At the ripe old age of 30, I am making plans to start training for a career in nursing. I am both excited and frightened by all of this and have come here looking for advice, guidance and encouragement.
I know that nursing can be a very difficult career but I believe that it has the potential to be very rewarding as well. I’m looking for practicing nurses to share their experiences with:
[li]Training: Which route did you take (LPN-RN, LVN, RN – 2 year associate’s degree, RN -3 year diploma, RN -4 year bachelor’s degree, RN -Master’s degree, other)? I am planning on going the RN -2 year associate’s degree route unless I hear compelling evidence against this idea. [/li][li]Do you have to work insane hours (i.e. not a set schedule, lots of graveyard shifts, and lots of weekends / holidays?)[/li][li]How easy / hard was it for you to find a job after graduation?[/li][li]How bad is dealing with the bureaucracy (HMO’s, management, etc.)?[/li][li]There seems to be a lot of room for advancement / specialization. Is this an accurate perception?[/li][li]I picture nursing as being very rewarding. I feel like I’ll be able to go home at the end of the day knowing that I helped someone. Is this how you feel (at least some of the time)?[/li][li]Any Ohio nurses care to give specifics on nursing in the state of Ohio?[/li][li]If anyone has any specific leads for nursing related grants or scholarships, that would be great! [/li][/ul]
Any sage advice, anecdotes and encouragement is welcomed and appreciated.