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  1. kbcrn

    Why go nursing?

    This was indeed a good question, and it was very interesting for me to read all of the previous responses. In my personal encounters I have come across so many diverse personal reasons of why people chose nursing as there profession, since this is a topic that I am sure most nurses have discussed with their peers. I have been a RN for 11+ years. I was always interested in the healthcare field, and seriously considered a Medical Degree(I am so glad that circumstances directed me toward nursing instead). I, like many others, wanted to be in a profession in which I was in close contact with people, and I could make a difference. But, I was also drawn to nursing at the time because it was viewed as a respected and secure profession, in which there was immense diversity of fields. There was a nursing shortage at the time, and I was certain that whereever I went, I would be ensured a position, and in I field that I was interested in at the time. Yet, as most long-time nurses have experienced, the climate in nursing, and healthcare in general, has been ever-changing. Most nurses never thought that there would be reductions in workforce or atrition of positions, which would lead to working short staff, and sometimes unsafe conditions for delivering patient care. As a whole, nursing has been a rewarding profession for me, mostly because of the diversity. I have been fortunate enough to deliver patient care in different arenas, be a department manager, and perform in administrative positions. Yet, it is so disappointing to me to see the low morale that has set in for many nurses--and it is contagious. It would be dishonest for me to say that I have not considered alternatives to the nursing profession in recent years. Most disappointing to me is the lack of cohesiveness in the nursing profession. I have found that some of the more recent nurses have gone into nursing simply for the fact it only required two-years if education to gain a respectable salary. I may be idealistic, traditional, and old-fashioned, but I believe that nursing is a profession that you go into because you CARE about people and you believe that you can help them and make a difference. I believe that this has made a significantly negative impact on nursing. In my opinion, if the nursing profession is to continue to thrive, nursing needs to take a close look at our future, and those that may affect the outcome of the nursing profession. I apologize if I went off on a tangent, but felt this was good forum for discussion.
  2. kbcrn

    Graduate Nursing Education

    I am a RN that obtained a diploma in nursing 11+ years ago. In the fall will will be completing my BSN degree. Because graduation is close on the horizon, I am now considering my graduate options. Critical care is my clinical/management specialty, but I have been in administrative positions for about the past three years. I am interested in other nurses' opinions on whether it is more beneficial to obtain a MSN or another type of Masters degree, in this current healthcare climate. Your opinions will be greatly considered. ------------------ KBC RN
  3. Distance education is a great alternative in adult education, but nursing should not just be considered a selection of classes that need to be completed in order to get a degree. Nursing education is something that also needs to be experienced. I would suggest that you determine which non nursing courses are required for the nursing program that you determine to be your interest. These more than likely can be completed via traditional correspondence, or through universities that offer programs via the internet. Complete these courses in the manner that you choose, and then enroll for your actual nursing courses at an accredited institution. I am unaware of any internet learning sites that will grant a degree in nursing without a previous RN (such as a diploma or ADN). University of Phoenix offers programs in which a BSN can be obtained, but it is a program for those that are already licensed RNs, and you are still required to take part in clinical education experiences. Nursing is a very challenging and wonderful field, but it is a career that requires committment and dedication. Fortunately, there are now many opportunities for adults interested in advanced education, that take into consideration the special needs of adult learners, including both family and career obligations and commitments. Distance learning is a prime example. I hope this has been some help to you. Best wishes in your endeavors to become a RN. There are wonderful opportunities that await.