I started on a med-surg floor (nights) and I was only there for 10 months, I would get anxiety from the moment i exited the ramp to the hospital and to top that, the unit where I was hired was frequently closed due to low census , so I would get floated to other medical floors (cardiac, Surgical, med/oncology). I attended a job fair and at another hospital and I it was between cardiac floor or gyn/postpartum. I went with gyn/postpartum and loved it, some of my coworkers would complain at times, but I would always remind them at least we werent on a med/surg floor. Unfortunately, I had some problems in my marriage , working 8 hour night shifts didnt help the situation , so I gave up my position when I was offered a job as a school nurse. I eventually wanted to do school nursing , but didnt think after 2 years of nursing I would end up there. I enjoyed working as a school nurse but I still want more clinical exposure. Currently I'm self employed, my husband have a food business, but its rocky and I'm probably going back to work soon, just don't know what I want to do, but I'm sure God will find a place for me, so I'm not worried!
Remember your health and your family is of most importance. And your happiness of course! Some things to think about: If you want to advance your degree, is the NP route the best for you ? there are other graduate programs/routes for nurses, and how soon do you plan on returning to school?
Good luck with your decision.