Do you have a BSW? You stated you have a B.A. but in psychology. From what I learned in my research and talking to a social worker I know, to be an actual social worker you have to have a BSW and that some people do work in the field with other degrees but are not actual social workers. Maybe that is why you cannot make more money. I've been checking salaries and although it is lower than some RN jobs, the median salary in my area for a BSW is $38,549 and for MSW $45,077. The lower end is BSW $35407 and MSW $41,761.
These salaries do not seem too bad to me but nursing does pay better. I too am worried about the physical aspect of nursing especially since I seem to be having some major back problems for the last 6 months. My back hurts quite a bit these days.
I also worry about the being able to do procedures such as catheters, IVs and of course the yuck stuff involved in nursing.
Just last night I talked myself into dropping the nursing and continue on with social work, but then I read something and makes me wonder if I am making a mistake. Boy life is just so hard these day.
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I am currently a social worker taking my prereqs for nursing school. I hope to work in psychiatric nursing. For me, a big advantage to nursing is the pay and job availablity. I have a B.A. in psychology, and decided to work in the social work field before going to grad school. My experience as a social worker has taught me that jobs are few (even for people with master's degrees), the pay is horendous (lucky to start out at $10 - $11 an hour), and it is very difficult working with people when a large majority of them refuse or are inable to take responsibilty for their actions. So, I've decided to take the plunge at nursing rather than continuing with a masters in psychology because I think it will give me more opportunities in life and a better quality life to help me provide for my family. I also believe that many of the aspects I love about social work (making a diference in people's lives) will be a huge part of my job as a nurse. I am however concerned with the physical aspect of nursing and the wear and tear it does on your body. Nursing is also much more stressful, and taking the responsibility for another life is an immense responsibility. I also think nursing school is much more difficult than getting an advanced degree in social work or psychology.