Hey everyone! I've been reading these boards for a while now but have finally decided to get on and participate myself after seeing how helpful these forums are for so many people!
I'm a 26yo male with a BS in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, 2008. I've been working in biotech for the past 3 years and decided this year that I'd like to pursue nursing. Four months ago, I started volunteering as a Patient Care Liaison on a telemetry/stroke floor at a local hospital (this is non-medical, ensuring patients are comfortable, listening to their stories, getting water/blankets) to get a feel for hospital life. Many of my prereqs were done in undergrad, however some classes I'm taking again because I didn't have labs with them. Anyways, our company got laid off with perfect timing for me to go back to school full time starting in the Fall to complete my classes.
The A/P series I'm taking is 3 quarters, so I'm stuck in school for at least that long. Instead of busting the other classes out in the first quarter (interpersonal comm, microbio, nutrition), I spread them out over three quarters as well. This gave me enough time in my schedule to add the 3 quarter EMT course! Spring quarter 2013 ends June 28th, which would set me up nicely for applications. The trouble I'm having is deciding whether I should use that EMT cert and work for a year PRIOR TO applying, or apply with it as an additional skill set...
The second trouble I'm having is deciding which path to take. I'd like to get into critical care, namely the ED, but I'm looking at Master's Entry Programs which require you to select a specialty pre-admission and I'm not sure which specialty to select. The alternative is to do an accelerated BSN program and then sometime later get a masters. All things considered, I'd love to stay in CA.
I really appreciate any words of wisdom you'd be wiling to share!