i am writing today to hopefully get some advice. i've spoken with many fellow social workers who all think i've gone insane (or either think i'm just a complete masochist) over this idea i have about going after a degree in nursing and would now like to hear the thoughts of some nurses.
this is my logic. during my undergraduate internship (undergrad degree is also in social work) i entered a placement with a case manager in a local hospital. i fell in love with case management, loved the hospital environment, and really can't see myself being happy in any other environment at this point. with my supervisor being an lmsw and the requirement for his position needing such a license, i decided to pursue graduate school. in 20 days i will complete my masters of social work degree, recently passed my state's licensure exam, which means i'm almost an lmsw at this point. however, i've noticed a trend in hospitals that case management jobs are being filled these days by rn's, and that hospitals are only hiring lmsws or lsws prn (i will not settle for anything less than ft) to deal with instances of complicated discharge planning that usually involve some sort of social disparagement of the patient. as you could imagine, i'm a little disheartened that i've gone to school for 6 years (4 years for bsw, 2 years for msw) now in hopes to enter a field that now requires another discipline.
it is for this reason and the desire to become a nurse that i am considering staying in school and persuing a nursing degree. (and for the sheer reason that it has been in the back of my mind since my freshman roommate finished his degree in two years, and has been working the last 4 years as nurse, while i've been slaving away in academia regretting that i didn't choose the route he did.
) this is where you guys (and gals) come in.
your opinion: should i go to nursing school?
with having a bsw degree and an lmsw degree should i just pursue an associate of nursing degree to obtain my rn license or should i go through an accelerated bsn program? (i heard at one point that seeing as i already have such advanced degrees that i likely would enter the same pay grade as a bsn with just an associates of nursing)
would the combination of lmsw and rn licenses help me advance in the field in any way?