I will be graduating soon from a BSN program. I am trying to start thinking about my future NOW. I know that I am capable of going on to further education, and I think this is something I want. I don't want to get out, work a few years, and then go back. Because of my age I think I'll be better off working and going straight into some kind of advanced practice program. I guess I want some advice from people who have done it-what has been successful and what hasn't been? Is it possible to work and go to graduate school? What is the best (in your opinion) degree to get for the money, job availability and job satisfaction? I know this is a very personal decision and I really appreciate any input. Thanks
Apr 16, '07
The best job to get is the one that focuses on what you like. And honestly, you won't know where your interests and talents lie until you work a while. Your first year as a nurse is a whole new education in itself. You will realize how little nursing school has taught you, in terms of practical experience. I just finished my first year in nursing, and I was shocked at how underprepared I was. I would never go to school while I was also trying to learn how to be a "real" nurse! You'll be learning way more than you did in nursing school, so your brain will not have a lot of room left over for more classes.
Really, what's the rush in getting an advanced degree? You're not even done with your bachelors yet. Just get through your first few years of nursing until you can become competent, and then go on from there. There's nothing wrong with investigating options and different paths, but I wouldn't move on anything until you've got the basics down. And, I started nursing in my 30's, but I still don't plan on pursuing an advanced degree for probably 5 years or so. I personally wouldn't feel qualified, or like I've seen enough to call myself an advanced nurse. I want to be one of those advance degree nurses who can develop policies, but also jump in there and start a tough IV, or use experience to troubleshoot a pt's unusual symptoms. Those are the types of nurses I admire!
Last edit by anne74 on Apr 16, '07