Hello people! I love this forum! What a godsend for us all.
Im a 3rd year student, very interested in a career in the OR. One thing which makes me doubt my decision is that I feel like there mightn't a future academically - for instance, if I chose psychiatric nursing (my 2nd choice) I would be able to continue my education, with a view to becoming a nurse practitioner or something... (I hated med/surg & wont be going there ever). My question is, have any OR nurses out there gained their masters & in what? What about a PhD? Is there a financial or career-path benefit to gaining further education when you work in the OR? Id especially be interested in an Australian perspective, as thats where Im headed for my new grad year. Im still leaning towards OR nursing because I figure its easier to travel the world with OR experience than psychiatric nursing - and I plan to travel!
I would really appreciate some insight. Thanks ppl.