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I've already got a bachelors degree (Management). I think that I'd like to transition into a healthcare related field. i.e. Nursing, PA, etc. Has anyone made a jump to another field "mid career" (salary wise)? I'd just like to try something that might provide some job satisfaction. Thoughts?
 

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I'm in the process right now...a bit unnerving yet exciting all at the same time.
 

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If thinking of healthcare I would volunteer some place (hospital or nursing home) first to make sure it would be a food fit for you.

Nursing is headed towards BSN only for many places especially hospitals. PAs don't have full script privileges on all states.

Not sure what you are looking for salary wise.

While nursing can be rewarding there are many days I wonder why I ever became one.

Good luck in your quest.
 
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I'm in the process right now...a bit unnerving yet exciting all at the same time.
Yup. I went through the same thing when I left the military in 2007 and went to school full-time. Unfortunately, I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up.:doh:

If thinking of healthcare I would volunteer some place (hospital or nursing home) first to make sure it would be a food fit for you.

Nursing is headed towards BSN only for many places especially hospitals. PAs don't have full script privileges on all states
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Not sure what you are looking for salary wise.

While nursing can be rewarding there are many days I wonder why I ever became one.

Good luck in your quest.
Yeah...if I decide to go that route, I would do a night two year program (there's one in town), and then upgrade to a BSN ASAP. My wife says that's stupid, as I've already got a BA...but It's not practical for me to take 2+ years off from work and go back to school. Any break in employment is viewed as a bad thing (even if it's to go back to school). I went through that when I left the military to go to college. Veterans have a 5% higher unemployment rate than the general population.

The starting salary for a PA is around $78k. I'm assuming that's salaried. Nurses are at around $45/hr starting in this area.

Edit: Correction...my wife is looking at roughly $45/hr transitioning from surgical tech. to nursing (she's been in that role for a while). I'm sure I wouldn't be anywhere near that amount starting off.
 

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I'm in the middle of a career change now, from diploma nurse to a bachelor of health science degree. I'm leaving nursing to enter an office based job in rehabilitation...specifically disability case managment with the intent to move into Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling.

Can't tell you how it worked out cause I'm not there just yet :D I am hoping that I can get a job in my field. I've been out of the work force a long time due to disability so who knows what re entering the job market would be like.

I do know that there are jobs in the healthcare vocations at least up here in Canada. One easier way to transition might be to work in HR for the health authorities. I looked into this option and once I get my degree I could add on a diploma. You sound experienced so they would likley consider your previous learning and it would take less time to complete your certification. There are some interesting jobs in purchasing too, my husband is a clinical product specialist for a large supply company. If you have business skills becoming a buyer is also an option and the pay is pretty decent. You may be more qualified for a managment stream with a degree.

Of course I'm not sure what your original degree/field is so I'm rambling. Take a look on the websites as to what kind of jobs are being offered. Nursing up here is all BSN, has been since 2005. One of the reasons why I couldn't find much work...my diploma is outdated.

Good Luck!
 

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I'm in the middle of a career change now, from diploma nurse to a bachelor of health science degree. I'm leaving nursing to enter an office based job in rehabilitation...specifically disability case managment with the intent to move into Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling.

Can't tell you how it worked out cause I'm not there just yet :D I am hoping that I can get a job in my field. I've been out of the work force a long time due to disability so who knows what re entering the job market would be like.

I do know that there are jobs in the healthcare vocations at least up here in Canada. One easier way to transition might be to work in HR for the health authorities. I looked into this option and once I get my degree I could add on a diploma. You sound experienced so they would likley consider your previous learning and it would take less time to complete your certification. There are some interesting jobs in purchasing too, my husband is a clinical product specialist for a large supply company. If you have business skills becoming a buyer is also an option and the pay is pretty decent. You may be more qualified for a managment stream with a degree.

Of course I'm not sure what your original degree/field is so I'm rambling. Take a look on the websites as to what kind of jobs are being offered. Nursing up here is all BSN, has been since 2005. One of the reasons why I couldn't find much work...my diploma is outdated.

Good Luck!
Yup. Given my background, HR would be a good fit. I'd rather not deal with hiring, firing, and petty personnel squabbling on a daily basis though.

The turn-over time in this area is very steep. In this area...there are a BUNCH of nursing positions open. Each hospital (three big ones within 20 miles of my house) has literally 10+ full-time and several PRN (part-time) positions open. If a nurse (eight two year or BSN) is unemployed in this area, it's because either: A. She's not REALLY trying to be employed, or B. She's unemployable (i.e. something on her record).
 

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You will have a better chance getting a job at a VA hospital, along with giving you credit for time already served for your retirement.
 

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Yup. Given my background, HR would be a good fit. I'd rather not deal with hiring, firing, and petty personnel squabbling on a daily basis though.

The turn-over time in this area is very steep. In this area...there are a BUNCH of nursing positions open. Each hospital (three big ones within 20 miles of my house) has literally 10+ full-time and several PRN (part-time) positions open. If a nurse (eight two year or BSN) is unemployed in this area, it's because either: A. She's not REALLY trying to be employed, or B. She's unemployable (i.e. something on her record).
Where I am most of the hospitals have several job openings but are not really hiring. They want experienced nurses who will work at a new graduate wage. I know several excellent nurses who have had to move out of the area because they could not get jobs.
 

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One thing you might consider is working in a dialysis unit. The staff nurses there get paid a pretty good salary and you could start as a dialysis tech to get some experience. My Dad goes to one run by a company called Fresenius. Here is their website Fresenius Medical Care - Home Most of the nurses that work there seem to like their job. Just thought it's something you could research and consider. Good luck in whatever you decide.
 

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You might also consider Physical Therapy. The PT assistant program is about 2 years and pays relatively well.
 
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