Switching careers is a big decision and can seem very daunting. Even if you’re completely sure, pursuing nursing as a second career takes a hefty helping of guts. Leaving behind your comfort zone is never easy, but it’s always worth it.
While changing your career to nursing is exciting, it’s not nearly as difficult as you may think. Here, we explain why your career do-over is doable (and very smart!).
You Have the Passion – Now Take the Action!
The most important thing you need to have to make nursing your second career is passion. You already have that covered, so now you need to focus on what will make your career change easier. Let’s start with what kind of nursing program will work best.
Online-based Accelerated BSN (ABSN)
With the online-based ABSN, it’s possible to become an RN in as little as two years. Using a combination of online courses and in-hospital experience, Marian University’s ABSN program is 16-months. Even with prerequisite course requirements, many people go from student nurse to professional nurse within two years. You can use Marian’s Adult Program (MAP) to take your prerequisite courses online in a matter of weeks so you can start school ASAP.
Our ABSN program also has three start dates each year – Winter, Spring and Summer, giving you more chances to start your nursing career path. If you’re already worried about how you’ll plan your own personal ABSN timeline, you don’t have to do it alone.
Related: Learn More About Prereqs & MAP
ABSN Admissions Advisors
By not doing it alone, we mean that you need guidance. As soon as you contact one of our ABSN Admissions Advisors, the ball starts rolling. Your Admissions Advisor will tell you exactly what you need for admission to the ABSN program, help you review transcripts, explain financing options, schedule your prereqs and literally anything else you need help with during the admissions process. Your Admissions Advisor is there for you from that first contact to your first day of classes.
She’s an advocate on your side who will help you present yourself as the best possible candidate.Plus, because our Admissions Advisors have helped countless students, they can offer advice on how others like you have done it. They can also help you find online communities where you can connect with other career changers, who can give you a real-life look at what it’s like to change your career to nursing. You’ll likely be told there’s plenty of opportunity for nurses.
The Nursing Shortage
The current nursing shortage is very real and cannot be fixed overnight. Baby Boomers are retiring and living longer, taking many nurses out of the workforce and adding more patients. Combine this with the influx of patients due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a few other factors, and the decades-long nursing shortage looks like it’s reaching its breaking point. Current predictions show the shortage getting worse before it gets better. While the situation is dire, the shortage provides more opportunities for bachelor’s-educated nurses.
This means a wider variety of positions, competitive pay, and more ways to advance. Also, these days there are more school/hospital partnerships which can make finding a job after graduation easier. It’s the perfect time to choose nursing as a second career. Learn more: What Makes Nursing a Good Career Choice
Nursing School/Hospital Partnerships
At Marian University, we partner with St. Vincent for our Indianapolis nursing program, which means all of our nurses complete their clinical experiences at St. Vincent. Hospitals are learning that this type of partnership brings them a steady stream of nurses who are educated on their systems and with their processes. Our graduates often receive multiple offers from a variety of employers.
Additionally, if you are a good student and make a great impression on hospital staff, there’s the possibility you’ll be offered a job at the partnership hospital. Because hospitals need bachelor’s-educated nurses who know their systems and processes, hospital partnerships give students a leg up on the competition. It’s yet another reason the time has never been better to switch your career to nursing. When it comes to opportunity, the sky is the limit.
It’s Time to Start Loving Your Career Again
You want to do it – and now is the perfect time to do it! Take advantage of the blended ABSN program so you can become an in-demand, bachelor’s-educated nurse in as little as two years. Contact an ABSN Admissions Advisor and learn more about what you need to do to get started, or start with our step-by-step guide on how to change your career to nursing.