IMO, making the notoriously difficult and stressful transition from nursing student to practicing nurse is difficult enough by itself without also starting a new degree program at the same time.
Also, plenty of people start and/or finish nursing school
sure that they know what specialty they want to pursue only to find, after they've been in Nursing World for a while, that they're more interested in something else entirely. Most people are entirely unaware of the vast array of career paths and roles available within nursing until they're in nursing. I've known a few people (and I'm sure the fe individuals I've known personally are not the only
people who've ended up in this situation) who either entered nursing through a direct-entry MSN program or rushed into grad school right after basic nursing school who ended up finding out, after
they had acquired an expensive graduate degree and the career path to go with it (and student loans to pay for it), that they didn't like doing
what the degree had prepared them to do
. Graduate degrees in nursing, unlike "regular" nursing school, pretty much lock you into a specific professional role/path. I think it's a mistake to commit to a particular role in nursing until you've really had an opportunity to see what all is "out there" and whether you really like, in real life, what you thought
you would like before you got any actual experience.
And plenty of us do
go back to school later -- I went to grad school years after I first graduated and got licensed (when I got to the point that I felt I had done all I could do as a staff nurse in my specialty, and moving into advanced practice was the next obvious step).