I am a very conflicted nursing student. I am entering my final semester of my undergraduate degree in nursing (BSN). I am currently working for a hospital near where I live and am being hired in as an RN once I graduate. I am 100% sure that I want to go back to school and get my graduate degree. I am 90% sure that I want to be an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. My question for all of you is if I should practice as an RN for a few years or begin getting my degree now while I am still willing? Here is a list of pros and cons I can think of. Please feel free to add and tell me your opinion!
Pros for going to graduate school now:
1. I am willing, young, have the energy, have no kids, and have hardly any other responsibilities besides my dog.
2. I will be working as an RN full time while I go back to school part time to get my graduate degree, so I will be getting experience as I go to school for about 3 years.
1. What if I change my mind about what kind of nurse practitioner I want to be?
2. Will going back to school make my transition into nursing harder?
3. Am I too young to make this decision? (I am 21)
4. I am already pretty burned out on schooling
Please feel free to leave your opinions, I am very open to any suggestions you may have. My fear is that if I don't go back now and do it, I never will.