Hello Missouri nurses!
I'm a guy who has been out of college for ~5 years working in research. I have decided it is time for a change! I've always kept nursing as a profession in the back of my mind, even majored in it for a semester at school. I have a lot of friends who are nurses (male and female) and they all enjoy it quite a bit. I'm attracted to it for many reasons including the career potential and the opportunity for advancement. For all the caring, patience, and helpfulness I can bring to the profession it is still a job and I need to make sure that there are openings out there before I make such a life change. So, I have a few questions for you all. I look very forward to your input!
1. I'm looking at accelerated programs at SLU, Goldfarb, and UMSL. The price-tags vary quite a bit. Is there a benefit to going to SLU over UMSL? Am I more likely to get a better job or better education? Will employers look at me differently depending on what school I go to?
2. I've been reading through allnurses.com quite a bit and it seems like there is a lot of complaining about the job market right now. I was always under the impression that nursing was a profession in demand, and that there was always a shortage. Heck, when I talk to some of my friends they are getting bonus and double bonus time because the hospitals need incentives to get the nurses to work there. Why is it that on this website there seems to be a lot of doom and gloom over the job market in nursing. I need to stay in the St. Louis area when I graduate (roughly Summer '14). Am I going to have an incredibly difficult time finding a job?
3. I am a male. Will this affect me positively in my job search? If so, how much?
4. I have four classes I need to take over the next year. I'm taking them at night while I work. I would then go into an accelerated program. Is there any advice you can give me on what I can do now, or during the accelerated schooling (even though I hear you can't do much) to get a one-up on finding a job after graduation?
I was so pumped about nursing but now I'm a little scared. All this "there are no jobs, I've put in 100s of apps and can't find anything" is a little worrisome.