The great thing about nursing is that there are so many opportunities and directions I can go, and I am very thankful for that..but I have no idea which path is for me, yet. I will be graduating in August with my BSN, and plan on going back to school for my masters within the next 5-10 years (but I don't have the experience to tell you what I want my masters in).
My question is, what is the best thing to do after graduating with a BSN if you aren't quite sure where you want to end up? I have talked to every person I come into contact with and brainstormed:
-needing ICU experience right off the bat so every option is available to me
-a nurse residency program (especially to get into ICU) since I feel like I don't know AnYtHIng and feel like I need more education--but then I hear they are just using you as a form of cheap labor here and you are getting the same thing as normal orientation
-getting a job on a med-surg floor where I work as a NA/PCA now, just to get a good foundation of nursing experience and knowledge before moving on to something else
-is starting off as a float nurse a good idea for a new grad? If I could manage it, that is. It seems like that would be a good experience and help me to figure out what I like.
-any other options?
All in all I just want to be a good nurse. I know making mistakes is a part of learning and being young but I don't to make the wrong decision to start my life and career.