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    Thanks for all the responses everyone. Blondy, what state are you in? I hadn't thought about oncology, but that seems like a great place for me with my Hospice background and experience with cancer patients. And German, it is okay. I know that it can be tough out there and I don't expect to be a shoe in, but thought I could utilize both sets of skills in nursing, since nursing is holistic anymore looking at the whole person.

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    German...wow thanks for your insight. That is depressing.

    Both Hospices I worked for prefer to higher older, more mature people who have life experience. They don't want people walking into homes of patient's and freaking out or going in shock over something they have not seen before. So, I do feel Hospice might be different in regard to what you are talking about. Also, I have found that Hospice in general thinks wayyy out of the box compared to other fields. I can see where a hospital might want to mold you to their standards and might be afraid of people who have too much experience and too much independence in their thinking. I am doing clinicals at a hospital, but don't think I want to work in a hospital setting. Unfortunately because of nursing school, I had to give the Hospice job up but plan on doing volunteer work when I can. I also have a prn social worker job for another agency that does also employ nurses and PRN nurses. I do think I would have a chance to get in here as a PRN nurse to begin with to get the nursing experience. At least I am hoping I can get in there. Thanks again for your insight.

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    I would love to do Hospice Nursing. The Hospice nurses I have worked with at two different Hospices were fabulous. I have also done a lot of work with worker's compensation as a case manager and have a CRC and CDMS. I know a lot of nurses that do that type of work and would also be interested in that as well. I do feel that I would like home health better than hospital nursing as I was a Home Health Social Worker.

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    Hello,

    I am currently completing my second semester of an ADN program. I have been a Social Worker and have a Master's Degree in Counseling. I have been working as a Hospice Social Worker for the past 6 years. I was originally in nursing school several years ago but chickened out. I am now back again as working side by side with the Hospice Nurses and many other reasons has led me on this journey.

    Do you feel that my social work background and counseling degree will be complementary to my ADN degree and will help with job opportunities? Thanks for your input.

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    Okay, hear is what I have heard and believe. I work with a lot of nurses who tell me that there are many nurses working who are not great nurses (been in trouble, been fired numerous times, etc.) and that the nursing shortage caused some employers to just hire anybody with the "RN" attached to their name out of desperation regardless of how good the nurse was. I have heard horror stories. I believe with the bad economy, this might be a time that employers can now weed out the "bad nurses" and now hire and keep good nurses. So, I think that any decent nurse who wants a job will still have opportunities. I am switching fields and the other thing I have discovered about nurses is most nurses have no idea of all the actual job opportunities out there. Almost every single industry employs nurses in some fashion and many people are just solely focusing on hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices. When truly, nurses work in every field, education, manufacturing (large), healthcare, government, insurance, and other industries. I look at some nurses who don't know they are extremely employable in many places but just really don't know how to look for work. If all nurses knew how to look for employment, there would be no unemployed good nurses in my opinion.

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    Hi everyone,

    I worked in the employment field for a very long time and can tell you that there are still tons of nursing jobs. Only about 8 percent of all actual job openings are even posted in the newspaper or other areas. Most job openings never get posted. I have found almost every job I have through sending my resume to employers not knowing there were openings. Also, getting your foot in the door as a substitute or PRN is much easier than getting in directly as a full time. Nurses are found in almost all industries. What you should each do is type up a draft email that has a cover letter and resume. Go to the local online chamber of commerce website to get a list of employers in your area, healthcare and other and just start sending those emails out. Don't just concentrate on healthcare employers. Government, manufacturing, education all have nurses as well. If you think out of the box, you WILL LAND A JOB. I guarantee it.

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    Thanks again everybody for more responses. Cindylou, I am glad another social worker is on here who chose to go into nursing. I have always been told that going from a Medical Social Worker to a nurse is a complementary transition with the knowledge a medical social worker can take to nursing. I also know there are so many more opportunities for nursing everywhere. I now see jobs for social work supervisors and these jobs sometimes want an RN credential. I have seen many non nursing jobs that require the RN credential and I can't see where anybody can lose to have that credential.

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    I appreciate your response. One thing about my career now is that I have a Master's Degree and can't hardly make over 15.00 per hour. Social Work has been rated the most stressful occupation for the least amount of pay and believe me it is very thankless many times especially for the low pay and high education you have to have to be in it. Also, for my occupation, I am being asked to go back to school to get a Michigan license. When I compared the schooling for my job versus nursing (something I have always wanted to do) I think it makes way more sense for nursing because at least I could get paid for the stress and I really do like the nursing aspects. I work side by side by the Hospice nurses on visits and have helped do many not so pleasant tasks to assist the nurses. I used to work as a nurses aide many years ago with individuals with quadriplegia and at a nursing home and I loved that job, even though it meant giving enemas, doing cathetirs (internal and external),bathing, dressing, cleaning lots of crap, vomit, etc. I did not mind any of that work. I also have a great understanding of medications, and other areas that nurses need to know because of my Hospice job and my workers compensation experience working side by side with the nurses.

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    I appreciate again all of the responses even the one that told me not to do it. One thing about my career now is that I have a Master's Degree and can't hardly make over 15.00 per hour. Social Work has been rated the most stressful occupation for the least amount of pay and believe me it is very thankless many times especially for the low pay and high education you have to have to be in it. Also, for my occupation, I am being asked to go back to school to get a Michigan license. When I compared the schooling for my job versus nursing (something I have always wanted to do) I think it makes way more sense for nursing because at least I could get paid for the stress and I really do like the nursing aspects. I work side by side by the Hospice nurses on visits and have helped do many not so pleasant tasks to assist the nurses. I used to work as a nurses aide many years ago with individuals with quadriplegia and at a nursing home and I loved that job, even though it meant giving enemas, doing cathetirs (internal and external),bathing, dressing, cleaning lots of crap, vomit, etc. I did not mind any of that work. I also have a great understanding of medications, and other areas that nurses need to know because of my Hospice job and my workers compensation experience working side by side with the nurses.

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    RN,
    Thanks so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it. I do think my experience working hand in hand with nurses will be beneficial to me going into the program. I have so much respect for our nurses and really do want to do it. Thanks again for your response.

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    Hello everybody,

    When I first went to college several years ago, I went to nursing school but quickly changed my major when I chickened out of some science classes. At that age, I was more interested in having fun at college than studying. I did end up getting a Bachelor's Degree and then more recently got my Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have worked in a few different career fields. Most recently, I have been a Hospice Social Worker and also worked as a Vocational Case Manager in the worker's compensation field. In both of these fields, I work very closely with nurses. I feel like a nurse more than a social worker and just really want to do nursing. I did go ahead and apply at three different nursing schools that offer the ADN. My question is I am 47 years old and if I go to school, I will be 49 years old when I get out. I am very healthy and most doctors tell me that I will live to be 100 years old. Also, I have longevity in my genes. When I way the pros and cons of nursing, the pros win out. I love everything about nursing and see everyday what they do close up especially in my Hospice job.

    Anyway, do you all think I am too old to do this? And if not, do you feel my background will be helpful to me in becoming a nurse? Thanks for your help.

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    Hello everybody,

    When I first went to college several years ago, I went to nursing school but quickly changed my major when I chickened out of some science classes. At that age, I was more interested in having fun at college than studying. I did end up getting a Bachelor's Degree and then more recently got my Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have worked in a few different career fields. Most recently, I have been a Hospice Social Worker and also worked as a Vocational Case Manager in the worker's compensation field. In both of these fields, I work very closely with nurses. I feel like a nurse more than a social worker and just really want to do nursing. I did go ahead and apply at three different nursing schools that offer the ADN. My question is I am 47 years old and if I go to school, I will be 49 years old when I get out. I am very healthy and most doctors tell me that I will live to be 100 years old. Also, I have longevity in my genes. When I way the pros and cons of nursing, the pros win out. I love everything about nursing and see everyday what they do close up especially in my Hospice job.

    Anyway, do you all think I am too old to do this? And if not, do you feel my background will be helpful to me in becoming a nurse? Thanks for your help.



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