I’m an RN with my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, here in the United States. I *adore* my job and my patients. I love my field (Dialysis), I love that it pays good money, and I love that now that I have some experience, I’ll have a job for the rest of my life.
I had thought about working in OB and later going the midwife route, but it just wasn’t in the cards, and I love the field I’m in currently.
When I was doing my clinicals on the medical and surgical floors, my nurse preceptor worked in Dialysis. She talked a lot about it, and took us down there one day, and I liked the sound of it…So, for my last semester’s big “capstone” clinical, I requested to be on that floor, with her. I loved it, got my feet wet, and got hired before graduation! It’s been five months, and I can see myself being here for years and years to come.
The amazing thing about nursing is that there are so many routes….You can work as a CNA, LPN, RN with Asssociates, RN with Bachelors, Masters (in many fields!), and advanced degrees. As far as what I would recommend…it all depends on your situation.
I graduated highschool and went away to nursing school at 17. I was able to do school full time for 4 years without any other obligations or family commitments, and now I have this great career at 21! But, with family/other obligations, that might be a lot to take on, all at once. In that case, it may be worth it to you to do 12-18 months for a LPN and then another year for an Associates RN and then another 1 1/2 for a BSN RN….simply because of convenience, and the ability to work as you go.
However…since you have a degree already…If you have the support to allow you to do nothing but school for a year and a half to two years, I’d strongly recommend doing an “accelerated” BSN program. They’re pretty competitive, and I would imagine very, very, intense….but how wonderful would it be to be done so soon!
Nursing school is like nothing you’ve ever done before, though. It’s so time consuming (literally, you will do nothing but study the vast majority of the time), and it can be stressful and emotional…still, definitely worth it! If you’re looking for a nursing community, I highly recommend allnurses.com. They’re great, and there are a lot of wonderful resources there 🙂
This is probably pretty incoherent, I have a terrible headcold and I feel as if it’s affecting my ability to formulate complete thoughts 🙂 PM me if you have any other questions!