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  1. Thank you everyone for the very eye opening information about the reality of working as a nurse. I am still considering my options though. Initially I was looking into an executive MBA program (cohort group & the degree is completed in 2 years of evening and weekend classes designed for working adults) which I know will expand my network and will open more doors for me should I choose to switch to a different field in business. Also we live in a very competitive job market I think where there's a surplus of educated people but not a lot of suitable job openings and not a lot of opportunities to move up. I've been with my firm for 10 years but I feel with office politics there's no path for me to move up. I may just need to consider different employers. I've always thrived in an academic environment and have always wanted to go back to graduate school. So it's really just a question of which graduate level education will give me the mental stimulation & the best return on my investment. The Graduate Entry Program in Nursing here at UH accepts bachelors degree graduates from any other field and with the completion of the prerequisites starts you off in 1 year - 3 trimesters intensive prelicensure studies that allow you to take the NCLEX after the 1st year. It is in that 1st year that they recommend the students to not be employed. After the NCLEX it is 3 more years of studies leading to a PhD or DNP degree, depending on the path the student takes. During the 3 years part time employment is possible.
  2. @CalicoKitty thank you for your advice. I've heard about the tough job market for new grads here in Hawaii. My cousin who is an RN advised me that sometimes it's all about timing and working as a hospital or nurse aide before graduation to get your foot in the door. With hard work and initiative she was able to get an RN job at Kaiser 2 months after passing her NCLEX while some of her classmates that graduated with honors were having a hard time getting job offers. It also took her 1.5 year of checking and applying before she got her hospital job at Tripler Army Medical Hospital.
  3. I'm a 41 year old single mom (joint custody) who will be an empty nester in 4 years. I'm not sure if I'm going through a midlife crisis but lately my corporate insurance job no longer lights my fire and I am yearning for a career that gives me a strong sense of purpose and the feeling that I'm doing something meaningful. I have family members who are nurses and they've been encouraging me to consider Nursing. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business & 14 years experience in the insurance industry + 6 years in the tourism industry. I'm looking into getting in the GEPN at University of Hawaii- Manoa on the DNP path. I know that once I start, there's no turning back because I'll be using part of my IRA money for living expenses while I do the 1 year intensive prelicensure before taking the NCLEX. Do you think Nursing school is a good return of investment at my age (41)? How is the job market for Nursing Grads in Hawaii? Thank you in advance. I appreciate the feedback.
  4. I'm a 41 year old single mom (joint custody) who will be an empty nester in 4 years. I'm not sure if I'm going through a midlife crisis but lately my corporate insurance job no longer lights my fire and I am yearning for a career that gives me a strong sense of purpose and the feeling that I'm doing something meaningful. I have family members who are nurses and they've been encouraging me to consider Nursing. I'm looking into getting in the GEPN at University of Hawaii- Manoa on the DNP path. I know that once I start, there's no turning back because I'll be using part of my IRA money for living expenses while I do the 1 year intensive prelicensure before taking the NCLEX. Do you think Nursing school is a good return of investment at my age (41)? Thank you in advance. I appreciate the feedback.
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