I'm not even in nursing school yet. And I know the holidays are here and no one has a lot of time. But can someone briefly tell me what happens after one graduates from nursing school? I thought that was it. You go out and get a job. Now I find out there are something called the NCLEX exam? I think I know that it's an exam every nursing student who has successfully completely school has to take for licensure, right?
And then what? I am only going for an AA Degree. I realize that that will limit my options and opportunities, but does it mean that I'm going to get stuck being able to work only on general hospital wards? I realize I will have to do a couple of years in a hospital, as a green nurse getting experience, but isn't there anything else I can do? What if I want to work in surgery? What about Hospice? And what are all these Certifications I hear about? Are they only available for nurses with BSNs?
I love this board. As I've been reading the posts here over the past two weeks, I realize how much I didn't have a clue about. My 'innocence'
:chuckle is totally gone. I realize I'm in for a long, hard road. But I want to do it anyway! If all I can do is be a nurse on a hospital ward, I'll do it. But I really have my heart set on Hospice nursing.