Hi I'm new to this forum, in fact this is my first post, and I hope to get soem help. I was interested in nursing for as long as I can remember but while in college I decided to take psychology just to make sure that it is what I wanted (I don't know what I was thinking). Anyway, I wasted almost 5 yrs with my psych and am now 8 courses away from my degree. I also applied to nursing school
and got accepted for a 4 yr B.S in Nursing program at a local college (applied twice for accelalated program but denied).
So I'm starting nursing hopefully this sept 07 and I was wondering for those nurses or student nurses who have previous degrees - what are you going to do with it/them? Do you just forget about them or use them somehow as a nurse/potential nurse? Do you think a psych degree is an advantage when looking for ur first job straight out of school?
I feel like I wasted so much money and time on a degree that I feel like would be no use to me since I changed my major to nursing.
so how can I make use of it?
Feb 26, '07
I actually have a Psych degree too. A part feels like it was a waste of time and a part of me doesnt. I always thought of a Psych degree as a stepping stone degree.
Like the other post said, its what you make of it. I guess I was lucky because my Psych degree has opened a lot of doors for me. I applied several direct-entry programs and was granted interviews for all of them (got into one and waiting to hear back from 2) I also applied to accBSN programs and got into all those as well.
With my psych degree, I was able to work in challenging situations and work in mental health and research. If you are looking at an accelerated BSN or direct-entry program, I really think these programs look at these things on your resume or essay. My psych degree has also helped me learn how to write good papers, interpret research findings and really think critically. So, it is good academically.
You also use it in everyday life and use it with a BSN. A lot of patients have mental health issues related their physical illness. Additionally, in nursing you deal with tons of people and a psych degree comes in handy.
With that all being said, in hindsight I probably would have tried to get in directly into a 4year BSN program b/c I wish I was starting my career now. Nevertheless, I think my psych degree has given a strong foundation to deal w/ an accBSN and DE program. Although, I honestly dont know if at 19 or 20 I would have been able to handle being a nursing student. It is the level of emotional maturity or lack of life experience that I lacked at that age.
I also have never had a hard time finding a decent job with my Psych degree. In fact I was able to find a job 2 months before I graduated w/ my degree (which was dependant on getting my BA).
Last edit by lc3 on Feb 26, '07