What is the best first step to take when making a career change from business to nursing?

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Dear Donna,

I am looking to make a career change from business to nursing. I don’t know where to start. Should I get an associate degree in nursing? What is your take on online programs?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Sarah,

You will join the ranks of the many second-career nurses entering the profession. You have a few choices for education.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another major, look for an accelerated BSN or second-degree BSN program. This will put you on a fast track to becoming an RN and yield you a BSN at the end, which is desirable in today’s market.

If you don’t already have another degree, your other option would be to get an associate degree in nursing or enroll in a traditional BSN program. Although the associate degree program would be shorter than the BSN (if you don’t have another degree) the BSN will make you more marketable. However, many people begin in the associate program and start working as a nurse before going on for their BSN.

To become an RN, you would need to attend a classroom-based program. Although some of the courses might be online, much of your time will be spent in the classroom, labs and clinical practice.

Check out www.discovernursing.com for more information about the profession, educational options, scholarships and more.

Good luck,


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