Changing career to nursing, last minute fear - page 2

I'm a career switcher. Nursing school starts within three weeks. My mind suddenly gets a 180 degrees turn. Now I'm getting scared about nursing future and hate to quit my job so much. I... Read More

  1. by   browneyedgirl71
    Thanks MMR!! It sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and you will make the right decision based on what is right for you. I wish you all the best in whatever profession you choose.
  2. by   jjjoy
    When I graduated from nursing school in 95, there was a bit of a glut as many hospitals had recently downsized and new grads were competing with experienced nurses for jobs. Many of my classmates worked as CNAs for several months until they were hired on as RNs and/or persistently bugged the unit they wanted to work at, asking if there was an opening yet. Still, with a little persistence, there were jobs to be had. As you can see, that relatively tighter job market was only temporary. There is just so much demand for nurses that I think there will always be jobs to be had. Maybe not the exact area you want to work in. Maybe not the compensation you want (though it should remain better than average for 'entry-level' positions). Maybe not the working conditions you want (understaffing is endemic). Once you have some experience, you'll have more ability to get the jobs you want. So, if I were you (OP), I wouldn't worry too much about job prospects in general.

    More important is that you want to become a nurse. I volunteered in several different units and shadowed a couple of nurses before applying to nursing school. However, by the time I finished my degree (two years), I realized I didn't enjoy nursing. However, I learned a lot in nursing school and it wasn't a waste. I now work in a related area... in front of computer all day - works for me!

    Every thing we do is a learning experience, so hopefully no matter what you decide or how it turns out, you can be satisfied with your choices.
  3. by   firstyearstudent
    Nursing vs. IT: You can't outsource an enema to India.

    What's ironic is I knew an RN in the late '80s who'd gone back to school to get a computer science degree to cash in on the high-tech boom. I wonder if she's back in nursing...

    With so many skills, I'm sure you'll be employable whatever happens.
    Last edit by firstyearstudent on Aug 18, '06
  4. by   jenni82104
    Thanks for the insight jjjoy, you make a lot of sense.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from jenni82104
    TheCommuter, if this is true why is there so much hype about "the nursing shortage"?
    The so-called 'nursing shortage' can be attributed to two issues.

    1. A lack of master's-prepared nursing instructors. We need master's-prepared instructors to keep the nursing schools afloat.

    2. There are nearly 2.5 million RNs in the U.S., but many of them are no longer working at the bedside. Some have retired and others have left the field to become full-time parents or housewives. Some have accepted management desk jobs and others have left the field permanently due to burnout. There is no shortage of nurses; however, there's a shortage of nurses who work at the bedside.
  6. by   creative scholar
    Hi Rainer,
    I know this is an old post, but I was looking for a thread regarding Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown... and Im so glad I found someone who has previously worked there. Pls , if you have any information that would help me about the hospital and area, please feel free to tell me.
    I was recently offered 3 RN positions at Bassett: 1-Med surg, 2-Birthing center and 3-Special care. I am currently living in the nyc area, however, jobs are HARD to come by here, especially in the HOSPITAL and especially for fairly NEW GRADS. So I was thinking about taking a position in the birthing center b/c this is the area I am interested in. The pay is 21.00 an hr for night shift with a 2-3 dollar diff. The training on the birthing center is 4-6 months (med surg- 12 weeks)
    Can you tell me anything about the hospital?
    How is the exposure to: patients dx, technology? I'm wondering if the learning is worth my while being that its such a small hospital? (The birthing center delivers about 600 births per year- FYI)
    Do you know anything about the med surg or birthing units? Treatment of nurses (new nurses?) in the hospital overall? Working climate?
    Any information or advice you can give me about the hospital or area would greatly help and be appreciated.

    Thanks so much
    Creative Scholar