I'm a '2nd career' student about to graduate with my BSN in a couple weeks. Prior to nursing school, I worked as a child life specialist for 8 years in an inpatient pediatric hospital. I'm currently trying to decide whether to take a job as an RN in the a NICU, or another job in a transitional care/rehab pediatric hospital.... or continue full-time into the PNP program. Like many posters, I'm fearful I won't be able to find a job as a PNP without RN experience...however some people have said my experience in child life could help defray that 'inexperience' a bit. I totally understand why people say you should get nursing experience to be a PNP; however I'm older and feel like time is of the essence to keep progressing toward my original goal of being a PNP.
I'm just very torn as to how to proceed.
The NICU job has an insanely awful schedule (ie. working 26-27 days a month) and I'm not sure my personal life (and mental wherewithal) can take that hit right now....however it would be great experience.
The transitional care hospital would be less intense, however many nurses who work there told me I wouldn't be as 'challenged' intellectually.
Or I could continue with school full-time, but then I worry I won't be able to find a job as an NP.....and then of course there's also the risk I wouldn't be able to back track and find a job as an RN either. (part time school really isn't an option because there's a good chance I will have to move in a couple years and wouldn't be finished the program)
Any thoughts? For whatever reason I'm having a really hard time with this...