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I am looking into transferring into a BSN program. What job opportunities should I look for to keep my work in line with my education?

Tuesday February 12, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at a university that did not offer a nursing program. Because nursing is what I've always dreamed of doing, I left school before completing my degree. I am looking into transferring into a BSN program. Because I was working and going to school full time, I struggled before. I've gotten a bit older and have matured, and I now feel I am ready to pursue my career. What job opportunities should I look for to keep my work in line with my education? Do you have any advice for a hopeful student?

Wants to Be a Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Be a Nurse,

Sounds like you're moving in the right direction. I recommend you seek a position such as patient care technician, emergency department technician or nurse’s aide. If you are interested in the operating room or labor and delivery, you also could look into becoming an OR or L&D technician. Working as a patient technician or aide in a hospital or nursing home would be a great way to start. Contact some area facilities to learn about training and job opportunities.

Also, I recommend once you officially become a student nurse, you join and participate in the National Student Nurses Association (www.nsna.org).

Read the article “Success strategies for students” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies-for-Students) for additional tips and advice.

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.