I want to learn from your experience. Those of you who have your NP or CNS, as well as those who have their sites set on a masters degree, your input is especially appreciated. I am most interested in your success and regrets.
I find myself on the brink of entering the woods and am choosing a path. I can take the long straight path, though all uphill, that will take me directly toward my ultimate goal of becoming an NP, or, I have the option to power through to a BSN, hopefully find an "in" in this very limited CA bay area job market, and follow through with a masters later.
My considerations can be broken down into two main concerns:
The first is the job market and how my chances for getting into a position as a RN with no degree (ELMSN) will affect my ability to work. I have heard from a few friends and family going through programs that they have had no luck getting interviews much less jobs without their BSN, putting them in the precarious position of going through with their masters with no experience hence, lacking the experience for the job market. I also hear that the climate is such that is does not matter much to have a BSN, as around here there is no market for new grads, so why not stay in school and hope things are better in a few years. I know none of you can predict the future, but I would love to hear your thoughts of the current new grad climate as it pertains to BSN vs MSN seeking RNs.
The second is about how difficult it may be to go back to school if I take the accelerated BSN route and start getting that desirable paycheck, the regular schedule and time off for the kids. I know there are those of you out there who understand the pull between raising young children and making a change to provide for their futures. How did you manage your own balancing act of parent/student/nurse? This is where I am perhaps in the most conflict. I don't want to stop short of my goal, at the same time, I need to find a way to still be mom, and a sane one at that.