social worker considering nursing career

  1. Hello everyone!

    I'm very glad to find this forum, sounds exactly what I need right now. I've been a medical social worker with an MSW/LCSW for the last 12 years in a variety of clinic settings, all in infectious disease. At 41 I'm considering a career change to nursing. I admire and respect the knowledge and abilities of the nurses I work with and for so much that I want to be one of you! I have become so much more medically oriented in my last two jobs and think I would enjoy it. The nursing staff where I work has been very encouraging and they tell me my social work degree and experience will be a great asset.
    I did a lot of medication adherence counseling in my last job and teach patients many medical concepts(HIV Disease) in my current one. However I have no interest in working in an inpatient hospital setting. (I don't think anyway) My interest is and remains in public health, TB/STD/HIV. Perhaps hospice as well. I think I could do case management and/or discharge planning as well. I'm trying to blend the skills of both degrees you see. Teaching medical concepts and breaking it down to easy to understand terms is something I love to do and think I have some skill.

    I am currently in the process of taking the prerequisites.

    So is there room for someone like me in nursing school? Does one have to work in a hospital or is it reasonable or likely I could find outpatient/public health work straight out of school?
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    Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 5; Likes: 1
    medical social worker

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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Welcome to All Nurses
  4. by   danu3
    Have you consider psych nursing, geripsychi nursing, or neuropsych nursing?

    These area will definitely make use of your experience.

    -Dan
  5. by   belfry
    At 41 I'm considering a career change to nursing.

    Hooray for you!!!

    As a soon to be graduate, at age 43, after 10 years as a social worker, I say "YES YOU CAN!"

    I have loved (almost) every minute of school, I really feel that this is what I am meant to do and feel a great 'fit' when I am working with my patients. I was in the psych end of SW, geropsych to be exact, and all the skills I have from that translate so well to nursing. I am one of the older ones in my class, but it really does not bother me and I actually feel it is an advantage in this field, life experience and maturity goes a long way in many situations. Plus I get mistaken for an instructor and treated a little better at times! LOL

    Beth
  6. by   Tweety
    Welcome. Good luck. It is not unreasonable to hope for those kinds of jobs. Go for it and see what happens.

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