Quote from biwa
so I'm thinking I'll do 2 years of PC right after school, come back and get a year of experience, then go back to PC or apply to MSF.
What kind of experience are you thinking of? Do be aware that it can be difficult to get a clinical nursing job without experience if you've been out of school awhile. So if you are truly interested in clinical nursing, it would probably be a good idea to get a hospital nursing job right out of school. Many people consider that first year of work as one's final and most important year of nursing school
. Heck, even *with* experience, if one has been out of the hospital for several years and then decides to return, it can be difficult to be hired as facilities are generally wary of hiring nurses who haven't worked in that capacity for some time.
Keep in mind that a bulk of nursing education focuses on the acute care of patients in a modern, well-equipped hospital. And organizations that want licensed nurses (eg MSF) often want the hands-on, real-world clinical experience that the nurse brings, not just the background knowledge gained from a college degree. For most Peace Corp work and other community health work, a nursing license and clinical expertise *isn't* necessary. Thus, there may be other majors besides nursing that would suit your goals.
A nursing education does give an overview of the multitude of health issues across the life span and the BSN curriculum includes a public health rotation. So a nursing degree certainly has much to offer. And if you are interested in clinical nursing, a nursing license is a must! Just giving you some food for thought.
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