I have had one hard time deciding what to do with my career. I'm 21, and just graduated from college in May. I've been working as a CNA since August and have accumulated 800 hours. Since being a CNA I have fallen in love with all the aspects of nursing. This profession is made of hard, resilient women and men and I admire and aspire to one day be in their shoes. I can truly see myself as an RN and maybe one day an ARNP.
So here's my dilemma:
I live in Washington state and was offered a great position at one of the leading trauma hospitals in the region as a CNA. However, the unit I was job offered on has a one year "unspoken" commitment. I really don't want to burn any bridges by leaving early. On top of that I have to take two more classes (one Chem and Microbio), and then I'm done with all prerequisites. However, I don't want to work and go to school.
Some background, I want to apply to the nursing school
on the east part of WA state where I graduated from. I'll also look at some of the programs close to where I live. I would preferably start August 2018.
So my question to everyone is,
Should I take the CNA job for the experience and postpone nursing school 1.5 to 2 years or should I just focus on nursing school?
The decision is eating at me because I don't want to keep waiting to start a career that I know I will love, but I am afraid to pass up on an experience like this that could get my foot in the door after I graduate from nursing school.
Please tell me thoughts and opinions!!!