I am looking for some advice from nurses out there.
I have a Masters (MSc) in Psychology (research not clinical) and I am working right now doing assessments in a pediatric hospital autism program.
I have applied to 2 programs for the fall
1) Accelerated Nursing programs (applied to both BSc and MSc direct entry programs)
2) PhD in Population Health (research in child obesity and physical activity)
They are obviously 2 very different programs and appeal to me for different reasons. I am torn between the 2 programs.
Nursing excites me, but I am also worried that I dont know what I am getting myself into with respect to handling the stress and shift work. Also, it would somewhat be starting new for me, whereas with the phD I would be building from the education I already have.
In my current job, I spend about half my time with children and families and the other half at my desk writing reports. Although I find I get anxious when first going to greet parents for the first time, I interact well with people and enjoy the kids. On the other hand, I like that I get a break to myself at my desk. I realize that nursing would be "hands on" all the time vs. a PhD, I would spend alot of time writing alone at my desk.
I am passionate about nursing, but afraid that I will get into it not knowing what it is truly like. I don't want to regret my decision, either route I take.
I would really appreciate any advice!