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    Don't get too excited about my post yet - I do not live in NC. However, I plan to one day - my (and my husband's) "thing" is hiking and nature. Our last two vacations were spent hiking near Boone and we LOVE the mountains!

    I would call some of the hospitals around there and ask your questions. You can also look on major job search engines such as Monster and Careerbuilder for positions in the Asheville area, and there is always information available from the city's chamber of commerce (on-line also). I would definitely check out, an Ashville paper, not only as a resource, but to see the devastation Ivan left behind! :-(

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    Hello, I am new to the forum and am hoping someone out there has some career advice for me. Let me tell you a little of my background.

    I started my career in the health field by first obtaining a Dental Assistant diploma. I soon realized the occupation was much too narrow for my many interests and became an LPN. After years in psych, working with dementia patients etc. I was "burned out" so I switched to office nursing. Still unhappy I knew I enjoyed teaching and taught medical and dental assisting at proprietary colleges with much happiness, but very little pay. Obtained a BS in Health Science with a minor in management - no jobs - back to school. I now am currently completing my Masters degree in Community & Environmental Health with a duel emphasis in Health Education /Promotion and Administration. I know this is where I am happy, but again - no jobs! The hospitals with health education positions available won't even look at someone without an RN, many public health positions require an RN, and in order to teach nursing at the collegiate level one must have their RN also. I've been encouraged to seek my PhD, but two of my past professors are now roaming the country with their resumes and I don't wish to commit to 4 more years of school with little advantage. I have NO desire to narrow my career choices any further and am "almost" committed to going for my RN but...

    Sure, there are PLENTY of nursing positions out there, but I will not be working in a clinical setting (physically I cannot be a floor nurse). Are there really that many jobs waiting for me in management, community health, teaching?? The questions that come up are (and if you think of any more, please voice them). Is an RN degree enough? Is an RN degree without much RN clinical experience enough? Would an RN only be a stepping-stone because I would need to have a BSN? Is this a good idea to get my RN or BSN or just more time and education? I know I won't go the traditional route and am looking into distance programs. Have any of you heard of Indiana State University distance LPN to BSN program?

    Please help me if you can I need advice and just can't afford to make any more career "mistakes!!" THANK YOU ALL

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    Quote from mmwnomad
    I have been researching and thinking about going back to school for a career related to public health (specifically Epidemiology or International Health), possibly nursing. It seems like almost all of the master's programs out there require some sort of health care degree prior to enrollment.
    -Has anyone out there enrolled in a program that has an overlap between nursing and public health?
    - I don't have an interest in being a long term staff/floor nurse. Can anyone share what job/career path they have followed outside of this?
    -I could never work 40-50 hrs/week (or more!) as I need to have more personal time to stay balanced and be healthy. Does anyone have a success story of working @30hrs/week and still getting benefits etc?
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.
    Hmmm... interesting. An MPH requires NO health experince and neither does a Community Health MS degree as far as I have experienced. I know of no programs that overlap nursing and PH though many PH graduates may have a degree in Nursing first which is common. Since you have no desire to work long hours I don't suggest epidemiology only due to the fact that you would most likely need to be on call 24/7 in case an epidemic broke out or an emergency such as a bioterrist attack. You are talking about going back to school - that's A LOT of free time taken away no matter how you slice it especially if you are working a job too. I may have more insight on this as I am a MS Community/Public Health graduate and LPN... let me know if you wish to chat some more.

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    Quote from uncgrad
    Hello all nurses! I just completed my Masters in Public Health and strongly desire to enter the nursing field due to minimal interest in research and minimal interaction with people. What I would like to know is if having an MSPH can be helpful as a nurse and if yes, if there would likely be an increased compensation for this degree and being a nurse? Also, anyone know of any specific nursing positions that employ people with public health degrees?
    I seem to have a similar, but different problem. I'm about to graduate with my MS in Community & Environmental Health (very much like an MPH for those reading) and am considering getting my RN because of the difficulty I am having finding a job - many PH jobs require an RN. I DO know that since this is the case you could find Community/Public Health positions with an RN which are very hands-on. There are jobs in city employment and state (PH Dept.) I bet you would like once you do get an RN.

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    Quote from susi_q
    Actually ... I was hired as a clinical instructor, but have been asked to teach a meds class in the classroom this summer. (Yes, I only have a BSN and have no intention of going on at this time). You are right though that in order to be full time faculty, you need the Masters or more.

    Do you need a Masters in Nursing or is in another health field okay, say, Health Education?