i'm 26 years old. right now i am about to start a concurrent associate/bsn program that will take about 2 years. after that i plan to work for about 2 -3 years before starting graduate school. honestly, i want to go to graduate school for the dnp because i want more control over decisions made for the patient, i want to make more of a difference in the nursing world, and i also want to make more money (dnp degree isn't cheap so this should be a motivation). i don't want to be under someone's thumb when it comes to making decisions for a plan of care (although there is always a boss no matter what). i have talked to other classmates that want more education only so they can "skip" the bedside work as an rn and go straight to the higher paying positions. i believe everyone has to start at the bottom and work there way up, i mean isn't that how you gain respect from your peers and subordinates???
this is exactly why i decided to do the cna course before starting ns, not only for the experience but i want to know what cna's go through on a daily basis so when it is time for me to delegate, i will have a better perspective. some of my friends discouraged me because they say it is "dirty work", i just think our society is "how can i make the most money, be most respected, and have the nicest material things, faster than anyone else??"
what about passion for nursing and making a difference in our generation?? what about furthering the nursing profession and making it stronger and more respected than it is right now???
i just don't get it..... when i meet other students that say "i want to go to nursing school so i can make a lot of money but i don't want to do the nasty stuff" i always tell them
"really? do you even give a crap about patient care? maybe you should change majors, try real estate or something......" lol
sorry for the long post but as a current student that feels passionate about nursing, this stuff just ticks me off....