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If so what is it in?

And what made you decide to get into nursing?

Was your previous degree of any help?

emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

Communication/marketing.

Fate. Seemed like a good idea at time.

Kinda. Everything except sciences transferred to my diploma program and everything except the BSN classes transferred for my RN-BSN.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

If so what is it in?
I had no previous degree(s). I was a nontraditional student. I worked a string of dead end jobs before making an entrance into the nursing profession.

And what made you decide to get into nursing?
I was 23 years old and working a dead end job as a factory worker at a paper products plant in 2004. I was earning $40,000 yearly, which was decent money for someone with no education beyond high school.

I had been employed at the plant for three years when a manager and supervisor embarrassed me out in the open by writing me up for safety-related issues. At that moment I decided I would never return to that workplace again. But there was a problem: I was a single female with a mortgage and no marketable skills or education, so I would likely end up in another dead-end job.

I went on stress leave. While on stress leave I signed up for a 12-month fast-track LVN program at a trade school that required no prerequisites for admission. During those 12 months I paid my bills with unemployment checks and whatever was in my savings account. After a few years of working as an LVN I returned to school to complete an LPN-to-ASN transition program. I am now three credits short of earning my BSN degree.

Was your previous degree of any help?
Again, no previous degree here. I was accepted into three state universities during my senior year of high school, and the college prep track coursework I took during high school (honors English, biology, etc) did help somewhat.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Sociology. I was premed but didn't get in. Nursing was plan B.

The previous degree was able to transfer class credit for almost all of my prereqs. It didn't help me get into nursing school, neither did my CNA experience.

College degrees are not the rare specimens they once were, so they have lost a lot of the power they once conferred.

If so what is it in?

And what made you decide to get into nursing?

Was your previous degree of any help?

I have a paralegal degree, and English degree and an MBA.

I was working at a marketing firm with no room for growth. I knew I wanted to work with children, but I never had the desire to be a teacher. I also knew I wanted to be in the psych field. So I am beginning a BSN/MSN program this summer for pediatrics. Then on to psych.

I feel as though my paralegal degree and business degree will help in the long run. I also want to do forensic nursing - so the legal part will definitely help.

Lennonninja, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in MICU - CCRN, IR, Vascular Surgery. Has 9 years experience.

If so what is it in?

And what made you decide to get into nursing?

Was your previous degree of any help?

Spanish major, Business minor. My knowledge of Spanish did help with medical terminology in A&P. Some of my gen eds from my Spanish degree carried over for my ASN, and then all of my coreqs for my ASN to BSN degree carried over from my previous degree since it was at the same university.

I got into nursing because of mt oldest cat actually! I adopted her from the shelter, and she got a cold and since I'd never had animals before I rushed her to the vet thinking she was going to die or something! It ended up just being a run of the mill URI, and I thought, huh, maybe I should work at the vet clinic? So I applied and worked there as an on the job trained vet assistant for almost 4 years. I did meds, assisted with surgery, induced, maintained, & recovered cats from anesthesia, did blood draws, did dental cleanings, helped with appointments, xrays, basically everything possible. I LOVED it! But I was never going to make a live-able amount of money. I had heard that RNs work only three shifts a week for full time (I was working 6-7 days every week) and thought maybe I should try that.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

College degrees are not the rare specimens they once were, so they have lost a lot of the power they once conferred.
This is true. One out of every three adults age 25+ in the US has a baccalaureate degree or higher. Just a couple of generations ago, half of all adults had dropped out of high school, and college was viewed as an elite endeavor that could secure a person's future for life.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

Sadly, with college costs going up at public universities, we pay a lot more for a degree too.

I was a double major and originally wanted to be a teacher. I can't help but feel my teaching degree was a wasted if I don't go into teaching and become a nurse instead. But my heart just isn't in teaching.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Nope, but i had worked in hospitals as operator, unit secretary. monitor tech, ekg tech, admissions clerk, blah blah blah since I was 17. Just seemed smart to build on that experience and I wanted to "help people".

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 8 years experience.

HAHAHAHAHA kidding AS criminal justice (some knowledge of the law helps) BS Biology-very helpful in the physiology areas MA teaching-helps in assessing learning styles and abilities. ADN and finishing BSN this month.

I went into nursing because I should have instead of teaching. My BS was pre-vet and I was going to be a large animal vet until I found that the debt:income ratio was horrid. Nursing seemed like a natural fit with my background and the teaching and the fact I had had kids. I love nursing and almost wish I had done it sooner, but the teaching experience has really helped me. The BSN will be my 5th and probably last one. (never say never to anything)

HAHAHAHAHA kidding AS criminal justice (some knowledge of the law helps) BS Biology-very helpful in the physiology areas MA teaching-helps in assessing learning styles and abilities. ADN and finishing BSN this month.

I went into nursing because I should have instead of teaching. My BS was pre-vet and I was going to be a large animal vet until I found that the debt:income ratio was horrid. Nursing seemed like a natural fit with my background and the teaching and the fact I had had kids. I love nursing and almost wish I had done it sooner, but the teaching experience has really helped me. The BSN will be my 5th and probably last one. (never say never to anything)

Wow you are so well rounded! Lol, so what made you decide to get into nursing from teaching and decide to leave that profession? Which career from your experience would you say is more stress full and draining?

Tenebrae, BSN, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, Gerontology, Palliative. Has 8 years experience.

If so what is it in?

And what made you decide to get into nursing?

Was your previous degree of any help?

Social policy. To work in it I would have had to do another three years for masters level to work in it.

I debated with either doing masters in applied social work or nursing.

Didnt like social work enough, so chose nursing and did my bachelors of nursing

I had a degree in biology, but didn't want to work in a lab. I had volunteered in a hospital and nursing seemed like natural fit. My biology degree was a great asset to me; it made nursing school as breeze.

dannibeeRN

Has 6 years experience.

I received a Bachelor's in Health Science prior to getting my nursing degree. I've wanted to be a nurse since I was 5 years old but I chose Health Science because the university I went to had an impacted nursing program and I didn't know when I would be accepted. The Health Science degree was the best decision at the time and it prepared me immensely for being an RN. On top of that, I took a CNA course during one of my summer breaks from school so that was a major help in letting me know what the nursing field was all about.

Yes, BS in Education. I taught for about 15 years (kids for 10 years and adults for 5 years) and got interested in nursing after a parent became ill with cancer. It helped in some ways in other ways it didn't.

I had to take all of the hard sciences for nursing but all of the other basic classes transferred so that was a plus. Teaching is a big part of nursing so I love that I still get to teach everyday! I've had a few patients tell me that I explained something in a way that they could understand after others didn't. I think that's due to teaching kids for so long! I didn't tell them that, though!

On the downside, I expected my school, nursing program and instructors to be above board and fair as I had experienced for my first degree but it wasn't like that- and if you read the stories on here, you will see that many have less than positive nursing school experiences as well. If I hadn't already had higher education experience to compare it to, it would've made the insanity easier to deal with in that I might've just assumed that all 2-year and 4-year colleges/universities are like that.

sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU.

i was a biology major, 3.5 yrs, before nursing scholl

besides all pre req. being satisfied i did take a medical lab technololigy course, that enabled me to work after hoyra as a med tech, doing cbcs manually, calculating indices with a slide rulem and Urine anal....i know i am dating myself, but previous college major, and working experience, made nursing school a breeeeeeeze ;)

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