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MSW to RN

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Hello All, I am new to this site and just wanted to introduce myself. I am 29 years old and hold an MSW. I am considering changing careers because the social work profession is no longer fulfilling to me. I recently applied to an accelerated BSN program and am patiently awaiting my letter. If anyone can provide insight on the nursing profession that can assist with my transition will be greatly appreciated. I have longed to become an RN and just recently decided to pursue it. I am getting mixed reviews from my colleagues about my sudden decision. Some feel it is a great idea, while others feel that I am crazy and that there are more opportunities in Social Work (I don't see it). Prior to my decision to switch careers, I was working on obtaining my LCSW, but decided to switch gears. I really enjoy helping people and making a difference in the lives of others.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

Hi and welcome. I think I saw your post in another thread we've posted in. I'm a career changer as well. I will be starting my ABSN program in January. I'm really excited and nervous to begin. I plan to take a 3 week vacation to visit family before I dive knee deep in the program. You may also want to reach out in the 'Nursing' forum to hear from nurses; you'll most likely run in some who have changed careers too. I plan to become a FNP and have spoken to career changers in the "Advanced Practicing Nurse" forum, underneath the "Specialty" tab, who was glad they've made the change. They've given me encouragement and have learned so much. This site is very good for that.

Your decision to do this career change may have not been an easy one, but if that's what you desire to be, then go for it. When doing a career change, I always encourage people to do the research, weigh the pros and cons, before making that decision. I'm assuming you've done that and still decided to pursue your dream. You'll have nay-sayers, but keep your head up.

Hope you get into your program.