Hello Nurse Beth,
I am trying to figure out what to do with my life. I am 24 and have a bachelor's degree in animal science. I cannot find a job and I am considering going back to get my associates of nursing. It just makes me nervous because I'll be 27 when I graduate. I am already upset that I've got a bachelor's degree and can't find a job, do you think that the associates degree is a good option?
You are feeling the pressure of making career/life decisions, and it’s not always easy to know what’s best for you.
Nursing is a wonderful career choice in many ways...but it’s not for everyone. Be careful not to jump into it for the wrong reasons. Some of those reasons include:
- I don’t know what I want to do
- It pays well
- It’s my default/backup plan
- It’s a quick educational path
If you do choose nursing, go for the Bachelor’s degree in nursing. It will take a few more months on the front end, but open up so many more opportunities for you later on. It’s definitely worth it.
fyi- 27 is not old. I started in nursing at age 31.
Oct 21, '15
27 is not "too old" I started nursing school at 38. But being a nurse is a calling, a passion, a driving force in your life that you cannot ignore. Going into nursing because you cannot get a job in you chosen field is(in my opinion) a bad idea. Depending on your area RN jobs are very hard to come by for new grad's.
Can you expand you area of search for jobs requiring your current degree?
Last edit by Dragonnurse1 on Oct 21, '15
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Adding my 2 cents. I started pre-Reqs at 47 and graduated at 50. Tried bedside but not a good fit for oh so many reasons (another time, another story) I became a Blood Center Collection nurse and have been very satisfied with my career with my blood center for over 10 years. No, I’m not making 6 figures but otherwise very satisfied. An RN has lots of options even with an ADN and a BS/BA not in nursing other than bedside.
Last edit by srahamim on Nov 26
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