I think I've been hanging out in all the wrong places on AN- I love this thread too. I'm 56 and will be starting back for my BSN/MSN next week- one class at a time. I do have mixed feeling about this as I feel I am knuckling under to the extortion tactics of the Nursing academia to further solidify their continued employment to the demise of our own. Wouldn't that make a great research paper!
I'm glad to read I'm not alone in age and at this point of my career. I agree - we will all be working well into our 70's. I am undecided as to the MSN track I can persue- I have been away from bedside nursing for a little over 2 years; prior to that nursing abused me at the bedside for 30 years. Any suggestions on the MSN track would be greatly appreciated. One APN track that I absolutely don't want to do, is CRNA. I'm alittle afraid of the prescriptive priviledges/responsiblity of the NP. I was thinking more along the lines of Community Health, Nursing informatics, Nursing educator or Nursing Adminstration( never been in managment but from what I've seen them doing to us at the bedside, just maybe -- ejector buttons in the adminstration's, the board of mistrustees and CEO's chairs is in order)