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I have been a RN for 3 years now and before that served as an HM in the Navy. I have worked psych, med-surg, and currently urgent care. I question if I want to continue in Nursing sometimes. I like my current position but dislike working with burnt out ER nurse and providers. I just don't feel like I have the personality for the ED/UC specialty. How long did it take you to love nursing or find your niche? I went into nursing to work in women's health, wether that be OB or as a lactation educator but it seems these positions are tough to break into. Any tips on how to move in that direction? Thanks!

I have been an LPN for 15 years and I have worked just about every area there is except OB and Peds. I recently graduated with my RNBSN but have yet been able to pass the boards, I just wanted to reply to your topic to say that I love nursing and I can't imagine doing anything else with my career. Maybe you should step outside of your box and go where your heart takes you within the area of nursing that will open up your passion that you have for the area that you want and get out of where you are at currently. There are burnt out people everywhere you go so why not be in a place that you love instead of a place that you work...go for it!

Thanks! I just need to take the steps to get there. I've only been at my current position for 8 months so I feel like I should stick out a little longer.

loveofrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU. Has 3 years experience.

I have been an LPN for 15 years and I have worked just about every area there is except OB and Peds. I recently graduated with my RNBSN but have yet been able to pass the boards, I just wanted to reply to your topic to say that I love nursing and I can't imagine doing anything else with my career. Maybe you should step outside of your box and go where your heart takes you within the area of nursing that will open up your passion that you have for the area that you want and get out of where you are at currently. There are burnt out people everywhere you go so why not be in a place that you love instead of a place that you work...go for it!

Just wondering how you got admitted to a bsn school without you Rn license and also you graduated from the Bsn also without the license...there must be many shortcut to be a nurse then

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

There are many pre-licensure BSN programs out there. An ASN and then RN-BSN is not the only option.

Just wondering how you got admitted to a bsn school without you Rn license and also you graduated from the Bsn also without the license...there must be many shortcut to be a nurse then

I'm confused. Why would she need her RN license to get accepted into a BSN program?

Having your RN first isn't a prerequisite..

loveofrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU. Has 3 years experience.

Because she said she just graduated from a rn to bsn program. So according to schools in PA, that is, if you have an ASN, you must have your rn license before enrolling in a bsn program except it is a prelicensure bsn or accelerated straight up bsn.

No, she didn't. This is what she said: "I recently graduated with my RNBSN..."

She didn't have an ASN. She was an LPN.

Also, there are LPN-BSN programs available for licensed LPN's. They have the option of transferring their prereq's over to the BSN program or testing out of the general ed classes. It's hardly a shortcut.

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Surprised1, MSN, RN

Specializes in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. Has 9 years experience.

HM3-2-BSN,

Have you tried networking? Do you have any friends/acquaintances/contacts in women's health? If you had a good relationship with your professors from nursing school, you could call them and let them know you're interested in that field. Instructors are great "ins" with clinical directors and other hiring managers at hospitals. Also, did any of your fellow nursing students go into women's health? If so, call them! I'm a second career RN, and all the jobs I've ever had in this life and my former life were obtained through knowing someone. In my experience, managers would much rather have a personal recommendation from someone they know and trust, than sort through 100s of applications or depend on HR to find the right candidate. Good luck!

Yes, the program that I did was an LPN to RNBSN program. I had to pass the 5 areas of the RN NCLEX tests in order to be accepted and have my prerequisites as well. I did this and completed the classes at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. You don't have to be an RN to achieve this.:)