in the job market vs. a person with a B.S.N. degree? Thanks for any comments.

    Sam
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  3. by   arciedee
    Welcome! I'm going to be leaving the mutual fund industry (corporate finance) for nursing myself. Re: ADN vs. BSN, there are a lot of debates on this, but it seems that initially there is no real advantage of one over the other; there is little, if any, wage difference starting out. My advice would be to check job postings and see whether they list any preference for the jobs you would be interested in. Now, later on in your career you may find that you need a BSN, but some people choose to wait and earn the BSN while working as an RN and get tuition reimbursement from their employer. You might want to check out local hospitals' employment sites regarding that as well... I know my local hospitals don't give out much per year for tuition reimbursement, it would maybe cover one or two classes a year, so it might be more advantageous to go for the BSN from the start.

    Assuming you already have a bachelor's degree, you might want to check out accelerated BSN programs in your area, as well. Here is a link to the AACN list of these programs: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/pdf/APLIST.PDF

    Hope this helps!
  4. by   sirI
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    Quote from javachair
    Hi everyone. My name's Sam and I'm new to this forum as well as the nursing field. I recently left an 8 year career in Investment Banking to pursue a career in nursing and would appreciate any feed back anyone might have. I'm still deciding which nursing program to apply to; A.A.S. vs B.S.N, I don't know if this is the right forum to ask but if one has a R.N. license with a A.A.S. how much of a disadvantage are you in the job market vs. a person with a B.S.N. degree? Thanks for any comments.

    Sam
    Hello, Sam,

    Welcome to Allnurses.com

    No disadvantages with the ADN/ASN. Some hospitals may say, BSN preferred, but, most do not care.
  5. by   javachair
    Thanks for the reply. Arciedee, I've been looking at job postings and most don't explicitly state a BSN requirement. However, I do worry that a BSN would get preference over an AAS. I always hear of a nursing shortage but how acute is the problem (in metro areas)? Ultimately I would want to get a BSN so I can get a MS and become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Good luck on your transition.

    Thanks for the welcome siri.

    Sam
  6. by   arciedee
    Quote from javachair
    Thanks for the reply. Arciedee, I've been looking at job postings and most don't explicitly state a BSN requirement. However, I do worry that a BSN would get preference over an AAS. I always hear of a nursing shortage but how acute is the problem (in metro areas)? Ultimately I would want to get a BSN so I can get a MS and become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Good luck on your transition.

    Thanks for the welcome siri.

    Sam
    I doubt that you would have a hard time getting a job whichever route you go, so it really comes down to what will work best for you cost-wise, time-wise, etc.
  7. by   Thunderwolf
    Good feedback!!!!

    Welcome, Sam, to Allnurses!

    Wolfie
  8. by   nicuRN2007
    welcome!
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    Hello and welcome to the wonderful family of allnurses.com. Enjoy your stay, and best of luck to you.

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