I'm very glad to find this forum, sounds exactly what I need right now. I've been a medical social worker with an MSW/LCSW for the last 12 years in a variety of clinic settings, all in infectious disease. At 41 I'm considering a career change to nursing. I admire and respect the knowledge and abilities of the nurses I work with and for so much that I want to be one of you! I have become so much more medically oriented in my last two jobs and think I would enjoy it. The nursing staff where I work has been very encouraging and they tell me my social work degree and experience will be a great asset.
I did a lot of medication adherence counseling in my last job and teach patients many medical concepts(HIV Disease) in my current one. However I have no interest in working in an inpatient hospital setting. (I don't think anyway) My interest is and remains in public health, TB/STD/HIV. Perhaps hospice as well. I think I could do case management and/or discharge planning as well. I'm trying to blend the skills of both degrees you see. Teaching medical concepts and breaking it down to easy to understand terms is something I love to do and think I have some skill.
I am currently in the process of taking the prerequisites.
So is there room for someone like me in nursing school
? Does one have to work in a hospital or is it reasonable or likely I could find outpatient/public health work straight out of school?