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Advice on nursing...

Fontana, David trauma-list@trauma.org
Wed, 26 Jun 2002 18:04:55 +1000

It may take a little longer, but I think going for the Bachelors' degree is
the better option. I say this because if you end up loving it as much as I
do, ( I've been practising for 15 years now), you will probably want to
pursue a higher degree, masters etc. I started out with a Bachelor and
progressed  through both a Grad. Dip. and Masters. It just opens the door to
a higher degree.
Good luck whatever you decide, but I urge you to get some good general
nursing experience before you specialise in trauma or whatever. Many people
underestimate the benefit of consolidating their under grad experience, in
the ward environment.,
Good Luck
David Fontana RN
Unit Manager PACU
Frankston Hospital
Melbourne, Australia.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Russ Pasley [SMTP:rpasley@marmotmountain.com]
> Sent:	Wednesday, June 26, 2002 7:16 AM
> To:	trauma-list@trauma.org
> Subject:	Advice on nursing...
> Greetings,
> I have a quick question to shoot out at any trauma/emergency room nurses
> that would be kind enough to take a moment to offer me some advice or
> insight.
> I am about to pursue a career in nursing, more specifically working in
> trauma.  I have had experience in the past as an EMT with the National
> Park
> Service as a ranger.  Working on certain incidents in Yellowstone made me
> realize that I wanted to follow a career path in trauma nursing.  I worked
> well with my fellow colleagues (rangers, nurses, and doctor) , was
> respected by them, and encouraged to pursue a career in emergency
> medicine.
> My question is how does one work their way into trauma?  I do not want to
> get into nursing to be a floor nurse in a hospital, work in a retirement
> home, or in a doctor's office.  Is there a danger of being "pigeon-holed"
> early in your career?  Right now I am starting to volunteer in the ER at
> San Francisco General.  This is the main trauma center for this side of
> the
> bay.  My plan is to reinstate my EMT and to then work my way into a tech
> position in the ER if possible. This way while I am in school the ER staff
> will get to know me, my character, and my abilities.  Does this sound like
> a good plan?
> The only other question is that of an Associate's degree vs a Bachelor's
> degree.  Both qualify you to sit for the state exam for an RN.  For the AA
> I have my prerequisite classes done, can get into a program now, and be
> done in 4 semesters.  Pursuing the BS will take quite a bit longer.  I'm
> 40
> and want to start things happening right now!  I guess what I am asking is
> will the AA hinder my goals as opposed to getting the BS?
> Again, I would be very appreciative to any of you out there who could take
> a bit of time out of your busy lives to offer me some advice.
> Thanks much and peace to you,
> Russ Pasley
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