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  1. Hello everyone, Can I please get honest advice from current RNs, please? My name is Daniel and I will be 45 years old soon. My background is in business. I have a BS in Business with no RN prerequisite courses. I am considering a career change to become a nurse. It is something that has always interested me. The current epidemic has given me an even higher appreciation for nurses and the work they do. I would not be pursuing this career for the "hero" status. It's not about how other people would perceive me. I genuinely have an interest in the nursing profession and the thought of helping people in need seems so satisfying to me. I live in Los Angeles. The waitlists for nursing prerequisite courses at local community colleges are horrendous, I am told, not to mention the waitlists to be accepted into the actual RN program. At age 44, soon to be 45, I don't have time to waste. I have looked into a couple options and I would like to please get current RNs honest assessments. Option #1: the second bachelor's BSN program at National University in Los Angeles. Time duration is about 39 months NOT including 9 prereq courses I would need to take before even applying to the program. Cost of the program NOT including the 9 prereq's is about $66,000. At least one prereq course I would have to take at National University, not at a community college, and the cost for that course alone is like $1,700 (I know Cal State LA and Cal State Northridge also have second bachelor's BSN programs, but since the acceptance rate is so low - around 10% at Cal State LA - I am not even seriously considering these two schools. My undergrad GPA was 3.14 cumulative. Not bad, but not outstanding either.) Option #2: the ADN program at American Career College in Los Angeles. The advantage of this program would be the relatively short time to completion. I would be able to complete the program AND all the prerequisite courses in only 20 months. However, the cost is ... ugh ... $74,000. Short time to completion but expensive. Also, I have noticed the handful of RNs I know who work for Cedars Sinai and UCLA Ronald Reagan all have BSNs; so does this mean a new grad with an ADN from American Career College has little chance to be hired by those two big-name, prestige hospitals? Or any hospital in LA? Or is it just a coincidence that the four or five people I know who are RNs at those two hospitals just happen to all have BSNs? Going into debt for an ADN and landing a fulfilling job is one thing, going into debt for an ADN and then having to beg my current employer for my current job back would be a living nightmare. I already paid off my loans for my BS in Business degree, so I know what it's like to have student loan debt. Option #3 - slug it out in community college waitlist hell at age 44 and finish .... ever at all? Option #4 - the LVN route. LVN programs in Los Angeles are around $30,000 and time to completion is 13 months. Thirteen months and then I could start working as a nurse. However, is it really practical to say "I am going to work full time in a new career as an LVN AND go to school to become an RN AND have some semblance of a life?" Thoughts? Please be honest. Also, as RNs, do you look at LVNs and think, "Why didn't you just go for your RN in the first place, are you dumb or lazy or something?" Is that at least partially accurate or way off-base? Is there another option I am not aware of? I love the idea of helping people in need, hence the desire to seriously consider becoming a nurse. However, could you honestly say if you were me, at 44 going on 45, with a non-nursing background, you would pursue a nursing career given the extreme amount of cost and time involved? Not to mention living expenses in Southern California! Please do not sugar-coat your responses. I am in need of honest, brutally honest advice from people who know. The "follow your heart" advice I have already heard. I am in need of an honest assessment based on practicality, time and money. Thank you in advance for your time and your candor. Thank you also for the important work all of you are doing. Daniel
  2. Thesky_isthe_limit

    Stuck deciding on a career. Nursing or Dietician

    Hello, first time posting here. I’ve been considering changing my major from nutrition & dietetics to nursing. My original goal was to become a Registered Dietician but in my last semester at my CC. I started to take an interest in nursing. The prerequisites for nutrition & nursing majors are the same & taking classes with many nursing students opened my eyes & interest for nursing. Now I graduated with an AS-T in nutrition & dietetics & transferred to a really good university here in Ca but I’m really considering switching majors & apply to ADN nursing schools. Also learning that in order to become a Registered Dietician a masters will be required in 2024 & the unpaid ~1 yr internship really discouraged me. I’ve also been reading that the pay & job opportunities for Registered Dietician is not that good. If I’m investing so much time & money in a career, I want a good investment back. Any advice from current RNs & RDs is truly appreciate. Thank you!
  3. I have recently decided to change careers and just received an EMT-B certification. I am new to healthcare and want to gain experience before I start nursing school. I am trying to decide between a couple offers, any advise would be great! EMT with a 24 hr service PCT at a dialysis center PCT at a hospital, I can choose from the four departments below - Rehab -Med/Surg -Cardiac/Nuero -Cardiac
  4. I am at the peak of my career, making over 80k in my mid 30's. I work a 9-5 no weekends or holidays, but honestly I am starting to dislike my career. I am able to provide well for my family (2 kids) and also get other fringe benefits from my employer but I no longer have passion for my current position. I have been doing my current job as a hospital contractor for 3 years. I started nursing some time ago in undergrad but failed out and converted to a different degree. The thought of nursing never left my mind, but I was out here just trying to make it financially in life as I was swamped in debt. Now after a few bumps in the road with marriage and stuff I am ready to try again. I know I would have to probably quit my job and settle in the beginning to accommodate 3 12 hour shifts. I use to work as a CNA about 10 years ago so I have an idea what nursing is like but its been so long since I've been out of the game. I don't want to mess up my financial future in the meantime, but I don't see any other way to pursue this without giving up something. Please advise. Thanks in advance
  5. Hi Nurse Beth, I am now applying to go back to school but debating if I should go for ultrasound or nursing. I always liked the thought of being an ultrasound tech because it is a gentle technique (for the most part) and I could work in different locations and scan different parts of the body. However, now I brought nursing into the picture because I really love working with babies and I feel like I handle them very well so my goal would be a NICU nurse. If I went into nursing I know I would only want to work in pediatrics/NICU and I also feel I would be good at L&D. I like the idea of ultrasound because it's a bit slower paced and less aggressive which suits my personality better but I don't want to get bored in that career since there really isn't any advancement, but I'm not sure if I'm aggressive enough to be a nurse. I do want to help people get better and make a difference but I just don't know which career is better suited for me. Any advice? Dear Debating, Choosing your career can be tough. It's important to know yourself, and to know what you are getting into. It sounds like you have thought about both. Here's a couple more thoughts for you to consider. Personality Many nurses I know describe themselves as competitive, perfectionists, "type As" and goal-oriented. We are generally smart, practical, down to earth, and have a good sense of humor. But there's a wide range and a place for every type of personality, because nurses can work in behavioral health (psychiatric nursing), in medical sales, and everything else you can think of in between. Nurses can be teachers, work in informatics, and practice in clinics. They can specialize in infection prevention, community wellness, and serve as parish nurses. There is almost no limit to the choices within nursing. You say you like to help others and most all nurses will say they have a need to help others as well. We also have to learn to maintain a caring relationship and empathize with patients and families who are suffering while protecting ourselves and remaining professional. But it's not just about personality, or caring, or boundaries. Multi-tasking Multi-tasking, now better described as cognitive stacking, is a required skill set in nursing. Consider if you work best in a linear fashion, doing one thing at a time, or if you enjoy the mental challenge of juggling several things at once. Nursing requires you to manage several tasks and usually several patients simultaneously. It's fast-paced, priorities change in an instant, and you have to be flexible and focused. It's the same set of skills an excellent food server has. Waiters and waitresses who are very good at their job have their eye on each one of their tables and anticipate each customer's needs. They are good at service recovery, and they are professional. They remember everything everyone ordered and somehow serve and coordinate everyone's meal. It's just that, for nurses, the assessment skills and interventions are life-saving. I can't see most nurses being fulfilled by performing ultrasounds all day. Likewise, a person who is easily overwhelmed by interruptions would not be a good fit for a chaotic hospital environment. Content vs Ambitious Do you enjoy always moving up to the next step? Would you say you are ambitious at all? In nursing, you can advance as far as your education and aptitude permit. You will only ever be bored by choice, not by lack of opportunity. A career as an ultrasound tech would have limited room for advancement. That's not necessarily a bad thing if it doesn't bother you. Level of Confidence Is it possible this is not a personality problem, but a lack of confidence in yourself problem ? Maybe you want to be a nurse- you did write into a nursing advice column on a nursing site, after all- but you're afraid you won't succeed. If this strikes home at all, then get a session or two with a therapist to discuss this. It could give you tremendous clarity, and really be worth it. Don't sell yourself short. The choices you make now can bring career satisfaction, or regrets. Job shadow an ultrasound tech and a nurse. Talk to friends and family who love you to get their feedback. When you talk, it forces you to name your concerns and uncover the driving, underlying themes. Remember, too, that there are many suitable jobs other than nursing or ultrasound. In the meantime, start your core classes. Best wishes, Nurse Beth
  6. allygirl26

    Changing careers

    Hello everyone! I have been a veterinary technician for about 11 years now. I've worked at both small animal practices as well as specialty hospitals. Although it has been a fun and rewarding experience, I am moving on to become an RN. When I was in high school I couldn't decide which route I wanted to go, animal or human. Now that I have done the animal part I'm ready to the human part. I was wondering if there were any others who have gone down a similar route. Was the transition easy? Difficult? Do you feel you made the right decision? Thanks for your input! Alyeshia
  7. Hi Everyone! I am starting nursing school in September and I am switching careers from civil engineering to nursing. I have received alot of negative comments from people telling me that I'm "stepping down". I think the complete opposite. I am leaving engineering since it is B-O-R-I-N-G! I was just wondering if anyone was in the same boat. I believe that nursing it probably one of the most noble careers that one can have. I have really enjoyed my prereqs and I got an 82% on my TEAS V. Is anyone out there changing careers into nursing? Just hoping I'm not alone. Thanks!
  8. Hunt er

    What would you do?

    I feel like I am stuck in between a rock and a hard place and I am not really sure what to do. I am a 28 year old male, a retail manager and I make about 80K a year. I am really big on Finance and the FIRE (Financial Independence retire early) Movement and I would describe myself as a super saver. I am on track that by the time I am 40 I will be financially secure and theoretically wouldn't have to work again. I have no intentions to stop working once I hit 40 but it's a goal of mine to have the option. So here is the thing... I love the money I am making and I am comfortable in my position but I'm not happy in my job because I don't bring Value to the world in my position and I am not making a difference in anyone's life. I have strongly considered going into Nursing for years, when I was younger I wanted to be a CRNA but also Emergency Room Nursing interests me a lot as well. I think I could find happiness, purpose and meaning in either of those different roles. So I guess what I am asking is if you were in my shoes what would you do? Should I wait until I am 40 (12 years) to start nursing? or Should I start the Nursing journey now and start off with a pursuit of the ADN? Any feedback is greatly appreciated. - Hunter
  9. mmaku2020

    Am I too old to change career?

    Hello, I recently got a LOW letter at work (an accountant) and i have tried to get another job for two months now, but all in vain. I have a bachelor degree and MBA. I am thinking about going for accelerated program in Nursing and I am 41. I have kids to take care of and wife is not working. I have some savings that might not be enough to sustain them if i should go full time. Please i need an advise if I am too old to for it or what do you think I should do? I am totally confused in this situation and do not want to hurt my family - not able to pay the bills or stuffs being thrown out of the house for non- payment. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks Adam
  10. favery

    Changing careerS

    I am currently a MSW,LCSW seeking to switch to nursing. I am going to enroll in the CNA program hopefully in the fall as it is required before enrolling in the nursing program in many NC colleges, if some that don't require exist please do tell. One thing that bothers me though is the anatomy, biology, med and chem. classes. I was okay in these class in high school, just ok. I understand they require a lot of studying. What advice about studying these classes can some give me. I am a little fearful of these classes but I at least want to try. Thank You for your feedback
  11. I'm preparing to resign from my six figure job on Thursday. Im a pharmaceutical sales rep that is just totally burned out on the job. I've always wanted to be a nurse and am finally about to take the leap of faith. Im applying to accelerated BSN programs that start in the summer/fall. To make sure I get into these I have to finish up some prereqs which start today. I also have to take over a couple of classes that I got C's in 20 years ago to make sure my GPA is at least a 3.5. I've saved money, paid off all of my debt and have a financial plan in place to make it through the next 4 years....I plan on going to grad school to get my MSN. Am I nuts to pursue a dream? My exgirlfriend broke up with me over this. She said I was too old to become a nurse. She also thought that it wasn't a very manly profession. You can probably see why she is now an ex :)

    Changing careers

    Hi everyone, new here. I am debating going into a Medical Assisting program. I am now in the legal field as an administrative assistant, have been for a very long time but I have always been intrigued by the medical field. I enjoy helping people, which I do get to do in my job now, however, it is all attorneys and just find the entire atmosphere unrewarding. When they get upset, I get really mad because come on, really, it is not life or death. I guess I have just been needing a change for a really long time and am now really burnt out by it. So, to get to the point, I have always thought about going to school to become a Medical Assistant. I have also gone back and forth between Nursing, Surgical Tech and even Coding. Coding looks very boring and just "another desk job", so I cancelled that out. Nursing, I would love but honestly do not think I could handle all that goes with it. Surgical Tech looked interesting, but cannot see myself standing in an OR confined in all of that gear on my face. So, I go back to Medical Assisting. However, I have always known that they do not pay well. But is it worth it to get into something I would enjoy even though it doesn't pay well? I make pretty good money doing what I am doing now so it would be hard to give up, but I am NOT happy at all. Currently I make almost $25 an hour, hard to give up!! But everything that goes with it is not worth it and very unrewarding. Any advice would be appreciated, or if anyone has gone through the same thing. I hope I did not babble too much :) Thanks!!
  13. Hello Nurse Beth, I have been out of school for a while and am returning with the intent to aspire bachelors in nursing... I have an associates in biology, and no prior knowledge of nursing or its prerequisites. So now I'm hearing about TEAS test, and one school told me that would have test with them and cannot use their score elsewhere, which makes me think each school has its own separate test...? Then looking at this other school says knat? I'm really confused.. please help! Dear Confused, The TEAS stands for the Test of Essential Academic Skills. It's a pre-admissions test administered to prospective nursing students. The TEAS does not test for nursing knowledge but covers general Reading, Math, English and Science areas. The test results are an indicator of success in nursing school. There are mobile apps (some are free) to help you prepare for the TEAS.There are also many online sites. You need to become familiar with the type of multiple-choice questions that are used. I recommend finding a resource and doing at least 100 questions. I guarantee after 100 questions, you will be a better test-taker. Students who prepare for the test score higher than students who do not prepare. Here's an example of a TEAS question: The hardest form of carbon is: Diamond Coal Graphite Coke There are other pre-admissions testing products a college may use, such as the Kaplan Exam. While they are similar in many ways, it's important to use prep materials specific to the exam you will be taking, such as a Kaplan prep for the Kaplan exam.
  14. Hi - strongly considering a career change into nursing. I am in my early 30’s. Looking around on here it sounds like the 1st year after graduation can really destroy people. Even those who did well in school and interviewed well. When I put my mind to something, I can excel in school and do well in interviews. That’s not to say I’ve been a rockstar at every job I’ve had! Is there something about certain new nurses that made them destined to be a dud on the job, despite being one of your most promising new hires? If there are things like that I would like to know, so I can look at myself honestly and either work to improve myself, or realize that it’s just not compatible with me - before embarking on this long and challenging commitment of becoming a nurse! Are there any aptitude tests (or personality tests) that I could take prior to deciding to start my nursing education? I’ve been doing research on this and most places are very clear on the “what it takes” part - and I feel like I’ve got most of that. But what are some “fatal flaws” that once promising new grads have, that caused them to fall on their face in their first year of work, and have to give up the career? (Or is it seriously just a matter of Hospital X is poorly managed/ICU a poor fit but Med Surge was great). (FWIW, my intention would be to pursue schooling and career locally, and I live in a midsize city dominated by two major hospital systems that hire probably 90% of nurses). I am really excited to be exploring this opportunity at this time, but I also shudder at the thought that I could undertake this huge commitment to be a square peg in a round hole and have to start over all over again.
  15. Dutch002TR

    Changing career. Pharm Tech to RN

    Hi, I have question to ask for people who just got into Nursing program. I am currently a Pharmacy Tech at the private sterile compounding pharmacy. I enjoy the job just tiring most of the time because of the heavy work load and the pay is very low. So, I am thinking of pursuing a Nursing Associate degree to start and if I like it maybe I`ll pursue a BSN.. So, I am looking for solid advice to what books (Hesi A2-) to use to study effectively and get the best entrance exams score to have a higher chance in getting into for RN program . English is not my first language. My problem is my reading comprehension is not so good to be honest but science and math classes I am good at them. and Oh.. All minor classes and pre-reqs are all done... I am aiming to attend for the spring or fall. Please help.. your input in very much appreciated. bunch of thanks. God Bless. -CRD. The program I have in mind is the 2 year at community college (some are Block and others are integrated) ( Lone Star College or Houston Community College etc.) both of these schools requires entrance exams. as far as GPA I have a 3.6 and have 90 Credits total.
  16. I am currently employed in IT but hate it. I've been considering a career change. My wife is a nurse and I am 35 with two young children. There is a local tech school that has an ADN program. I already have a Bachelors in Healthcare Management from a reputable school and have several questions about my possible career change? Is there still a stigma toward male nurses? Would my bachelors in Healthcare Management combined with an ADN put me on equal ground with new BSN grads as far as the job market for new nurses? Do male nurses tend to specialize in certain areas? I know one thing I absolutely am not interested in is long term care. Any other advice for someone in my situation? All advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  17. AshleyFromBrooklyn

    31 and looking to change careers

    I currently work in the human service field and now I am looking into becoming an LPN. I reside in Brooklyn, NY and I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good LPN program within the five boroughs of NYC? Also, what is the starting salary for LPN's in NYC as a new graduate? Thanks!
  18. iTyrizzle87

    Changing careerS

    Just curious if there are any other career changers? I am a former public school science teacher who has decided to pursue my original passion, which is nursing. I kick myself all the time because I started out as pre-med, then switched to nursing, and from there to math/science education.
  19. holmla

    Changing Careers

    This site has been a huge help to me. I am 48 yrs. old and coming out of a 19 yr. teaching career. I have enjoyed the younger ones and now I want to give some time to the older ones. I think I am leaning toward CNA and then LPN or RN. After reading a few comments that was posted to the site; I can see that if I decide to continue this new career in nursing,I know that this site will be a great deal of help to me just as has been in the time that I have spent reading comments from different people. Thanks, allnurses.