After 12 years of practicing law (as a criminal prosecutor) I'm thinking about returning to school and becoming a nurse. After months of working with a career counselor, personal reflection, and research (on-line and otherwise) I'm feel strongly that this would be the right choice for me. (There's a local school that just began offering an AS degree in Nursing making one eligible to sit for the N-CLEX for registered nurses.) I'm fortunate to have a wife who supports my decision, and also works, which lessens the financial impact. Still, there will be a number of sacrafices to be made for the next 3 years (approx.) and we have two young children who also have to be considered first and foremost.
I was happy to find this web site and particularly glad to find this board (Male Nursing Students). I'm hope that in reading the posts I will find: encouragement; positive stories; advice; etc. Any input/advise/encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Many people in my life think I'm crazy leaving a good paying career at this stage in my life. Fact is, though, that being an attorney so goes against my core as a person. I do not find the work fulfilling at all. To the contrary, the advesarial nature of the work takes it's toll physiacally and emotionally. The idea of helping people; caring for people has always been a large part of who I am. And in fact, all these persoanlity/employment/interest tests I've taken repeatedly reveal nursing as a strong match for who I am.
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It looks like my best option, for better or worse, may be pursuing my RN-BSN after completing my ASN and begining work.
1. Unfortunately there aren't any acceerated programs, that I could find, in Western Washington. Although I agree with the suggestions that even with travel considerations an accelerated BSN program would be the way to go. I wish circumstances were otherwise.
2. University of Washington offers the satelite RN-BSN program closer to home (20 minutes). Again, I suppose I could complete that while I'm working and contributing to the family finances.
3. In response to Freedom42's question... it's my understanding that there is no preference, per se, for BSNs by local employers. In fact, our local community college recently started the ASN program in response to the need for qualified nurses. I also have a friend who finished the ASN program an began working almost immediately thereafter. So my hope is even with the ASN, to start, I'll be gainfully employed while pursuing my BSN. (fingers crossed!)
Just as an update: I'm meeting with a nursing school advisor tomorrow. I will discuss with her all these issues you guys/gals raised. Anyting else I should be asking?
Thanks again all! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!!
Last edit by quinnsite on Jul 13, '09