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  1. GennyinMaryland

    Please help me with my career-- RN or RD?

    I am both a RN and a RD. I keep both licenses currrent. I worked as an RD years ago but choose to work as an RN now. I don't think I will ever go back to being only an RD. In nursing there are many. many more job possiblities, but the main reason I choose nursing as my career is because I get more involved in the whole picture of a person's health, not just on what they eat. For example, as an RN working with a diabetic patient, I can get involved in what's happening with their medications, with symptoms affecting their eyes, kidneys, stomach, feet, etc. and not just on their diet. I can draw blood and explain what all the blood tests mean, take vital signs, etc. and not just talk about menus and carbohydrates. I do use my nutrition background a lot but it is so great to be able to do much more than that. Do an interesting google search with "RD RN". You will see the resumes and job positions of others who have both licenses. You will see that some have chosen to emphasize nursing in their career and others dietetics. Everyone has different ideas on what's an interesting career. Good luck to you!
  2. GennyinMaryland

    uggh..how to shut the little voice up in my head

    I started nursing school (community college program) at age 43, with a 10 year old daughter, and did just fine. Got all As except for one B. I never felt in any way disadvantaged because I was among the oldest in my class. Now I am 52, and heading towards a MSN. No matter what we do, we can't stop time, we are all getting older. Would you rather be 50 or 55, with a nursing career, or without it? Go to nursing school and have the career of your choice! We both have many productive years ahead!