It’s one thing to make New Year’s resolutions; it’s another to actually check them off at the end of the year. If you’re thinking about changing your career to become a nurse, now is the time to get the ball rolling. Here are 5 resolutions you can make for the upcoming year that will help you transition from your current career.
Make a list of ten things you need to do to become a nurse.
When people set their sights on a significant goal like making a career change, it’s critical to stay focused. Compile a list of essential first steps to help you stay on task. Your list might include:
- Choose three second-degree nursing programs in Boston that spark your interest
- Talk to admissions advisors from each school to learn about eligibility and the admissions process
- Take a guided tour of your top-choice school
- Investigate your options for financial aid, including scholarships, loans and work study
Any college or university you connect with will provide you with the necessary application steps to prepare for your nursing school start date, such as completing nursing prerequisites and obtaining official transcripts. The more specific your list, the easier it will be to make progress.
Prepare yourself and your support network for your transition to nursing school.
Changing careers is no easy task, and it’s important for both you and your loved ones to go into the process with eyes wide open. On a personal level, take stock of your current priorities and find ways to lighten your load while you’re in nursing school. When it comes to family and friends, talk to them about the intensity and time commitment involved with nursing school so they know what to expect. Answer their questions as honestly as possible and ask them to reach out to you regularly with positive words and encouragement. The process is much easier when you have help!
Revisit your budget to accommodate life as a nursing student and then as a new nurse.
If you’ve recently graduated with your first bachelor’s degree, this may be easy; for those with significant work experience or a family to support, it will be harder, but not impossible. Approach your budget with realistic expectations and find ways to save and make money where you can, reminding yourself that anything you eliminate can be added back in once you’ve re-entered the workforce.
Fuel your passion for nursing.
You can do this in a number of ways. Keep a journal that lists all the reasons why you’d like to become a nurse and update it with new information as you make your way through nursing school. Dive into career planning resources for nurses. Explore your options for nursing jobs outside of the hospital. Revisit these notes whenever you need a boost of motivation, whether you’re working through the application process or preparing for a big exam. As a nursing student, you can also talk to nurses you meet during clinical rotations for inspirational or funny stories. Connecting to people who are living your dream can help it come to fruition.
These are only a sample of countless resolutions you can make to help you get started and stay on track with switching your career to nursing. But you don’t have to do it alone! Northeastern University is here to help you every step of the way. Take the first step and contact us at 866.892.3819 or complete our contact form.