Question - Should I get my FNP or other Master degree at my age and experience level even if it's free??
I'm retired military, my GI bill runs out in Oct 2016, I've been an LPN since 2009 and I graduate with my second Bachelors degree (BSN) in Dec 2013 and I'll have just turned 47 at that time. Am I too old, too new to being an RN and too soon/too late to go for another degree? It's basically free as my GI pays for it, but I'll have to work full time as I'm doing my BSN via a full paid scholarship to save my GI bill money for a Masters degree.
I'm under contract with the VA health care system for 3 years as an RN and it'll be hard trying to go to school for a Masters or DNP in FNP. Should I get my FNP, a masters in another nursing related field or another field or should I just be content with where I'm at in this stage of life?
I'd hate to pass on a free masters degree, but is it worth the effort at 47 yo? Anyone else get their masters late in life? Is it worth it? Would you do it again? What if it were free, but you had to work full time??
p.s. My LPN experience has been 1 yr med/surg as an staff nurse and the remaining time spent in ER & Urgent Care setting.