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How to Change Careers to Nursing and Go Back to School

If you were to ask someone how to change careers to nursing after being in the workforce for a few years and they said it was easy, you were lied to.

The best things in life do not come easy. But you probably already know that.

If you’re looking into accelerated nursing program formats, you know you’re going to be thrown into a fast-paced curriculum. In less than a year, you’ll be working alongside experienced nursing in your clinicals helping patients. That’s nothing to sneeze at.

How to Change Careers to Nursing

Going back to nursing school for a second bachelor’s degree can be daunting. Do not, however, let it intimidate you.

Step 1: Make the Decision and Stick to It

Faced with this knowledge, you might start rethinking you career change. You can tell yourself that you’re actually happy in your current job or that this is just a phase and you’ll grow out of it. But the reality is you’ve been called to a higher purpose. Because nursing is a calling.

Nurses go to work every day knowing they will make a difference in someone’s life. Whether you work in a hospital, a clinic, a school, or a nursing home, you’ll make a difference. It’s the kind of rewarding and meaningful work you don’t always find.

If you’ve been thinking about changing careers to nursing, make the decision and stick to it. You’ll be glad you did.

Step 2: Find the Right Nursing School

Marian University’s Everything You Need to Know about the Accelerated BSN Program guide can help you start answering some of these questions. Download your free guide today.

In Indianapolis, there are several accredited nursing programs to choose from. You’ll need to find the right nursing school for you.

During your research phase, start asking yourself and your admissions advisor some of these questions:

  1. What are the admissions requirements?
  2. What prerequisites do I need?
  3. Can I leverage my current bachelor’s degree?
  4. How thorough is the curriculum?
  5. Is the curriculum full-time or can I still work?
  6. How many clinical hours will I complete during my education?
  7. Does the nursing school have a hospital partner where I’ll complete my clinicals?
  8. Is the learning format flexible?
  9. How reputable is this school?
  10. What financial aid is available to me?

Step 3: Affirm You Can Do It

The unknown is understandably a little daunting, but you can do this. You aren’t the first person to change careers to nursing, and you won’t be the last. Marian University ABSN admissions advisors provide one-on-one support throughout the entire process.

Meet Cristina Fontana, RN, Former Radiologist

Meet Cristina Fontana, RN. In 2011, she made the decision to change careers to nursing and hasn’t looked back.

Cristina is originally from Venezuela. She moved here with her husband and children in 1996. Once in the United States, she finished her collegiate education and received a bachelor’s degree in radiology in 1999 from Indiana University.

She worked as a radiologist for 14 years. Towards the end of her first career, Cristina’s mother fell ill and was hospitalized for a prolonged period of time. Spending several months by her bed, Cristina got to know the nursing staff fairly well. She says “That experience stirred up in me again those childhood memories of playing ‘nurse/doctor’ with my dolls. However, I had a radiation therapist job that I loved, so I could not justify going back to school.”

Fate played a part in Cristina’s decision to go back to school to become a nurse. In April of 2011, she lost her radiology job and heard a radio ad for Marian University’s Accelerated BSN program in Indianapolis. You can guess what happened next.

How Cristina Changed Careers to Nursing

She started talking to a Marian University advisor, who informed her that most of her college credits would transfer and she wouldn’t need to take many prerequisites to qualify. Cristina began taking her prerequisites through Marian’s Adult Program (MAP) and started nursing school May 2012.

Affirm You Can Do ItWhile working towards her ABSN, Cristina did have to adjust to the online, accelerated nursing program learning format. When asked about her experience, she said, “My professors were very supportive; I could call and email them, and I knew some of them better than instructors I see face-to-face. And yes, classes are online, but you’re having open discussions with your professors and classmates through the platform, so you get to know how other people feel about a certain topic.”

Cristina is a success story. On May 3, 2013, she was invited to join the Sigma Theta Tau International Society, an organization which, in order to receive an invitation, you must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. In August 2013, she graduated with the Student Mentor Award.

Cristina now works as a manager of a cancer center and is proud to be a nurse. “It’s an honor,” she says.

Don’t Wait if You’re Thinking about Changing Careers to Nursing

If you’re stuck in a dead-end job, you’re not doing yourself any favors by putting off your dreams. There is a reason you want to become a nurse and you owe it to yourself to explore it. Start researching programs and asking questions.

You don’t have to be alone in this process. Talk to an Admissions Advisor at Marian University today to find out more about the program and see if you qualify.

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