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 years.
My question is when should I quit my current job, to start working in a nursing/medical setting. I would like to get my foot in the door someplace, but I know it will be a huge pay cut for me as well. I think the exposure and experience would be worth it in the long run. I am also unsure which positions to apply for.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to which positions to apply for, or when I should make the transition to medical/nursing work. Currently, I work full time, Monday through Friday, and my BSN program is an evening and weekend program.
I could wait until I graduate and then leave my job, but I am worried with no experience finding a job might be more difficult. Thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated good, bad or indifferent!
"All the nurses that graduated from the BSN program I am in, were offered jobs, per the Director of Nursing Program. She said that they may not have all been happy with the shift offered or the floor, but they all were offered jobs. So if that is accurate..."
Ah ha! Maybe, maybe not. Your college will always "spin" this. Just search allnurses, or read awhile... Best to network and find those past grads from your program to get your information. Most every college will give the same spin or even a better spin. Good that you are tooling around for your own investigating
Oh, forgot this:
-No seniority at this stage you'll have to try that once you are an RN if it even applies at all - maybe a unionized facility?
-Few chances at tuition perks these days, are you absolutely sure? Then great! The great perks of years ago, are not too common these days.
Last edit by netglow on Mar 1, '13
Have not confirmed what Director said, but did talk to a small hand full of graduate students and they were offered jobs, but that was a small group. It's a shame someone would do that, but it's a business to them nothing more.
The area hospital offer tuition reimbursement anywhere from $1500-12000. Each hospital is different, but they almost all offer it where I live. It's my understanding from people (family) that work at a hospital your seniority starts the moment you are hired and carries over once you become a RN. For example, my mom works with someone that started in housekeeping and did that for years she went back to school became an RN and now her seniority is at 30 years since her housekeeping time was combined with RN time. I am sure each hospital is different so I will check into that. Thanks for the advice it's all good things to think about.
Last edit by Tally4970 on Mar 1, '13
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