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Nursing undergrad after a masters degree

I recently graduated with a masters degree in psychological research and currently work part time for a charity. I was pretty unsure about what I wanted to do when I left school so I studied psychology in uni. I often thought about doing nursing but thought I was too late as I had already chosen psychology. Now that I have finished my masters, I really want to do nursing.

I have developed a lot of skills that are transferable to nursing and due to the caring nature of my work I do think I’m suited to work as a nurse - it would be a step up from the role that I currently have.

I’ve spoken to family and friends and a lot of them think that I’m wasting my time and money by going back to uni as I’ve already completed 5 years of study. But I really would love to go back and train as a nurse. I also think with my specialist area in research combined with a nursing degree, my skills and knowledge would be really beneficial and could offer a lot to patients with learning disabilities.

Do you think it’s silly of me to want to go back and study or should I just go for what I want?
Original post by Mollymcshane
I recently graduated with a masters degree in psychological research and currently work part time for a charity. I was pretty unsure about what I wanted to do when I left school so I studied psychology in uni. I often thought about doing nursing but thought I was too late as I had already chosen psychology. Now that I have finished my masters, I really want to do nursing.

I have developed a lot of skills that are transferable to nursing and due to the caring nature of my work I do think I’m suited to work as a nurse - it would be a step up from the role that I currently have.

I’ve spoken to family and friends and a lot of them think that I’m wasting my time and money by going back to uni as I’ve already completed 5 years of study. But I really would love to go back and train as a nurse. I also think with my specialist area in research combined with a nursing degree, my skills and knowledge would be really beneficial and could offer a lot to patients with learning disabilities.

Do you think it’s silly of me to want to go back and study or should I just go for what I want?

Ultimately, it’s your life and your decision. I think there’s potential for you to bring a lot to the profession from your previous study and research. What branch of nursing would you consider? How do you imagine your career evolving? Do you want to continue with your research, and does having a nursing degree add to how you would do this or would taking the next academic step into doctoral studies with your current qualifications be enough?

There’s obviously the financial implications to consider, you will get access to funding as nursing is an exception course. You’ll be studying again for two or three years depending on what route you decide to take, I’m sure you know how hard it can be to survive as a student already.

I think you’ve quite a bit to explore here, I reckon it would be useful to speak to some uni staff at a nursing open day, also maybe seek out some academics with similar research interests to you as well and see if they have any suggestions etc (these may be nursing academics too).

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