I am currently enlisted as a FMF Corpsman with a little less than a year left on my contract. I've worked 3 years in a military ER and spent 2 with the Marines. I've decided that I loved trauma medicine and the hands on care that nurses provide. My question is, what would be the best route for obtaining a nursing degree? Any advice or personal experience would be greatly appreciated.
Again, you have to remember, this is simply based on the research that I did before deciding on my path. I have no doubt there are people here who will tell you that they made it into ER/trauma without a BSN. However, in the research that /I/ did (which was no means all encompassing) that seemed to be the exception rather than the rule.
Again, with the choice of schools, you're asking another question that is full of opinions and controversy. Some people will swear that the school makes a difference and others will swear that it makes no difference. I am of the opinion that it makes no difference, though I am attending a fairly well known program (and therefore more expensive program). However my reasons are personal and not because I'm after the school name for my resume. Instead it has to do with the length of the program and other more personal factors such as having family near the program and the ability to get into the program.
Again, this is only my opinion and no matter who you ask, you'll get a different answer. My best suggestion is the same as before. Sit down and do your own research and take everyone's opinion (including mine) with a grain of salt. Research positions, research and try to ask questions of current nurses in the field you are interested in (so in your case, try to find nurses who work at lvl 1 trauma centers - try posting in the Emergency room section of the nursing specialties and indicate you are looking for input from nurses currently working in a lvl 1 trauma center). Finally, if you know you are interested in working at a specific hospital or group of hospitals, research and ask questions of them specifically. Also use the search function here to try to simply gather information/opinions to help you form your own. It's a pretty good bet that if you have a question about what you should do or a program, then someone else has had the same question and you'll find an existing post (or a hundred
) chock full of advice that can help you to make up your own mind.
Last edit by Ardneth on Jun 13, '11