I desperately need a career change. I originally was interested in becoming an RN, which is the reason I joined this site. I know this is a nursing forum, and from previous threads I've read everyone here is so helpful so I thought I'd ask, and I'd appreciate any comments you have on this..
Recently sonography has caught my attention, and seems very interesting to me.
I'm worried if I go for nursing, I may become emotionally stressed and unable to handle it.. thats a huge concern of mine, especially after battling depression and anxiety... and that concern is pretty much the only thing holding me back from getting my nursing degree.
I did shadow a nurse at a hospital and she was great at explaining everything to me, and after seeing what she did in a typical day, I felt like it was something I could do, and something that would be very rewarding at the same time. I love helping people.
Does anyone know how hard it is to switch from one to the other? I'm not sure if the two are very much related (same courses, etc). How does salary compare?..not only starting salary, but as the years go on, how does it compare after years of experience? From the research I've done it seems there may just be more opportunities for advancement (and more pay) in nursing.. but I think I might like the idea of sonography better. But I don't want to spend my time and money in school for sonography if the jobs just arent there.. and if the pay isnt great.
There are only 2 schools that ive looked at in my area and am considering for their sonography program, one of which is a community college and the other a trade school.
If I do decide to go for nursing, I think I'd go to a community college.. how does that compare to a major college? I would think with the demand for nurses at this time it wouldnt matter where or what kind of school you went to to get a degree, but I'm not sure.
Sorry im kind of all over the place with my questions, I'm just soo confused right now on what to do.
Any help at all is greatly appreciated. Nurses I need your insight!
Thanks a bunch
Aug 12, '08
by Nurseismade RN
off course you will ultimately have to decide which profession to enter. I am an RN, but also had interest years ago to be an sonagrapher aka ultrasound tech.
I will say this, it is not easy being a nurse, but I love it. What I dislike most is all the documentation.....I spend a lot of time charting. I love bedside nursing and my patients well being is very important to me, but I feel all the computer charting takes away time from my patients. With Ultrasound....just from observance....they seem happy but not much involvement with the patients but they do not seem rushed and spend time talking with the patients prior to ultrasound. There are different avenues once you are registered. I know cardiac ultrasound techs or cardiac echo techs make huge money. One woman I worked with prior to becomming a nurse started out at 55 per hour vs 29 per hour RN new grad pay in Boston. I also worked in the Ultrasound dept at Brighams and saw how happy the girls were.not stressed.....they got to go to the floors when patients could not come to them. They were called alot to the OR and Labor and delivery and NICU.
A big plus as an Ultrasound Tech...they get to leave on time......
downside.......they do not seem to leave their jobs...so not many job opportunities
all the best
ps I am steering my daughter into that field
Last edit by Nurseismade RN on Aug 12, '08