I am currently an LPN (x9 years), in school for ADN/RN. I worked in the local hospital for 3 years right out of school but due to taking time off for kids, etc., etc., now I'm in LTC. My goal is to work ED/Trauma/ICU. I live in a rural area with a few small-medium sized hospitals and a couple large hospitals a hour or 2 away. After I get my RN, my expectation is to work in a small hospital for a few years and then maybe get some further education/certification and go to a larger hospital.
I keep hearing that "eventually they will require a BSN to work in a hospital." I'm wondering if I should start taking some extra pre-reqs toward BSN now.
I've also been entertaining the thought of getting my EMT certification and doing that on the side/volunteer to get my feet wet in emergency/trauma and to satisfy my need for the adrenaline rush. (The nursing home is making me restless....and crazy.)
This coming summer will be my last free summer before clinicals. I can either 1)take it off entirely, 2) do EMT classes, or 3) take summer classes toward BSN. I also have a part-time job, a husband (who is a business owner and a volunteer firefighter), and 2 boys ages 4 and 8.......
I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this! What would you do?