Nursing as a second career

Always dreamed of being a nurse but other things got in the way? Don’t put it off any longer! It doesn’t matter what your background is, it’s never too late to join the exciting profession of nursing. In fact, many employers value previous work experience in nurses new to the profession.

If you have a degree, there are a variety of accelerated (or post-baccalaureate or second degree) nursing programs. They are intense but worth the effort – they enable you to become a nurse within two years of studies. Many programs are also part-time to accommodate you if you need to work during your studies.

Don’t let age hold you back from making a career switch: the majority of Canadian nurses are over 40. Similarly, there’s no need to be concerned about finding work. The Canadian Nurses’ Association projects a shortage in Canada of 78,000 RNs this year and 113,000 RNs by 2016.

It’s important to keep in mind that some nursing roles, such as a staff nurses may be more physically demanding than other roles such as working in an out-patient clinic or in nursing research. But the great thing about nursing is that there are so many options. Find the right one for you at Nursing Sectors.