Thanks so much for reading this.
I am currently in a finance-related job. I live in CA and have a B.S. in business admin, finance concentration. I am seriously considering switching careers. I work part time right now and have a 2 year old daughter...another one is on the way (we are adopting). I love the idea of nursing - learning something I can use as a mother, and helping people in my day-to-day life. Something I can do wherever we live, and something it seems there will be a great need for in the future. I would love to work three 12 hour shifts and spend four days a week at home with my girls. I would want to work at a hospital. I have no idea which specialty I'm interested in yet.
I have been looking into nursing schools near me. There are 3 community colleges near me where I could get an AA degree. I have to take 4 or 5 classes before I can enroll. I do think all 3 schools have a waiting list. I'm not sure how long of a wait I'm looking at, but they are all 2-year programs once you get in.
Because I already have a B.S., do you think this is the best way to go? I can't go to school full-time unless i quit my job. Also, there are no BSNs near me except a RN to BSN option. There are no entry masters programs near me, so I guess I would be looking at moving my family if I wanted to do it that way.
I was looking at my local hospital's website for job listings for RNs and most of them said BSN preferred. Is this normal? What is the main difference between the BSN and the AA degree? What do you think would be the best approach for me?
With a 2-year AA program, how many hours a week are you in class/lab, and how much study time should I expect? What about for the other options?
Also, how hard is it to get a nursing job at a hospital? I am a night owl so I could probably manage a night shift. Do most nurses take turns or do they pick one shift or the other? Is a normal work week three 12 hour days? How are benefits in the nursing world?
As you can see, I really don't know much about this. I feel like my heart is leading me to make this switch though, so if there's any possible way to make it work I want to do it. I'm 29 so I don't want it to take too long!
Right now i'm leaning towards the AA degree and then following it with a BSN. But that's about 5 years of school! Although the BSN program is 3 years part time, one day of school a week.
Thanks so much for reading and for any advice you can share with me!