Hi I graduated with my BSN 2001. I am know pursing my master's degree. Some people have told me that I should work for a couple of years before returning to school. But I say why wait? I am 27 years old I do not have any children as of yet and feel I should continue with school while I am able. I am just curious to read other thoughts about this?
Dec 4, '02
I worked for a staff nurse for 2 years, then got my Master's (went full time, without working while in school). It worked out fine for me. I was a NICU CNS for 10 years. Then I went back to school for a PhD. Since then, I have taught a little, and done more NICU CNS stuff. Now, I am in a hospital job that is partly staff development and partly administrative -- working on nursing shortage issues, serving as liaison to local schools of nursing, coordinating our student nurse extern program -- and generally helping out the hospital's chief nurse executive.
I think the important thing is that you get both academic book learning and also clinical experience. Both teach you valuable things. However, whether you get that clinical experience before, during, or immediately after graduate school doesn't matter nearly as much as the effort you make to get the most learning out of both types of experiences. Also, it's critical to keep learning throughout your career. It's when you think you are "done" and "know it all" that you become dangerous!
Last edit by llg on Dec 4, '02