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Switching career to RN

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by Prija Prija Member Pre-Student

Specializes in RN.

Hello All,

I am a software engineer and want to switch to healthcare. My long term goal is to become an RN. For now, as a single working mother, I have to keep my job. So I want your advice on what online degree I can take now so that I can later use a bridge program to become an RN (ADN or BSN)? Would you advice CNA or Medical Assistant or Phlebotomist or or anything that I can pursue now online so that I can use any online bridge program to become an RN later? Please advice.

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Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

1 hour ago, Prija said:

Would you advice CNA or Medical Assistant or Phlebotomist or or anything that I can pursue now online so that I can use any online bridge program to become an RN later?

I am of the classroom/clinical State Boards with a pen & paper generation, so I have difficulty advising you on an online route, Prija.

HOWEVER, I am a firm believer in grassroots endeavors. To learn from the basics to the secondary gives us a much less parochial perspective.

I feel and believe that one reason I had a successful nursing career was due to working as an EMT, then a CNA, LPN, and finally, RN.

Good luck in your endeavor, Prija!

 

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 44 years experience.

Prija,

Didn't you just drop out of a ABSN program? Also, any "hands on" certificate would require, errr, a hands on program...not online.

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

You can't become an RN, CNA or any such thing without hands-on practice/work if you have no prior experience. Sorry.

Prija

Specializes in RN.

ABSN does not work for everyone. My ask is online + evenings or weekend classes for clinicals in-person works as I can make arrangements for my kids to be cared. Just asking any options available in the bay area, CA as I need to keep my job to support me and kids hence asking around for options if anyone can share. Any option that can be completed fastest to then bridge to an RN (ADN or BSN). If there is none, I understand, but wanted to explore and see.

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SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

I hope someone in the Bay Area can chime in to help.

Good luck.

Emergent, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

Talk to a college guidance counselor. They specialize in knowing this type of information. 

14 hours ago, Prija said:

ABSN does not work for everyone. My ask is online + evenings or weekend classes for clinicals in-person works as I can make arrangements for my kids to be cared. Just asking any options available in the bay area, CA as I need to keep my job to support me and kids hence asking around for options if anyone can share. Any option that can be completed fastest to then bridge to an RN (ADN or BSN). If there is none, I understand, but wanted to explore and see.

Nope. All of those require hands on experience and clinicals. Could you not do clinicals for the ABSN on the weekends too? I'm concerned that you want to rush to become an RN and not put in the time and effort it takes to be one. You're not the first person to be a single parent, have children, need to work, so forth and so on, yet put in the time and effort it takes to be an RN. There are no basic online classes to be a nurse with guaranteed weekend clinical hours. If you want to do weekend clinicals, find a preceptor that does weekend hours. However, it's up to the school.

Why would you want to switch to health care if you're a software engineer?? You can work from home and are now making way more $ than you ever will as a nurse!?!

Prija

Specializes in RN.

@2BS Nurse good question. I have a friend who is a nurse and wants to switch to software. At some point you realize what you want to do.

Prija

Specializes in RN.

@NurseBlaq I am not by any means saying that I am first one for being a single mom. please be a little more kind. I just asked for advice. If you cannot give suggestions, you really do not have to respond to my question. Every one has their own struggles. Just because my situation is not unique does not make it easy for me as I am the one dealing with it. Let's help each other out in this forum if possible. I am just trying to explore and see if there is any possibility and this forum helps with those clarifications for people have gone through similar stuff.

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8 minutes ago, Prija said:

@2BS Nurse good question. I have a friend who is a nurse and wants to switch to software. At some point you realize what you want to do.

My own kids work in the tech industry. Keep in mind that health care requires you to work through most holidays (while the rest of your family is on vacation). Due to short staffing, you will not have the flexibility that you have now. It gets old year in and year out.

Prija

Specializes in RN.

@2BS Nurse Yup, I am totally aware. But doesn't nursing give job satisfaction?

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34 minutes ago, Prija said:

@NurseBlaq I am not by any means saying that I am first one for being a single mom. please be a little more kind. I just asked for advice. If you cannot give suggestions, you really do not have to respond to my question. Every one has their own struggles. Just because my situation is not unique does not make it easy for me as I am the one dealing with it. Let's help each other out in this forum if possible. I am just trying to explore and see if there is any possibility and this forum helps with those clarifications for people have gone through similar stuff.

I also asked questions, are you going to answer them? I made an observation based upon what you posted. You posted about your children as if they were an obstacle. I merely pointed out it's not exclusive to you. My questions and observations were valid. Now are you going to answer them or are you going to keep wailing about how I'm not responding with kid gloves. We're also adults here and I didn't think I needed to pacify your ego but oh well.

And FYI I did become a nurse with children and I'm doing grad school now with children so to clarify, it is doable but there's no such thing as becoming an RN strictly online with weekend only clinical.

I've been an RN for almost two decades.

there still isn't a program that's strictly online with only weekend clinicals and you will deal.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

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21 hours ago, Prija said:

Would you advice CNA or Medical Assistant or Phlebotomist or or anything that I can pursue now online so that I can use any online bridge program to become an RN later? Please advice.

While training for and working in those roles might help you get your feet wet in healthcare world/periphery of nursing, I do not think that you can bridge online to RN. I am not aware of any online bridge from those roles to RN. Hopefully someone will correct if I'm wrong about that.

I do think NurseBlaq gave concise info at the outset and the concern expressed wasn't particularly unkind. There is no widespread nursing shortage in the way that it is commonly portrayed and this profession doesn't have a great need for people wanting the fastest and easiest way in; that latter part is my opinion only. Schools that stand to profit off of your desires may have a different opinion.

 

22 minutes ago, Prija said:

@2BS Nurse Yup, I am totally aware. But doesn't nursing give job satisfaction?

Only in the same way that any other job may satisfy a subset of people. That is to say that in my opinion it would be incorrect to believe that, generically, nursing provides job satisfaction compared to working in the tech industry. If you've done your due diligence about nursing and aren't just assuming that it will be more satisfying than your current line of work, then go for it. But it could be a grave mistake to assume that it provides job satisfaction on the sole basis of being nursing (compared to xyz). 

I do think life experience can allow people to know that they probably will enjoy something (despite its faults) because it includes/doesn't include elements of their current work which they do/don't enjoy. But they are still wise to know the downsides of what they plan to get into in order to avoid serious disillusionment.

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