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  1. hi! i'm thinking about getting a bsn. i'm currently working in public relations and am ready for a change. it took me 9 months after i graduated from college to find the job i have now. i've been here almost a year and they recently cut my department in half, so there's no way i will be able to get a raise/promotion any time soon and it's nearly impossible to find another pr job in my area! i've posted questions about beginning a nursing career on this site before and got a lot of positive responses. i'm hoping some of you will be able to help me with this question too! now, i'm making well under 30k/year. with my student loans, car payment, insurance and gas, i'm not financially able to move out of my parent’s house. i didn't mind staying at home and saving money until i realized that in my profession, i may never make enough to be able to do this in my area. my boyfriend and i have talked about getting married, but he's still in school (working on getting a doctorate degree so he can teach college) and we can't afford a wedding let alone life together on my salary. i've always been interested in nursing and have heard that a career in nursing is pretty stable and the pay is very good. before i commit to taking out more student loans, i want to be sure i will be able to find a nursing job that will pay well enough for me to at least be financially independent. wow, this is getting long. i didn't mean to tell such a life story here. sorry guys! all the research i've done has told me to expect between 50k-80k as an rn. is this accurate? i know salary will vary depending on where you work, but i'd like to have an idea of what to expect after graduating with a bsn. thanks for your help!
  2. Hi, I graduated from college (BA degree) last year only to find that there are hardly any jobs in my field exist for recent grads. After 9 months I finally found a decent job (full-time anyway), but my department is constantly being reduced in size. They tell me no one lasts more than 2 years here, no matter how well you do your job. Professionals who have been in this industry for 5+ years are loosing their jobs and, in most cases, aren't able to find another one in this field. I've been told that nursing is the field you want to get into now for stability and good pay. This is something I've been interested in for a while, but I like having a regular schedule. Plus, when I was in school I was told that careers in my field of study were easy to come by, paid well, and that need would greatly increase by the time i graduated. Well, that certainly didn't happen Has anyone gone into nursing as a second career? If so, was it a good move? I know everyone's experience will be different, but any advice I can get will be greatly appreciated! I've found an accelerated nursing degree program (BSN) that looks promising. I was a science major for a while, so I know I can do the course work and I have the time now to take a year and a half to complete the degree. I just want to be sure that nursing is a stable career where it's possible to find jobs that don't require you to work nights (I have medical problems that would prevent me from working nights) and at least make enough money to pay off my student loans.