I just graduated from a BSN program, but I am an older student (50) with three children. I am starting to worry about working in a hospital because I don't want to work on holidays or nights, mainly because my parents are older and I just don't want to miss special time with them. I don't know how much longer I have with them. I worry that I won't get enough experience if I don't work in a hospital, which makes sense, but i'm trying to weigh that against time left with my parents. I have always wanted to be a nurse and everyone keeps telling me I really need to start in a hospital, but i'm wondering if there are other nurses who haven't worked in a hospital setting and how it has worked out for them.