Nursing as a Second Career

Are you thinking about a career as an RN?  

Today, an increasing number of adults, with or without prior degrees, are turning to nursing as their second career choice. It’s no wonder why nursing is such an attractive option–with a growing demand for nurses in the healthcare industry, competitive salaries, and endless opportunities for professional growth and development, nursing has become a top choice for those seeking a rewarding and meaningful career. Not only does the field of nursing provide an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients and families, but it also offers a chance to work alongside other passionate healthcare professionals and be a part of an ever-expanding community committed to improving the lives of others. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that more and more individuals are choosing nursing as their second career, and making a lasting impact in the world of healthcare.


You should consider that nursing school requires an aptitude for math and science, is physically and mentally demanding, and is time-consuming. Most nursing programs are full-time and difficult to combine with full-time employment. Some programs offer online coursework, but all nursing students must still complete on-site “clinical” coursework in healthcare settings and simulation laboratories. Nursing school requires a significant commitment of time and energy, but the results can be well worth the effort.

Accelerated/Second-Degree Nursing Programs

Looking for a nursing program? Search our complete list of Indiana-accredited nursing programs, including accelerated/second-degree nursing programs for individuals with a prior bachelor’s degree.

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“Caring is the essence of nursing.”

—Jean Watson