I am going to be starting nursing school
this Fall, and will be almost 40 years old when I finish my degree. I am planning on going to a University immediately to get my BSN...
My question is...
I know I am going to be getting a 20-year late start in my career...do any seasoned nurses have any advice on education or anything that I can get that might help me advance in my career, or special training that I need to be considering?
My current interests are trauma, NICU, Well-newborns, and flight nursing.
If anyone has any suggestions on possible career paths with these interests that will get me up there in salary, I would appreciate it!
Mar 21, '07
I agree w/Cookie102-- any nursing experience you can get will be helpful & you'll be that much further ahead of the other new grads. Real learning comes after graduation. I would even recommend working as a CNA in a hospital setting just to be around the areas of your interest. (I've also worked w/RNs w/EMT backgrounds, & they were awesome) In my experience there is a huge learning curve between people w/experience in a hospital environment & those w/out. Your assessment skills take time to hone, and only come w/experience in a variety of situations over a period of years. Given the choice of an experienced nurse or one w/a higher degree and no experience, most managers will opt for the experienced person.
Last edit by nickola on Mar 21, '07