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Should You Change Careers And Get A Nursing Degree?

Is now the best time for a career change? You have a job, but you're not sure if you should stay in it. If a nursing degree is something you've dreamed about pursuing (or at the very least, thought about seriously), take a look at the questions to ask before you switch professions and start nursing school.

Why Do You Want To Change Careers?

There isn't one universal reason for making a major career change. This means you will need to weigh the benefits of a new job versus what you already have in your current career. Some of the top job-related issues to consider as you make this choice include the amount of money you currently earn, the projected salary in a different career, the workplace environments of your current and future jobs, the workday/work-week schedules, your location (proximity to the workplace), the essential job duties, job fulfillment, and work-life balance.

What Does A Career As A Registered Nurse Mean for You?

More specifically, what does it really mean for you to work as an RN? You can research jobs as a nurse online and learn more about the financial benefits. But this doesn't mean you will truly understand what this type of career change will feel like for you as an individual. To get a better feel for this new career and what it includes, talk to a professional who already works in the industry. Nursing schools can help prospective students to learn more about the field. When you contact the school for information, ask to speak to a career counselor, academic advisor, or experienced instructor. 

What Does A Career As An RN Mean for Your Finances?

While you will need to pay for school, take out loans, or apply for grants, as a graduate you will make more than minimum wage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for an RN in 2020 was $75,330 per year or $36.22 per hour.

Do You Have Time To Change Careers Right Now?

A nursing degree requires a time and energy commitment. You will need to take classes that include the biological sciences (biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology). Along with these courses, you will also need to complete hands-on nursing science labs and clinical experiences. Overall, a bachelor's in nursing can take four years of full-time study to complete. If you have other obligations that take up your time, you may need to choose a part-time, evening, or online program.

Contact a university for more information about nursing degrees