I just wanted to introduce myself to you all and ask a few questions at the same time
. First off I am 22 years old and I currently just hold an AA, but am hoping to start earing my BSN in the summer. I have really been debating between nursing and dental hygiene, and the big reason is the hours of work. I want to help people, at the same time I would like to have more opportunities to do things outside of work on the weekends, with family and such. That brings me to my first question.
Do all RN's have the same work schedule? I know in hospital there are 12 hour shifts, what about RN's working outside of hospitals? Are there any 9-5 type shifts? Would I be able to have some free-time outside of work to spend time with loved ones?
My next question has to deal with mental-health. I am very interested in this field and I am pondering on specializing is it. I think the term is PMHNP? In order to do this I would go on to get my masters, correct? Would I have to take a year between getting my BSN before getting my masters? Would there be fields in which I could have a pretty steady schedule?
Thanks so much for reading my post! I am looking forward getting to know you all and reading your responses