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I am interested in becoming a nurse. I have already acquired my 4 year degree in Information Technology at Suny Albany (2.6GPA). With the economic downturn the economy has taken, I lost my job. Luckily, I'm still young and do not have any children to support. I'm very happily married to a Japanese wife, who is still learning the language here. So it is unreasonable for me to expect her to bring any income to the table. Being laid off, was very hard on me mentally, so I want to move to a career that makes a difference. My two choices is public service and nursing. I have applied to graduate school at Rockfeller College for a MPA, but i still worried about graduating and not finding a job. I am well aware of the shortage of male nursing that our country faces, so I think that might be more rewarding for me. Also, not worrying about losing my job is also a another factor. Overall, I just want to always be able to provide for my family, and not rely on the government to support my family. Doing this, and helping people seems really great.

I have done research on my own. Now I know hospitals perfer people with a BSN over a 2 year degree. In my situation, I could go to college and get my 2 year there. This could be ideal because I would keep my costs down. Also, I have MGIB which would pay for a year of my education. Any advice on how I should become a nurse will honestly be really appreciated. If any programs, I should not do, will also be very helpful.

Not sure if i'm being clear or not, so what i'm asking is this: What is the best way for me to be a nurse with a 4 year degree? I live upstate new york. Relocating would be tough as I'm bound by a lease at the moment.

Thank for taking the time to read this. All advice will be greatly appreciated.


TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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There are accelerated RN-BSN programs for people who have previous baccalaureate degrees in other majors. These accelerated programs usually take 12 to 14 months to complete, and you will be eligible to take the national exam to become an RN upon graduation.

DEMSN (direct-entry master of science in nursing) programs also exist for people with previous baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing majors.

Don't be fooled when you say you won't have to worry about losing a nursing job. There are many new grad nurses across the country who are unemployed due to the contracted labor market. In addition, once you land a nursing job, there's no guarantee you'll keep it. All it takes is one miserable, passive-aggressive nurse manager who decides he/she doesn't like you.

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