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Conflicting decisions; Business to Nursing

mshuddleston mshuddleston (Member)

Hello all,

I am currently going to The Ohio State University for business administration and am in my second year. I have not started any of my major classes but intended on doing so Spring 2015. I chose my major while I was still in high school and went through with it, but now I am seriously considering the nursing route. I would love to be a CNM, it's pretty much my dream now; I have several nursing, medical, and prescription apps on my phone now and am working in a pharmacy just to get my foot in the healthcare door. I even signed up to volunteer at a hospital. My concerns: would it be plausible to get my business degree then go to school to get a second degree in nursing, or should I just switch majors? Would it make sense to continue going for business and on the side get my STNA, then LPN, and eventually go to school to get my RN and BSN? I am so overwhelmed with options, so I need opinions, please.

Thank you in advance!

its simple, at least from my perspective: why waste money, time, and effort on a degree your not going to utilize?

will the business degree add anything useful in moving forward into nursing, if you are that sure about nursing?

in your shoes, i would just simply switch majors to nursing, and get my BSN, instead about worrying.

Your going to paying tuition, taking loans, etc for a degree, might as well it be for the right degree.

I hope that helps :)

Kuriin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. Has 5 years experience.

You can get your bachelors and then try and get into a MEPN (Master's Entry Program to Nursing) program that most universities have. Just be warned that they are very competitive :)

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience.

CNM= clinical nurse manager?

A degree in business would help to some degree down the road, but the trend is towards masters degrees for leadership. Also, no short term advantage to have the business training.

I'd suggest looking to see if you could do the BSN with a minor in business, especially if they offer electives that relate to healthcare.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, mshuddleston:

From my understanding financial aid works dramatically different if you get your bachelors (i.e. it might be completely cut off for another degree); so if economics matter as part of the picture, I would recommend switching majors.

Thank you.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Please take the time to explore other health care professions as well. There are a lot of options with a similar educational requirement. (Home | explorehealthcareers.org) The job outlook for nurses - particularly new grads - is very uncertain & not likely to improve due to the uncertainty surrounding ACA.

I should have been more specific, but I meant Certified Nurse Midwife. Either way, the reason why I've thought about sticking with business is because I figured it may be able to help me in the future, if I did want to move to the management side of healthcare. I just need help with figuring out what is more plausible right now lol

Thank you for the linke HouTx! What do you mean uncertainty surrounding ACA? I'm going to have to do more research.