This is my first post in the NICU section. I have always wanted to be a NICU nurse and I am having trouble deciding the best way to get there. Sorry to post in this forum, but I figure that you have all made it here so you would be the best to ask. I am 33 and already have a BA in Psychology(graduated in 1996) and an MBA (graduated in 2000). I had my second baby in January and it just lit the fire under me again to be a nurse. I'm driving my husband crazy about this, so I need other people to discuss it with. I have two decisions to make:
1) Second BSN or MSN direct entry? I can get into the ABSN without much problem, but the school is not as well respected (71% NCLEX pass rate) as the school that has the MSN degree (96% pass rate). I do eventually want to get my MSN, but it is very hard to get into and I have no idea what my chances are. There is another BSN option through the University of Oklahoma which is online (theory) and onsite clinical with a local hospital that is recognized by my bon. Now that I have 2 kids under 5, I'm just not sure how I will do in school and I don't want to ruin my chances of getting into an MSN program later (I have a 3.82 now). Just not sure what to do....any advice would be appreciated.
2) I have the ability to volunteer at a local hospital in the NICU or get an entry level part time clerical job in the NICU at our local children's hospital (I would eventually like to work in either one of the hospitals). Which one should I do? The money won't be great at the part time job, but it might get me into the unit I want to work. The volunteering on the other hand would make me feel like I am doing something to make a difference while being exposed to the unit and staff. What would you do?
I have volunteered in the NICU before (long time ago) and loved it. I know this is what I want to do, just want to make the best decisions to get there.
Thank you in advance for any input that you have.
29 weeker in 1974 and made it!