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


  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.

  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

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