I am recently finishing up a Entry Level Masters Program and graduating in a few weeks and will be taking the NCLEX really soon. I was very excited to get out there and work, however I received the opportunity to attend a PhD Nursing program, starting this summer, which I accepted because I really enjoy nursing research.
However, I still have a lot of loans from my ELM program plus I want to get my experience as a new nurse. The PhD program discourages anybody working because of the heavy workload so I wanted to work in a nursing specialty that wouldn't be so stressful and difficult to handle while I am in school for the next four years. I do love Psych and wanted to work in a Psych facility part time, but many people, including current nurses, have discouraged me from this field, saying I won't get my necessary acute care experience and it's a lot more stressful than what it looks. I have a current offer for a rehab position as an RN in a hospital, but I am hesitant because I will be stressed and I am unsure it is the best choice. I am also discouraged to get a job as a case manager because some nurses say I don't have enough experience.
I am confused at this point and spend several hours on this website, reading posts and debating what I should do. I am sorry for this long post but I would love to have any one's input on what I should do or if I should even attempt to work. Thank you for reading and hope to hear any advice soon.
Yay for research!!!