I am planning on beginning my pre-req courses in January so that I can start an accelerated BSN program around Spring of 2013. I already have a bachelor's degree but I have never worked in health care. Also, my potential plan is to go back to graduate school for nurse anesthesia after I graduate and have a few years of ICU experience.
I would like to get some experience in the field before starting my accelerated BSN program, but I am unsure what to do. For one I think it would be a great thing for me to do and another I know that the accelerated programs I will be applying to are pretty competitive and having some prior health care experience is a big plus.
The two things I have been thinking about are doing nurse assistant or EMT training. I know nurse assistant is the most common choice for people who want to then go into nursing, but EMT sounds more appealing for me personally.
Also, I want to do something that would potentially make me more prepared to be in an ICU after nursing school because that is my eventual goal.
So what do you all think? Would one of these be a better choice based on my career goals? Are there any other options I am possibly overlooking?
Thanks in advance for the help!