Careers: Nursing/Nursing

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I am interested in getting an ass. degree in nursing. I have my master's degree in an unrelated field of study. I am interested in a career change. Would already having a master's degree help me with the transistion?

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Amy:

Yes...the masters degree will help by transferring all of the general education.... ie math, english and electives etc.... into the nursing degree. If you had microbiology and anatomy and physiology then you would probably just have the nursing core classes.

The associate RN degree is tough nowadays because hospitals are opting for the BSN nurses for the same rate of pay. Nurses get paid by years of service and not usually education. So the hospital would take the 4 year nurses over the 2 year nurses right out of school when they have many applicants. I am not seeing this so called "nursing shortage" at this time.

I would call your local hospital HR and ask them if they are hiring 2 year RN's in their hospital. Many are just looking at 4 year degrees right now. Some areas are still short of nurses and they will take 2 year RN's. Hopefully, you are in the geographical area which is need of nurses.

Good luck!

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I can answer questions regarding all aspects of Nursing as a career in general. If you need help deciding if nursing is a career for you, then let me help you with your decision. As an added bonus, I can answer your questions from the perspective of being a man in nursing who has a wife that is also a nurse. Men is nursing is more accepted today than it was when I began in 1993. Regardless of your gender, Nursing has so much to offer and is among the most respected professions of our time. I have been a registered nurse since 1993 and have been certified in Critical Care nursing since 1996. I am currently a full-time Critical Care Ground Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN). I am working per diem as a night Shift Administrator/Nursing Supervisor.

Experience

My experience over the years since 1993 have been spent between the Emergency Room and the Critical Care Units. More recently since 2007 I have been working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a Critical Care Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN)/Emergency Medical Technician(EMT). This unit is known as the Specialty Care Transport Unit(SCTU). I transport all age populations with critical medical problems from Hospital A to Hospital B in the back of an ambulance. My job is to make sure this patient remains in the same or better condition and to handle any emergency that may arise during the over the road transport. BLS/ACLS/PALS/NRP/ITLS Certified Provider.

Organizations
American Association of Critical Care Nurses Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

Education/Credentials
BSN,Nursing/Pursuing MSN in Nursing Administration Critical Care Registered Nurse(CCRN)/ Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN)/ Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/ AAS Business Management

Awards and Honors
American Ambulance Association-2009 Star of Life Recipient

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