I'll be graduating with my BSN from University of Maryland this December and I'm trying to decide where I want to start my career. For a while now, I've been very interested in the Critical Care/Trauma Nurse Internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas
. From what I've heard, I'll get absoulutely the best training available in critical care at Parkland, which will be very beneficial in attaining my career goal of CRNA. However, I will have to wait for the program to start in August 2007 (and that's assuming that I get accepted into the program) and commit 1.5 years to the hospital after the 6 month course. Lately, I've gotten very interested in the Army (and the military in general). I like the leadership/management experience that Army nurses get. Though I want to be an expert clinician, I'd like to be doing more than just taking care of patients (even as a CRNA) in 20 years. I was an Eagle Scout as a kid and I've always liked being in charge, earning rank and respect, etc; I would take a lot of pride in wearing our country's uniform! All the perks of the military are nice too (free healthcare, opportunities for free education, etc). I'm young and single, but I worry about "signing my life away" and missing the prime of my life!
I'd appreciate advice from anyone who has been in similar situations...especially those of you who've considered both Parkland and military service!