Should I change my feild

  1. Hello All
    I am new to this forum. I need your advice. Right now I am working towards my masters degree which is related to engineering. I am not having any luck in finding job and I am sick of this. I am married and my husband is also little bit pushing me to start working as soon as I can. I am looking for stable life and a job where I can care about people, meet new people and have job security and good pay. I am thinking to start my career in nursing with taking LPN course. I am 28.
    So, I am confuse in taking decision. What you all think? Please advice.
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  3. by   avery
    Is nursing something that appeals to you? If so, I think you could do any pre-reqs you have left and then take an accelerate BSN course.
  4. by   futurecnm
    I am an engineer by training (bachelor chemical engineering) and found jobs pretty easy but that was a while back .What type of engineer are you??? Do you enjoy it??? If you think you are in the wrong field, then I urge you to find one that fits your better. For me, it tooks years of soul searching and really thinking about what I wanted for me to go back to nursing. It is the hardest thing I've done. But hopefully will be worth it. Don't do it unless you are very sure that is what you want to do After all your schooling, are you up for going to nursing school??? It is very demanding and in my opinion harder than engineering school.
  5. by   Simple Life
    Thanks for the reply
    I am from architect engineering. During my study I found that I am good in managemnt, logical and mathematicle skill but when it comes to designing I am not doing good. After my undergrad degree when I started working, I felt behind than other employee in designing. So, I decided to do master as it is more based on research but never got answer, Then I looked for other areas and from that I liked nursing most.
    I am thinking to go for LPN course so I can start working as a nurse within a year and than I can go for LPN to RN at my convenience.
    What do you say?
  6. by   futurecnm
    I personally would go straight for the RN.
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck. We need all the good nurses we can get.

    I agree, getting RN would fit in well with your goals of job security. But the LPN would put you in the job market faster and you can get your RN later.
  8. by   RNjayhawk55
    I got my first degree in microbiology when I decided that I wanted to go to nursing school. As a person who already had a bachelors degree, there is absolutely NO reason whatsoever to go the LPN route - NONE. You can do what I am doing and going to a one year accelerated BSN program. Just google accelerated BSN or second-degree BSN and there are a lot of programs you can attend. You said you wanted to be an LPN so you could start working in a year - go to an accelerated BSN so you can start working in one year and make a LOT more money.
  9. by   ponytailman
    Several points to ponder, do not choose nursing or any profession just because the spouse says "get a job." You indicate in your post that nursing could fill some of your wishes about a career that allows you to care, earn a "good" wage and meet new people. Whether you decide to go the lpn or rn route, first explore our profession, find out where and or what type of nursing might appeal to you as they are many different fields, nursing can and is a very demanding field, you should make sure that you really want to be one.
  10. by   Simple Life
    i am now really thinking to start inquiring about either lpd or accelerated bsn course in my city. thanks for your replies and suggestions.
    ok, now if i want to complete course in a year, how many credit i need to cover in a semester and how many hours i have to spend each day for coursework and study? in my masters i used to work 10hrs. a day so i am ready to do hard work but just getting admission is simple or there is a long wait?
  11. by   futurecnm
    I don't think you can finish in a year. If you do an accelerated program it is about 18 months and that is after you have all your pre-reqs done. You most likely need to have general chemistry, general biology, microbiology, psychology (some require general and child psych), sociology, 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology, and a communications class. You may have some of these done already. I had a lot of pre-reqs to take before nursing school. Also, the accelerated programs are pretty expensive from what I've looked into (approx $25,000 for where I live). I chose the associates route due to financial reasons. I will then get my bachelors/masters at a later date and hopefully with help from my employer. It will take me 2 yrs to get my AD. I study about 2 hr a day, but I am in class 2 nights a week and every other weekend. When I have a test I study more, and also when I have a project/paper due. I definately don't do 10 hr a day but I never did that in engineering school either!
  12. by   Simple Life
    [color=#800040]if my plans are to do bs in near future, what will be more beneficiary?
    [color=#800040]2)accelerated program or
    [color=#800040]3)associate degree
  13. by   futurecnm
    There are different answers for everyone. It depends on so many factors. Cost, convenience (what programs are near you), drive time, days of class, and how many pre-reqs you have done. It is obviously cheaper to do the pre-reqs at a community college. And it is cheaper to get as associates degree at a community college than a BSN at a university. However, if money isn't an issue that the best route is probably to get the BSN right off the bat. The cost of community college ADN route around me is about $7000 so that saves a lot of money although I won't have the BSN, which I'd love to have. Have you taken all your pre-reqs yet?? Many schools have application very early (now or earlier) for the next year so it may depend on what schools are still allowing people to apply. I would suggest you contact the schools near you and meet with advisors to help you decide what is the best route with the classes you have taken and your personal goals. I would also look into getting your nursing assistant certification and then you could start working in the field to make sure it is what you really want. If you want to work quickly that is a good way to do that, even if the pay is less than a nurse, it would be something and you would get a good idea of what healthcare is like as a job.
  14. by   RNjayhawk55
    "I don't think you can finish in a year. If you do an accelerated program it is about 18 months and that is after you have all your pre-reqs done."

    If you go to an accelerated BSN program you will definitely finish faster than 18 mos. I am going to a 12 month accelerated BSN program, which isn't that uncommon. I have seen a couple of programs that run up to 16 months, but I wouldn't do one of those - there is no point in waiting the extra four months. It is an intense program, but I can not possibly imagine it is harder than getting a masters degree. I go to school from 8-4 Monday through Thursday, with two days being clinical and two being class. Most accelerated BSN programs require that you do have to do all of your pre-reqs first, and depending on how hard you want to work and how much time you want to invest, you could do that pretty quick.

    As far as the cost - you are going to have to plunk down the money anyway to get a BSN. Why get an LPN or ADN now and put off the higher earning potential until later? It is going to be cheaper in the long run to get out of school sooner. If you did go the ADN route you would have to pay for the cost of that program and then pay again for the cost of an RN to BSN program. That would take longer, and lets face it - school is NEVER going to be any cheaper than it is right now. Tuition is constantly going up. My advice is plunk down the money now, put in your twelve months, and get on with your life.