Hi! I'm a newly licensed nurse, set to start my first job as an RN in a Pennsylvania hospital facility on a medical-oncology unit. Eventually I plan to go back to school for nurse practitioner, with a focus on FNP. I'm looking for advice to maximize my real-world experience, be as attractive to FNP programs as I possibly can, and just general advice to prepare myself.
I would absolutely want a year or two of experience under my belt prior to applying to programs, both because I'd want experience before starting something more advanced, and because most programs require experience. I previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, so the BSN was my 2nd degree. I'd like to get married and start a family, but not until I'm finished with school, which is why I'm looking for tips to maximize my time preparing to enter the last phase of my educational goals.
I look forward to your input!