I am a 25-year-old career-changer (it's funny to pretend that I've even had a career at this point) beginning prerequisite courses for direct entry BSN to MSN programs. I studied Architecture as an undergrad at Yale, and have worked in the tech world for the past few years. I'm still trying to figure out what specialty is the best fit for me, but right now I'm leaning toward a CNM/FNP dual focus, though there aren't too many of those programs out there.
Currently, I am volunteering as a birth doula with the San Francisco General Hospital Volunteer Doula Program and am working as a "personal attendant" for a quadraplegic woman -- I don't know if this is the proper title. Maybe home health aide? I have no formal training or certification as a home health aide, but the woman prefers to train her own attendants. I'm also coordinating birth doula trainings for the woman who taught my training (this isn't a medical role, obviously)
My questions are as follows: in addition to the current positions I described above, would it be wise for me to pursue some sort of certification (CNA, Home Health Aide, Hospital Aide, etc) before nursing school so I can get my proverbial foot in the door of the medical world? I've heard that getting an RN or NP position straight out of school is challenging, and I'm worried that I'll need to have had some sort of experience in a medical setting.
What are your thoughts and/or experiences?