Hi Nurse Beth,
I wanted to ask if you could give me tips on how to jump start my nursing career and gain that experience. Like many others, I am also making a career switch, but not too much of a jump. I have patient experience but through a behavioral health perspective doing research and diagnostics at a Level 1 Trauma Center. I have a bachelors in two other degrees, but not a BSN. My aim is to go into psychiatric nursing. Some people have been giving me a mix of advice on starting this career. I have applied to ME-MSN and MEPN programs but have been wait listed every time. I was thinking of gaining more nursing exposure through getting a CNA or EMT certification. In your opinion, which would be the most cost effective and competitive choice to make? I was hoping to be in a program by now to better support my kids, but I think I have been doing things wrong.