Thanks for all the great info. The part about having to go full time is the possible no go for me. Do I understand correctly that you are going full time and working full time? Let me know how it goes, if you get time.
I will be curious to see how it all works out. I know I won't be pulling any overtime while I'm in the program. I was under the impression from Ken at one point that part time was an option though... hmmm
I am not in Iowa, but am only in Nebraska. I wouldn't mind doing research, though clinical anywhere but the local Tyson chicken factory would be good too. Though I am going to continue with the application process for now I guess I won't know if I am along for the ride until I have an offer in hand. Make that decision when I come to it.
There are a lot of young squirts working on PhDs and DNPs. I think that they like making the big decisions and not doing the full patient care thing. The BSN program I went to is really pushing the DNP. I am pretty sure that if I was back at San Diego City they would barely be telling new ASNs to get a BSN let alone a DNP. It's all relative to locale at some point.
What do you want to do with your occupational health? Do you feel like it will give you a lot of options. I was reading through a few threads a month or so back, and though some were more than a year old, nurses already in OHN seemed insecure about job prospects.
Where are you in California? I've lived in San Diego, Petaluma, and multiple towns in Mendocino county.
Good luck with your studies. I am very curios how you balance work and a full time MSN program. It you find it do-able I will be more encouraged to take it on. MY BSN was accelerated... that was a year of life gone and 15 pounds on the bod... all puffy from the stress and no exercise. Hope you fair better!
Stay in touch lynnR_98. Good luck!