I have recently graduated with my BSN, passed boards, and now have been working as an RN since July. I have known for a long time that this field might not be for me. I was in love with my prerequisite science courses (A and P, microbiology, pathophysiology). I stuck with nursing because it is a good field with a lot of opportunity but I don't know if I want to do bedside nursing.
My question to AllNurses is: are there any non nursing masters degrees or jobs that I could pursue with a BSN without having to take more than a few extra pre requisite classes? Has anybody been in my situation? If so, do you like the career that you switched too?
I really enjoy school and have no issues pursuing another degree.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
Sep 17, '17
Perhaps a Master's degree in Public Health? Although, it's only September, so you've been working 2 months. Hang in there a bit before bailing; you may get more comfortable/settled.
Sep 18, '17
Focus on figuring out what type of job you want ... rather than on the type of school you would find interesting. That was your mistake with nursing: don't keep making the same mistake over and over again.
What type of work interests you? Do you want to work in a lab doing research? Do you want to interact with patients/clients at all? (but maybe not sick ones in a hospital) Are you interested in teaching patients/clients/students? Once you figure out the type of work you would enjoy, then you can explore careers that involve that type of work ... and that will lead you to the educational programs that will prepare you for those kinds of careers.
Sep 18, '17
Unless someone else is paying or the tuition reimbursment is good, becoming a professional student gets expensive. I work with a nurse who has 3 degrees, (nursing was the last one), who is 6 figures in school debt and works 4-5 12 hours a week to pay her debts.
Look at the actual jobs out there. See what interests you and plan your course on how to get there.
Sep 19, '17
A lot of non bedside jobs require experience or it is encouraged. At least stick bedside out somewhere for a year.
Oct 3, '17
Thank you for the input. I think I was just having some adjustment issues that I have figured out. I appreciate the feedback
Oct 4, '17
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Thank you foor the input. I think I was just having some adjustment issues that I have figured out. I appreciate the feedback
Counseling...you can easily get a MS to get licensed as a LPC with a BSN. I’ve been a nurse for 15 years and I’m in grad school to get my MS in Addiction and Substance Abuse Counseling; I will be a LSATP, or Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner. It’s a 3 year FT program. But you can get a regular LPC and be a Mental Health Counselor, a Family/Marriage Counselor, a School Counselor, the list goes on. My program is about $36,000 for the whole thing.
If you think Counseling may fit, try working as a RN in Psych first.
Best of luck
Dec 13, '17
Pixie what school are you enrolled in for the counseling.? Just curious thanks!
Dec 13, '17
At one time, I was looking at going back to school and getting
a degree in Art Therapy. The program that I was looking at,
they really liked applicants with some medical background.
Art Therapists do not make much money though. Plus, I don't
know what schools have a program. University of Louisville
used to, but from what I can tell, they've gotten rid of it.
Dec 13, '17
I just finished my MSN in Informatics. LOTS of different options. I want to work with nurses to help them be able to chart more efficiently. I like being at the bedside still, but my goal is to be a clinical documentation educator while working with the nurses on the floor. Maybe some data analysis.
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