Originally posted by mustangsheba:
The fastest way to learn how to be a nurse is to start nursing and it seems to me that would be to get an associates degree. I don't understand how one can go for a masters in nursing without first being a nurse. What if you don't like it? Why do you want to be an NP? I agree, it would be very difficult to be a good NP without first having worked as an RN. You don't mention your passions, just the degrees you have and the ones you want to get. I have nothing against degrees, but nursing is not an area I would enter at this time unless I had an abiding love for it. On the other hand, there are areas where there are openings, especially rural. Tell us about yourself.
[This message has been edited by mustangsheba (edited November 19, 2000).]
You responded to my post on all nurses asking me to tell you about myself and tell you why I want to be a nurse including where my passion is. I feel like you are judging me by asking me to prove myself to you. All I did was post a message on a nursing message board asking for advice. I really thought I would get advice. Instead I am getting recruiters telling me not to be a NP b/c there are no jobs and nurses asking me to prove myself.
If you must know I have always wanted to be a nurse but my parents wouldn't pay for it and guilted me out of it. I have worked as a nurse's aide and enjoyed it (except for the observations I made on how nurses can treat their patients). If you are worried that I can't deal with an enema then stop worrying. Did I mention that I did all of this at the ripe age of 17 in a major trauma center in NY. But again I come from a family that likes to control people by waving money in their face. My parents would not pay for my education as a nurse.
I got my BS in Speech and Language Therapy. I started to do my Masters in Speech and Language Therapy but it wasn't in my heart so I didn't want to spend the time and money in it.
A couple of my friends know who I am and what I am capable of doing so they turned me on to these MSN programs for people with nonnursing degrees and w/o RNs. One of these people who told me about these programs was a nurse herself and she has been the person who has been pushing me to pursue this the whole time. I understand that I probably won't get hired for the top job when I graduate from a Master's program (which won't be until 2005). I know that you need experience. Are you worried that people with these degrees are unprepared? They could be.
I have been trying to do as much homework as I can about these programs. If you are worried about people with nonursing degrees graduating with MSNs then check out the programs yourself. A couple instititions that offer these programs include:
University of Cal in SF, Yale, John Hopkins, and University of Texas at Austin. There are many more programs out there as well. Obviously if someone didn't think these programs could train people how to be Nurse Practioners or Critical Care Managers then they wouldn't be around. Sorry to write a book but I really thought I could use this message board as a resource before and while I am in school. Instead I feel that people are trying to judge me without knowing me first and discourage me from doing something that I have always wanted to do. You know what? I was discourged from nursing from my whole family the first time and I will not be discouraged from wanting to make my life better by fulfilling my dream and advancing my education at the same time.