As the title says, I'm thinking about going back to school. I graduated with my BSN in May of 2017 and have been working full time since. I worked in post-op Ortho with Med Surg overflow and now I'm working full time in an acute inpatient rehab. I absolutely love rehab. All of my nursing experience is with the adult population.
I want to go back and get my MSN. I'm leaning towards doing the ACNP route because I have no experience working with children and do not desire to treat that population. Don't get me wrong, I love kiddos and want my own in the future, but I just don't have an interest in pediatrics or anything like that. Which is why I don't really want to do FNP, unless I can get in somewhere that only sees adults.
I'm also looking at the financial aspect of things. I currently have $10k in student loan debt from my BSN that I have started paying on, and my payments are $102 a month. The hospital I work at will pay up to $5,250 a year in educational reimbursement. I want to avoid going into any more debt if at all possible, but in order to do that I would have to hope I get some scholarships
and completely wipe out my savings account and start over.
Do you guys think I should take out some smalls loans and utilize my hospital's reimbursement and apply for scholarships to help me, or do you think I should use the hospital's reimbursement and my savings to pay for school?