I am in the last mini-semester (summer...8 wks long) of my LPN program at my local community college. Other than 1 Med Surg class in which I got a C due to family issues, I have maintained a B average throughout (mostly low 90s as our program considers a 93-86 a B). I have enjoyed it, but I realized how much I love being a student, and have decided to continue on.
Here's my plan:
- Graduate from LPN with a 3.0 or better - Aug 09
- Start working (will work through remaining education)
- 1 semester of pre-reqs for my RN (thats all that I still need) - fin Dec 09
- Apply for the LPN to RN transition (hoping to get in the immediate next semester but not expecting to based on deadlines, there are possibly spots open but the devil is in the details here) - Starts Jan 2010 and Aug 2010
- Work on pre-reqs for my BSN/MSN while waiting to get into the RN program (which means I kind of have to figure out what BSN program to apply for before signing up for January classes)
- Apply for a BSN through an online college (thinking Eastern Carolina University which is about 5 hrs away but not 100% set on going there)
- Complete my BSN and apply to a Masters program - either Nurse Educator or Nurse Midwife specialty
- Graduate before I'm 40 (which would be October of 2016)
But here is where it gets confusing. I KNOW I want to teach nursing students, I love it, and I'm good at it (I tutor and have taught class as a project as well as providing training on custom software to businesses in my former life) and I see a real need for it. I think I would like midwifery (sans the birth politics if thats possible). I've always been very passionate about birth, but am concerned that may be a hinderance to me as an RN due to having to bite my tongue in seeing unnecessary interventions, but I digress. I do have small children at home (who will obviously no longer be small by the time I finish all of this unfortunately). I know that the benefit of the Nurse Educator path (both the work hours and the actual MSN program) are more family friendly than being on call for birth and doing the clinical portion of the MSN. I've also thought of getting my Nurse Educators MSN and then going back and getting my Midwifery later, but I also kinda feel like I'm starting late in the game, having started nursing school at 32 yrs old, and don't want to be in school until I retire. (I have been a student pretty much all of my life in one fashion or another).
My questions for those of you who've gone on to your BSN/MSN, is it better to go with a brick and mortar college that you walk into compared to taking online classes and local clinicals with a college a bit further away? Would you rather see an education major teaching Nursing or someone who had more hands on in a particular area of expertise? Neither of my instructors thus far have had any educational background and I really feel it shows, but at the same time, one of my teachers has way more clinical experience than the other, and that has shown as well.
Tell me how your school experience has gone for you? Is there anything you would do differently? Anything you would suggest I do? pitfalls to avoid? ect?