Currently, I am a sophomore business student. I have been debating switching from accounting to nursing over the past 6 months. If I choose nursing my goal is to become a NP. I know I will not be happy as a floor nurse the rest of my life. I know getting into a NP program is difficult and I have not seen one school that requires less than a 3.0 GPA. I have a 3.0 in my business program, but I am not sure how I will fair in the science classes required for nursing. I have been accepted into a nursing program by the way. Any advice on what path I should choose? How hard is it really to get into NP school? My heart is literally torn between business and nursing. One of the main reasons I am not 100% for nursing is the hours, meaning holidays and weekends. I want to be there for my kids as much as possible. Do any of you know anyone who regrets nursing? I know some people regret going in to the business field. Please help me out, thanks in advance!
If you choose nursing, you can expect to study nights, weekends and holidays while in school. Then you will work the floor for a number of years to gain the experience necessary to apply for NP programs. You will be expected to work weekends, holidays and probably nights as well, since you will be starting as an entry-level RN. Once you have acute care experience, you can apply for NP school.....where you will be working whatever hours are required by your program and employment needs.
While another member makes a good point about all the other areas you can work, if you wish to go to go the NP route, cushy clinics aren't going to get you the acute care experience you need. And considering the job market, you might not get the hours you want quickly as there are other people ahead of you in that queue. Want to work recovery or home health? You'll need experience first.
There is no nursing shortage; there is a glut of new grads who want jobs much the same as there is in most every degreed field out there. And the daytime office jobs are usually filled by lower licenses or none at all: look up "Medical Assistant" and see the competition for spots that used to be filled by actual nurses.
Most people do not go into nursing because they enjoy the prospect of evenings, nights, weekend and holiday work. But it is expected. All you REALLY have to decide is if the desire to become an RN is greater than the desire to be an accountant. They are obviously very different careers, and only you can decide where your interests really lie. I can tell you, though, that if you put a high priority on a traditional 9-5 sort of worklife, then nursing may not be in the cards for you. But if there's something that tells you you won't be happy UNLESS you pursue it.....maybe it is.
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