Quote from tnohe1
Ok, so I am looking to change careers and want to get into nursing. Currently I have a bachelors in Business and I am 30 years old. I wanted to go back and get my nursing degree but don't know where to start! I was thinking of getting my CNA in hopes that I will be able to get into a BSN or ASN program quicker. Obviously I am not getting any younger and I would like to not have to wait 5 years before I get accepted. Any hints/tips/trick or even paths I should take to fulfill this?
Hi tnohe1, wanted to echo the post about your being a great candidate for an accelerated bsn program. Your previous degree and experience will only enhance what you have to bring to the table should you decide to go into nursing.
I decided to pursue my bsn at age 37, with my first degree in History. I worked full time for a while and took pre-requisites at PCC in Portland. I quit my job after 3 quarters and dedicated my time to school. I ended up going to Villanova University (outside of Philadelphia, PA) for their accelerated bsn which was 14 months. (I would hardly call my bsn "accelerated" however, since it ended up taking me 2 years and 7 months to complete when you count all the pre-reqs.)
Can't give you advice about the CNA route. I've heard people say it's a great way to decide if you like bedside nursing, but I didn't go that route. I knew I wanted to be a nurse and just went for it.
Graduated in July 09 and passed the NCLEX in October. Diligently looked for work for MONTHS in the Portland area. Seriously, job hunting was sheer HELL. But I'm happy to say that I have a full time job now as an RN at an assisted living facility. I am nervous about getting rusty with my medical nursing skills, but I certainly consider myself an RN, what with the case managment, education, assessment and delegation that are all part of my job description. Anyway, by the time you graduate from nursing school the economic situation will hopefully be entirely different.
Best of luck to you in whatever you decide!