The expression "use it or lose it!" applies VERY strongly in nursing -- IMHO, it would be a v. serious mistake to finish nursing school and take a year off before trying to start practicing. You will forget large amounts of what you've learned, which is, after all, only the "tip of the iceberg" of what you need to know anyway -- most everyone now considers the first year or so of working after graduation/licensure to be a (vitally important) continuation of your nursing education, and, if you check some of the older threads here, most of us experienced RNs and educators discourage new grads from even working part-time
(as opposed to full-time) right after graduation for that reason. You just don't learn enough to make a good transition to practicing RN.
There are also many older threads here from people who "took a break" before starting practice and ended up never
getting a job -- the more time passed, the more inadequate and anxious they felt about getting started in practice and the more overwhelming it seemed. Granted, those threads are nothing like a representative or scientific sample, but they document that that phenomenon does
Also, whatever nurse recruiters may tell you in advance (if you contact them, as RNperdiem suggested, which I agree is a good idea), keep in mind that, as a person who's been out of school for quite a while before looking for a new grad position, you will likely be the least
desirable/competitive candidate for any particular job. New grads are already less desirable to hospitals and employers, in general, than experienced nurses, and you will be at a disadvantage (as a job candidate) compared to all the other new grads out there! I'm not saying you wouldn't be able to get a job, but you will be in a v. poor position to compete with other job candidates -- you would likely have a v. hard time getting a job that anyone else wanted
Since you ask
, IMHO, what you're suggesting would
be "professional suicide." In the long run, 20 years from now, is it going to make that much difference whether you had a baby six months or a year sooner or later?? I don't mean to sound harsh, only realistic
-- I think we are often too eager, in nursing, to tell people what they want to hear, and that is doing people a disservice. However, I would never presume to tell anyone else what s/he "should" do with her/his life -- there are far too many variables and considerations, and everyone's experience is unique. Only you can decide what is the best choice for you. Best wishes!