Wow, thanks everyone for all of your helpful responses. With your input, and my mom's and boyfriend's guidance I have decided to put it off for a year. Cause like randybayrn said, it's only a year. I would much rather focus on becoming the best nurse I can be during my first year as a RN. Thanks again!!!:spin:
Quote from clatter
Personally, I think probably too much at one time. For many, the first job, is jolting, to say the least. You should be trying to give yourself an edge at adapting to your new job.
That's what I am afraid of. I know it is going to be a huge transition for me. I don't want to sacrifice any amount of time or effort that I should be putting into my new career.
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In response to your question, I think you should certainly wait a bit. Get your license under you, get settled into a job, which by the way, do you have a nursing job lined up yet? I graduated from nursing school last year. I am just starting my RN-BSN online now. I am a mother of 2, working full time too and just feel settled enough now to start "school" again. Don't over do it!
Thanks! I guess I'll be in your boat (well minus the kids,... maybe) next year. I think the year off will definatly help me get settled.
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I began my ASN to BSN program right after graduating. Well, I took the summer off because the classes didn't start until August. I took boards in June and started working as a RN in July. It sucks, but I know if I didn't go back right away, I wouldn't and would always regret it.
Hmm, that's something I am a little worried about- that I won't want to go back after some time off. But I've been going to school full-time including summers for 5 years now (yeah, and I'm only getting my ADN- can we say indecisive?) so I don't know what it will even be like without school! I hope I don't love it TOO much!
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The GN I am precepting now is doing it and she said she has periods where she feels overwhelmed, but she's managing. I also precepted a nurse a couple of years ago that quit her ADN to BSN program feeling overwhelmed.
If it were me, I would concentrate on studying for boards and getting my grove on in my new job before tacking a BSN program.
But the BSN programs are half-time and doable while working full time, so it can be done. Plus if you're getting financial aid, it's easier just to keep on keeping on.
Thank you. I have a feeling that I will be overwhelmed enough as it is with just my job your advice on getting more comfortable with my job first is a great idea.
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I just graduated in December, am taking my boards on Feb 5 and start my new job orientation Feb 9th. I will be in orientation for 6 months, CHOC NICU, and then once I have had a year of experience and feel comfortable in my current position, I will pursue my BSN part time through the on site satellite through Cal State Fullerton. They have a program that is three years, I think it is like two classes a semester. I think this is a great way to go so that you don't get overwhelmed, but if you are the type of person that will not return to school if you wait a year, then keep going. The way I see it is why overly stress yourself if it is not necessary. I mean your only talking about a year. Good luck!
You are so right, it is only a year! I guess I forget that I'm not rushing for any reason anymore.