Question for Seasoned RN's....

  1. I am going to be starting nursing school this Fall, and will be almost 40 years old when I finish my degree. I am planning on going to a University immediately to get my BSN...

    My question is...

    I know I am going to be getting a 20-year late start in my career...do any seasoned nurses have any advice on education or anything that I can get that might help me advance in my career, or special training that I need to be considering?

    My current interests are trauma, NICU, Well-newborns, and flight nursing.

    If anyone has any suggestions on possible career paths with these interests that will get me up there in salary, I would appreciate it!

    Thanks!
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  3. by   cookie102
    have you thought about getting your associates , then working as an RN, then further to the BSN level? just a thought,
    good luck with your new chosen profession
  4. by   nickola
    I agree w/Cookie102-- any nursing experience you can get will be helpful & you'll be that much further ahead of the other new grads. Real learning comes after graduation. I would even recommend working as a CNA in a hospital setting just to be around the areas of your interest. (I've also worked w/RNs w/EMT backgrounds, & they were awesome) In my experience there is a huge learning curve between people w/experience in a hospital environment & those w/out. Your assessment skills take time to hone, and only come w/experience in a variety of situations over a period of years. Given the choice of an experienced nurse or one w/a higher degree and no experience, most managers will opt for the experienced person.
    Last edit by nickola on Mar 21, '07
  5. by   justme1972
    Quote from cookie102
    have you thought about getting your associates , then working as an RN, then further to the BSN level? just a thought,
    good luck with your new chosen profession
    Well, because of my age, I need to "hurry the train along". I'll be working as I'm working on the BSN b/c the hospital that I want to work at after graduation will pay for the BSN. The college I want to get the BSN with also has a medical and pharmacy school...so their health sciences division is very important to them and an excellent school.

    The question that I am really asking, is what type of degrees as I am working would I need? I know, for example, that you need to work as an RN for at least a year to be an NP...and I wouldn't want to do office NP work, I would want to do it in a hospital setting. I really don't care about the M-F thing...I have never worked it in my life, so I don't miss it.

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