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I am considering pursuing an associate degree, but a lot of hospitals in my area require a bachelor's degree. I'm a bit discouraged and thinking I should consider other career choices. Do you have any advice?

Tuesday January 8, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I graduated with a bachelor's degree, but a pretty low grade-point average. Regretfully, I was not responsible enough in college. I have always been interested in nursing, and after working in hospitals in administrative positions, I realized this even more. I am a hard-working 27-year-old and have matured a lot. I know I could return to school and be a lot more responsible with my studies. I am considering pursuing an associate degree first, and hopefully improving my GPA. A lot of hospitals in my area require a bachelor's degree. I have been a bit discouraged and thinking I should possibly consider other career choices. Do you have any advice for me?

Confused

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Confused,

There is no reason not to pursue your dream. You should absolutely go for the BSN because that has become the standard in nursing whether in or out of the hospital. Nursing programs are very competitive these days and most have a waiting list of two or more years — so start the process now.

In the meantime it would be advisable to become a patient-care tech, a certified nurses aide, an operating room tech or something similar. This will give you good experience, help you decide for sure if nursing is for you and may even facilitate your acceptance into a BSN program.

Where there is a will, there always is a way. If you set your mind to this, you will absolutely be able to make it happen. Persistence and determination will always win out.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.