Thinking of changing my degree from Nursing to Finance/Accounting..advice?

I just finished year ONE of an Associates program. I am officially an LPN. Initially, I was going to go on to be an RN, and later on, a Nurse Practitioner..but I have also found an interest in taxes. I’m torn. I’m GOOD at both. However, my ultimate goal is to have my own office and work for myself. I know that I can be a tax preparer and generate some decent income working hard those few months..and same for Nurse Practitioner. I just don’t know how to weigh out the benefits for both. Which one is worth it? I’m 26..and a as you can understand..I don’t want to waste my entire life starting a career..I have a biological clock that is also ticking ;)

PS. To the people who think that nurses “always have a job” and are in “high demand”. I would like to tell you that that is NOT true at ALL and part of the reason I’m open to two options. Additionally…nursing is abusive and doesn’t pay well for what you are dealing with. However, I DO love it. I just hate the hospitals and how they slam nurses with so many patients that they can’t really give special care or anything. I’m soooo torn.
Also..I know this is the wrong section..but it’s a very active section with several adults, it I wanted to see what kind of insight I could receive.
I am in NYC and can’t land a nursing position to save my life..also know several experienced RNs who have been out of a job for a year.

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7 Responses to Thinking of changing my degree from Nursing to Finance/Accounting..advice?

  1. Rocky Mtn High says:

    Look at the jobs available, stay in nursing. I’m currently sitting in my home office with nothing to do but fart around in answers and no prospects.

  2. My Conservative 454 Water Taxi says:

    Stick with the nursing. It pays more and there will always be a need for more RNs.


  3. Asamat says:

    health care is a growing industry as populations grow,

    however if you can get a job at an american bank do that, you can pay yourself large bonuses all the time, if you ever4 lose money the tax payers will buy you a new lamborghini – ah thats nice lets have a little bail out

  4. Brian says:

    You are one year from becoming an RN and nursing is one of the most in demand fields right now. Stay put and get your AS and then if you feel the need pursue your BS in a business field..

    I am not sure why NYC is having a glut of nurses. Health care positions are the one area that is still booming most everywhere else..

  5. lrd00a says:

    I’m an RN/BSN and have 2 jobs at the present. Go for both, do RN first, because that will bankroll your schooling for finance.

    Do either Long Term Care (less abusive than hospitals, easier work and higher pay), or VA hospitals (you get more time off, especially if you’re family-minded, also less abusive and higher pay, they are also unionized, keep that in mind, so fewer patient to nurse ratios).

    If you want to sweat it out in the hospitals, only do 1 year, then get into agencies, treat you better, with better pay.

    If you’re in NYC, you might want to expand your options to other areas, as a lot of nurses commute to the city to make more $$ (depends on where you practice, the market is different). You could also do travel nursing, a lot of nurses enjoy that as well.

    Good luck to you! =)

  6. Dem Spin says:

    Nursing has more opportunities. I work in the medical field doing travel work and hospitals all over the nation are begging for nurses.

    Here is a link to a regional hospital based out of Charlotte NC.

    They have 202 inpatient jobs….that is just inpatient.

  7. libsticker says:

    Nursing over all is doing well when we have many people out of work. You may have to relocate but there are many nursing jobs available out there if you just go to monster jobs you can see where they are hurting the most. The problem with most job seekers are they are not willing to relocate to the job, they expect the job to be available where they are and that is just not the case these days when the economy is on life support.