I have a question that I need some help with. I currently have a BS in Criminology and work in that field. I have been taking my pre reqs for nursing, and only need 2 more classes before I start my actual nursing courses. In the past I had decided to go straight for a BSN but am currently extremely dissatisfied with my job (honestly, that's a nice way to put it). I started to think about going back for my Associates in Nursing and working for a bit, then going back for my Bachelor's. I am concerned about getting a job with just an Associate's degree, though. I know that the market is getting tighter because a lot of laid off people choose to go into the health care field (go them!) and I was concerned that only having an Associates would put me behind them when it comes to jobs. Because I already have a degree, I wasn't sure if that would help me, or make me look like I just wasn't trying hard enough the second time. Either way, I will get a BSN, it's just a matter of timing at this point. Is there anyone who could give me some advice on this - I truly would appreciate it. Thank you!
Hi again editing. Check the website at Vanderbilt School of Nursing
and click on multiple entry options. It looks like you'll need to go to school for at least two years to get an advanced nurse practice license. Keep in mind that if you went for the ADN or maybe even the BSN, you'll be going for about the same amount of time as the masters but may not have the same opportunities for job offerings once you graduate.
I know of a couple of nurses who work for the VA in Nashville and seem to like it although it can be a long, ardous process to get on. It may be worth it though because as I understand it, they pay more than other health care systems in town. Since you don't like your job, you may want to check the website at USAJOBS - The Federal Government's Official Jobs Site
and see what's out there. As a matter of fact, I've been on the prowl on that website myself. You may be able to get your foot in the door now and then have the VA, for instance, pay for your schooling to become a nurse. If you're serious about nursing and making that your 2nd or 3rd career, put alot of thought in the MSN degree. I wish you well in your decision.
Last edit by Mijourney on May 4, '10