When to quit non-nursing job, now that I have been accepted into BSN program?. - page 2

by Tally4970 2,101 Views | 17 Comments

I am 38 years old and have been in Law Enforcement for 16 years. I am doing a complete career change, I just finished up a year of pre-nursing classes and have been officially accepted into a BSN program. I will graduate in two... Read More


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    I have never heard of a non-RN job counting towards seniority in an RN job. I wouldn't take that to the bank.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    I have never heard of a non-RN job counting towards seniority in an RN job. I wouldn't take that to the bank.
    Perhaps they were alluding to hospital seniority. I worked as a unit clerk before transitioning to RN; although I was bottom of the RN seniority totem pole, my hospital seniority carried over into aspects such as vacation, benefits, and sick time.
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    At our local hospital I am 100% certain this is the way it works, your non-RN job can and does count towards your RN seniority once you become an RN.
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    Quote from Tally4970
    At our local hospital I am 100% certain this is the way it works, your non-RN job can and does count towards your RN seniority once you become an RN.
    I think you may be confusing employment seniority vs nursing seniority.

    The housekeeper you mentioned may have the PTO, pension, and other perks of a long time employee, but in terms of salary, unit seniority, etc the new RN would probably start at day one
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    Actually, I know that's not how it works at my local hospital, my mom is a NP and my sister is an RN at this hospital and that is exactly how it works there. Again this is not the question, it's when should I make the transition.......
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    Education is expensive, and you may at some point decide that nursing isn't for you. I'd keep the old job as long as I could, maybe till your last year of nursing school
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    Honestly, I assume you make goid money now, I wouldn't quit anytime soon to make 10$ an hour.
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    In my area, it's almost a necessity to work as an aide/uap if you want to find a hospital job. I work at a large academic hospital and probably half of our new grad positions are for in-house staff, only. The big children's hospital down the road hires almost exclusively from its uap pool, etc. I would personally apply for a uap spot as soon as possible...again, in my area, the pre-req is passing nursing skills/fundamentals I. Waiting until you are a senior will close a lot of doors since by the time you've been adequately trained, you'll be graduating and looking for a RN job. If you can afford the paycut, I would get into a medical based job as soon as you're eligible


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