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    I’m currently struggling with the decision to get my BSN or to get my BS in Rad Tech. Considering current job issues for RNs, what would you recommend I ask myself before fully committing to one or the other? My concern for choosing RN is my inability to properly advocate for my patients, not having enough staff on duty to properly care for my patients, always having to cover my back side to protect my license and my livelihood, and any joy of being an RN being sucked out of me due to the concerns I’ve just mentioned. There is a huge need for nurses, but hospitals are down grading, not hiring very many new nurses as a result to the down grades, and they want to work on skeleton staff in order to save money. My mom, mother in law, and aunt are all RNs and are telling me to not go for my BSN until things change. However, as I’m preparing to get my CNA, that strong pull to be an RN is starting again. I love patient care and I love being in the hospital healing. I don’t feel as if I will have that ability as a rad tech, at least not to the same degree as I would as an RN.

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    The nurse shortage comes and goes … sometimes it is easy for new grads to get a job, other times, not so much. Right now the nurses I know who were looking for new jobs were able to get them, but a friend who recently finished rad tech school is having a very hard time finding her first job. The turn over rate for rad techs seems lower. Might be different in big cities or other parts of the country, but being a new grad rad tech right now seems painful.

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    So, would you suggest to keep going for my BSN? I think rad tech could be fun, but I don’t know if I’ll enjoy it as much. I worked as a patient care tech for 6 months and I loved it! The only concern I really have is nurse burn out. My mom is already there after two years at a VA hospital and my grandma always told me to not follow in her footsteps. My mother in law says there are better paying jobs that are worth the pay check and that she wouldn’t recommend nursing. But the nurses I worked with and the nurses in this community love their jobs. I know I can’t make decisions based off of other people, but I’m torn between having a job I love and never having a break at work or having a job I kind of like with half of the work and the ability to take a bathroom break if I need to.

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    Whatever job you take, it will eventually become work. Five years ago, even if I won the lotto, I would have continued to keep working, at least part time, just because I enjoyed the job. If I won the lotto today, I’m not even sure I would call in, but I know I wouldn’t be working any more shifts 😉

    Nursing is a calling. If you love it, do it … and it provides many other opportunities and areas for when you do burn out of one area.

    If you are looking for equal to better pay, with better hours, day shifts, no holidays, etc … dental hygienist is where it is at. The dental field hasn’t been abused by government mandates as much as medicine, so they still have a cash up front business, and they do very well. A dentist friend of mine pays his hygienist more than I make, and I have been a hospital nurse for 18 years now. I wouldn’t like the job … same thing over and over all day long and having to put my hands in other people’s mouths all day, but the amount of school isn’t bad and the pay is great. I don’t know what the job market is like, but I can’t imagine there is that much turnover?

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