Quote from PsychGrad2BRN
Your screen name stood out to me because I used to work in IT as well. In addition, our graduation year/age is the same. I really hear what you're saying about depression putting a damper on college grades, because I went through similar issues as well.
Just some things to think about before taking the plunge:
1) What kind of lifestyle do you want when you have kids? Being in the nursing profession would offer you greater flexibility in your work schedule, and you can also work part time. With IT, you're more limited in scheduling work hours.
2) You can probably knock out more prereqs than you think with your previous bachelor's. Of course, look at the schools and their particular requirements. But you may not need 37 hours of prereqs.
3) From what I have heard, many ADN programs are actually MORE competitive than the Direct Entry/Accelerated BSN programs since they are much less expensive. But DE/ABSN is also much more intense.
4) Many schools only care about recent grades, or the grades in your prereqs. Check the admissions standards of the schools to which you will apply. If you get A's in your prereqs, it may not matter that you got a 2.5 ten years ago.
5) As far as projected job growth in the IT field is concerned, I don't believe it. Of course, I am sour on the field due to losing my job in 2004, and not being able to get back into it (I'm a social worker now). Think about this: you can't send healthcare overseas.
Of course, you need to make the decision that is right for you. Good luck.
I don't need any persuading to get out of IT; everything I've read indicates above average job growth in the field but I'm tired of having to prove that I'm worth my salary and that I can do the job better than some guy in India. The company I work for has about 5,000 workers in India and you can really see the difference in quality; if we get data that is *****'d or cases that have been rewound about 800 times, we know for sure that they're from India because they always are. The company I work for is so committed to 'offshoring,' as they call it, that even though the quality of work from India is so bad that some jobs are being recalled from there, other jobs are being sent over in their place.
In a nutshell, I'm paranoid about the future and one of the things that's attractive about nursing is that nurses can't be outsourced...among many other things that make it attractive. I suppose I should leave that part out at any interview.
As for my pre-reqs...the accelerated program requires 6 hours of US history, which I didn't have to take in college; and since I was a liberal arts major I didn't take classes like nutrition and statistics. Any A&P I'd taken I would have to retake, but I didn't take any. All the bio and chem classes I had were non-major classes. UT had two flavors of science: one flavor for science majors, and another for non-science majors. I was in the 'science lite' classes, so I don't think they would count. :spin: