Background: I'm 27 years old w/ a 3 year old son. I have a BA in Pysch (2000) and just this fall I started the Masters in Social Work program part-time. The program is 3 &1/2 years so I still have a longs ways to go, and after my first semester I'm already having reservations. It really really bothers me that social workers historically are underpaid and have a high burn out rate (I guess some feel the same is true for nurses). In addition, I am not interested in certain populations that social workers can work in such as Adoption, Probation, Mental Health, Social Services, Welfare.....actually the main reason I wanted to get my MSW was to have a masters level education and to work as a school social worker. If I cannot get a job as a school social worker then I would like to work as a therapist, but that is pretty much it. I've considered working in the hospital as a social worker, but I feel that hospital social workers stick w/ discharge planning mainly and I don't know if that is what I want to do!!!
As you can see I'm really undecided. I am STRONGLY considering switching into Nursing as an end result b/c it would be similar but perhaps more rewarding. I like the idea of helping people in need, which is why I am in the MSW program. I think I would prefer the hands-on approach and I like the idea of being in a clinical profession. Actually, I wish that my MSW program was clinical, such as the CSW, but it is not.
I plan to take the pre reqs for nursing this summer & fall and apply for the acclerated BSN that starts in May 06. I'm worried that taking these pre reqs in addition to my part-time MSW courses may be too taxing on me, which brings me to my main question:
Would it behoove me to continue w/ my MSW program while I am taking pre-nursing classes??? I guess I'm just afraid to drop the MSW program to take pre-nursing classes incase it doesn't pan out. However, I'm in a pickle b/c if I drop the MSW now I can totally concentrate on my pre reqs and possibly do better in the classes w/ a lighter class load.
Lastly, if all works out as planned and I earn my RN would it be smart of me to go back to school part-time to finish up my MSW (working as RN)? Can an RN w/ a background & education in psychology & social work have more job opportunites then just a regular RN?
I look forward to hearing your responses, and thank you for reading this