New with a few ???'s....

  1. Hi everyone. I've been browsing, and finally decided to come out of lurking! I'm a 34 yr old (just turned 34 a week ago!) mom that is going to be starting nursing school this Fall semester. I have been raising my four kiddos (3 in school), and have decided to get my butt in gear and get a career....I have a few questions for you....I hope you can answer them. Since being accepted in the RN program, i have had people ask me which dept. will i work in when i graduate? I have no idea!:uhoh21: How do you know while in nursing school which dept will be best suited for you? And when you do your clinicals, do you have to "pick" which dept to specialize in? I really dunno ....and also, I am 3 general classes away from getting my AA degree, also, and I would like to get my BSN eventually...could you fill me in on the pros and cons of having an RN associates degree vs. a RN bsn degree? Is there much of a pay increase or ???

    Thank you for those that answer me...sorry if I sound nieve (sp?) in any way, this is all so new to me....

    Regards, Dana
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   manna
    Welcome, and happy belated birthday!

    The BSN vs. ADN is a highly debated and controversial topic. Do a forum search and there are tons of threads on this subject. From what I understand, BSNs and ADNs both working at the bedside often have the exact same rate of pay. A BSN would be important, perhaps, for future career advancement, such as management, teaching, grad school, etc.

    As far as clinicals go, most schools rotate through different areas of the hospital at set times. You don't choose the areas then, although your senior year you may be able to choose an area you'd like to concentrate in. By that time, you'll have experienced more of the different areas of nursing and will better be able to make your decision.

    Seems like some people go into nursing school knowing what area they'd like to specialize in. Personally, I have no idea and figure it'll come to me with time.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Dana! Welcome to All nurses! You might want to post your questions in the General discussions forum or the student nursing forum to get more answers!
  5. by   Renee' Y-Y
    As you go through your different clinicals: Med/Surg, Pedi, OB/Gyn, psych, & elective - you will discover what you like & don't like. Your board exam covers all of the above so you don't really specialize until you apply for your first job. I fell in love with critical care nursing when I did my med/surg II rotation & then did a critical care elective which pretty much clenched it for me. You do not need to make any decisions about the area you would like to work until your elective (sr year & some schools don't even offer one) or until you graduate.
  6. by   tsgarman
    I did not know what area I wanted to work in until my last semester of school. I knew I did not want to be a floor nurse. Too many pt's at one time. So I choose to specialize in Critical Care. I LOVE IT!!! Would not trade it for the world. You will find what suits you as you go through the different clinicals. Don't stress over it. Just focus on getting through school. That in it self will be a challenge. Believe me this is coming from a 35 yr old who went to school for 5 years to get my BSN. I also have a husband and only one child, it was still hard to balance. But very well worth it.

    Good luck and keep me posted.

    Tami
  7. by   fourblessings
    Thank you guys!!!

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