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Any Nurses/Nurse Practitioners who are also musicians?

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Hello,

I am considering doing a direct-entry MSN program in the near future, but I am also a musician on the side. I was hoping there are other Nurse musicians out there who could offer some advice? Is it possible to balance nursing and your music? Do the two even go together?

Thanks!

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I'm not a musician, but I do like music a lot :)

I also believe that art makes the world a better place, and I really admire those who are able to balance their livelihoods while nurturing their artistic passions. A friend posted something on FB the other day---it said (something like) "The earth without art is just 'eh' ".

I know that's not specifically helpful, and I don't know what kind of commitment you have to your musical endeavors. I guess I'd say: don't sacrifice your dreams to work in healthcare, and don't sacrifice your music. But make appropriate adjustments so that neither is preventing you from excelling at the other.

That was nice and vague. :-)

Good luck to you!

Kan

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Thank you so much for the reply. I'm not too sure why my question is "Oddly specific." Specific, sure, but odd? No.

Anyway, thanks again for the advice. I feel so torn because I don't want to give up what I love for a career. But I also want to have a career!

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One of my closest friends in NP school is a very accomplished musician who has won international competitions, and made her living by performing. Unfortunately, it wasn't a very liveable living. She decided to pursue her other dream of working in nursing. She is now an NP in the Air Force who plays music on the side. She doesn't have as much time as she would like for her music, but hopes that changes some once she leaves the military later this year.

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Well there are several. One - hope she sees this and replies to you - is quite the heavy metal one! She's got a band and is quite accomplished.

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OK, I do remember her name it's "Rocknurse" she even posted on a thread a while back with a link to her band site. Originally from the UK she rocks the East Coast.

I am sure if she still checks in she'd love to talk to you about how she handles things. Send her a Private Message.

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I read the post title incorrectly, I thought it read "Any Nurse Practitioners who are also musicians?"

I thought, well, you'd probably have better luck finding fellow musicians if you weren't looking only for advance practice nurses. :rotfl:

:smokin:

Nothing to see here! :lol2:

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Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello,

I am considering doing a direct-entry MSN program in the near future, but I am also a musician on the side. I was hoping there are other Nurse musicians out there who could offer some advice? Is it possible to balance nursing and your music? Do the two even go together?

Thanks!

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Me! I'm a nurse. . . and I'm a musician! (In fact, I used to make my money solely on being a keyboardist for a cruise-ship lounge band!)

Yes. . . you CAN balance the two together. However, priorities do need to be made because of the limited hours found in a day. Of course, it's up to you how to set those priorities. I will say, though, that I needed to concentrate on my studies when I went for my BS in nursing (. . . already had my AS in nursing).

Yes. . . nursing and music can be "combined". It can be done in a number of ways if one is "creative" and adventuresome. My wife and I own a very small and VERY part-time production company (which hasn't been doing business, lately :( ). Basically, we provide musical comedy (both in CDs and live performances) for nursing and other health-care organizations. We've produced and performed shows all over the country for many different organizations. In past years, the business has been quite profitable. (Now, it's just kind of dormant.) There's also the concept of "Music Therapy", which is more clinically oriented, of course. Don't know how "profitable" it is though.

Here's to being both a nurse and a musician. . . . :cheers:

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@efiebke: Wow, that is amazing!!! Great to know. Thank you so much for the reply! It's nice to know I am not the only one out there!

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