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    Bajantex,
    Good to hear! Everything you said is pretty accurate. Its very nice to have options. I wish you the best of luck during your accelerated and beyond. Keep me posted how its going. I'm hoping to start mine in May, we have a one year in my city, which is very convenient.
    Chat soon,

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    PatMac10,RN likes this.

    32, hoping to start one year 2nd degree BSN Acc. in May. Can't wait to start!! Nice to hear from others on here. Its really cool!!

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    Thanks Chirodoc,
    Some very good perspective there. Are you planning on working as an RN while pursuing the NP? I like the idea of primary care in the future as well. Many options, so that is exciting. How did you find the accelerated BSN program to be? How long was it? Did you work at all? How many in class? Any other Chiro's?
    Thanks

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    Thanks for the discouraging post...just kidding. I understand everything has its pro's and con's. I appreciate all input! But I do favor the positive inputs more!

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    Canesdukegirl,
    Thanks so much for you pleasant post. I really appreciate the Kudos!! I'm not sure about focus yet. Ortho is surely something I am interested in, as I feel as though I have a strong base background for that type of work. I do know a Chiro that went back for PA and found out that she lOVES CardioThoracic, so I guess I'd like to keep an open mind for awhile. I do like idea of ICU as well as psychiatric actually. And then their is such a shortage of Primary Care, that I think I could help in that area. I think the main reason I like the idea of going for the RN now, is that I have time to make those types of decisions and seems you can do anything you want within nursing. I plan on doing some volunteer work at the local VA, and maybe I can get a better idea. I will look into RNFA also.

    I am interested in travel nursing. I heard many good things about that as well. Geez, so many things! How could I not go this route? Thanks for the advice, it is much appreciated....now lets hope I get into the accelerated program!

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    Thanks for that tip. Yes, its usually everyone else. Some of my Chiro friends don't really say much, but they have a feeling of jealousy it seems. I have a friend in Florida practicing, and a friend in Texas practicing, that are constantly contacting me about the NP route. They want to do the same thing!! Its interesting, but kinda sad I guess at the same time. My family is the same way. "you want to be a nurse now"? Anyways, most Chiropractors understand. They have lived it and are living it. I really just wanted to get a feel for the best way to go...whether its NP or PA. I did spend the last year thinking PA was the way to go, but now i'm leaning towards Nursing and NP, with talking with others. Thanks
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    lifelearningrn likes this.

    Thanks for the responses. Some good advice. I have many reasons for adding the additional degree, of which I'd rather not go into. Just so many...haha

    I dont see it as "throwing" away my education by adding more credentials to my career. I've learned alot with my education and have had many good experiences being a Chiropractor, and it is part of what has made me who I am today. I have a passion for the human body and helping others.

    I'm a gut feeling person, and I decided about a year ago that I don't want to run my own Chiro practice like I initially thought before pursuing the profession. I worked for other Chiro's for past 4 years, I have spoken with many Chiro's that have been around and also new ones that have their own businesses(many want out). Its not going so well for them, and its getting worse. Their are many Chiro's out there, and insurance is covering less and less. You really have to love it, and do a ton of marketing, and be motivated to build the business as well as maintain it. Plus, bending over patients all day working on muscles/cracking backs, etc really takes a toll on your body. Or you can get into the many different ways of making money, which I just don't agree with. I think their is more to life then running your own business and all the headaches, and uncertainty.

    Anyways, the future in medicine looks brighter and is in much more demand, not to mention always evolving. I also have a friend that is an RN in ICU out in California, that makes 6 figures and works 3 12 hour shifts a week, and absolutly loves it. Not to mention great benefits and ability to continue education on employers wallet. Good luck finding that within Chiropractic. Obviously, its not an easy decision, but like the post before, their are other Chiro's that are making the switch and I'm sure its for similar reasons.

    As for the DO route.....yea maybe, but do I really want to be a DO? Do I want to study for MCATS, pay another 150 to 200k, and lose that time away from life. Not sure..... I am weighing all 3 options.....make sense now? Thanks guys.

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    lifelearningrn likes this.

    Hello All,
    I am a 31 year old Chiropractor looking into nursing as a possibility. I'm researching going to an accelerated 1 year BSN program for 2nd degree non-nursing majors. I have all pre-reqs from prior education. I'm also looking at PA programs that are at a minimum 2 years, some 2.5 to 3. I would also have to move for the PA programs, since only ones in my area are 3-4 years. My ultimate goal would be to get NP while working as an RN. Maybe CRNA, if I go the nursing route.

    I guess my question relates to the better option for a male with a Chiropractor degree. I hear NP would give me more independence, but PA would give me more ability to switch specialties. And some tell me, that their really isn't much a difference at all.

    Certainly, money is some what of an issue, since I already have a ton of loans with Chiro degree. I've also looking into going back for DO, but honestly don't really want to put the time and money into that. I really just like helping people and not in it for titles and money....although I do have lot of loans to pay back. Anyways, I would really love to hear from some nurses out there, especially men out there(not many I know). Anyone know any Chiro's that have gone this route? Any thoughts is much appreciated. Thanks so much.
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