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So where do you see yourself in 10 years? This question leaves me to ponder.....

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by adrienurse adrienurse, LPN (Member)

I was asked this question by my supervisor last night. 5 years ago I'd have said heck yeah I'm going back to school so I can advance myself in this profession. Well I tried that. I tried taking pre-masters courses and failed stats (a prerequisite to any masters of nursing program) because I was trying to work full time shiftwork at the same time. So that discouraged me more than a little.

Now in my search for balance in life I've made that decision that my homelife is the thing that I should be about what I am and this is what I will nurture instead of my career. Being all about my work is just no at all good for my sanity because there is just so little in it that I have control over.

So is this just giving up or is ths growing up and facing up to reality. Is that what self-preservation is?

So I'm getting married and want a lot of things -- only few of which I can realistically accomplish. First and formost I want children. I want to pounce on the opportunity being given to me to go to europe in 2009. I want to own a house. I want to find a better area of nursing -- and take extra training to do this if needed.

Well that's my life right now at 30.

ICRN2008, BSN, RN

Specializes in Infection Preventionist/ Occ Health. Has 5 years experience.

In ten years I hope to be working part-time as an NP and spending more time with my family. I also hope to travel and do volunteer work.

I used to think that a career was the be all and end all of life. However, as I get older I am beginning to appreciate that my family and friends fulfill me more than any job ever could.

Joe NightingMale, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med surg, cardiac, case management. Has 4 years experience.

I was asked this question by my supervisor last night. 5 years ago I'd have said heck yeah I'm going back to school so I can advance myself in this profession. Well I tried that. I tried taking pre-masters courses and failed stats (a prerequisite to any masters of nursing program) because I was trying to work full time shiftwork at the same time. So that discouraged me more than a little.

Now in my search for balance in life I've made that decision that my homelife is the thing that I should be about what I am and this is what I will nurture instead of my career. Being all about my work is just no at all good for my sanity because there is just so little in it that I have control over.

So is this just giving up or is ths growing up and facing up to reality. Is that what self-preservation is?

So I'm getting married and want a lot of things -- only few of which I can realistically accomplish. First and formost I want children. I want to pounce on the opportunity being given to me to go to europe in 2009. I want to own a house. I want to find a better area of nursing -- and take extra training to do this if needed.

Well that's my life right now at 30.

I don't think it's giving up. I suspect that as we age and gain experience, our goals change in light of new information. As long as we're open to learning new things about ourselves, I believe our lives can grow and become more meaningful, even if it's not in the direction we thought.

Who knows what will happen to me when NS starts....I'm not ready to predict what will happen in 1 year, much less 10...

In 10 years I will be pulling my hair out because I will have THREE teenage girls in the house!! :lol2:

No, really I think that it will be a time for me to enjoy my life because my kids will be getting older and life at home will less hectic than it is now. I am not sure if I will be in the same job or not. Right now I am fine with it but you never know.......so.......I do want to go back and persue my Bachelor's Degree and then who knows what else. But that will have to wait until the kiddies are a little older.

Quickbeam, BSN, RN

Specializes in Government.

I'll be a year from retirement from my community health job.

OP, don't beat yourself up about graduate school. At my school, we were told if we didn't each pursue our MSN we were letting down nursing. I was a career changer and the prospect of another degree program weighed heavy on my mind. Now, 20+years later, I find I've had an amazing career, doing whatever I want, hampered not one bit by my lack of an MSN. I also found I had zero desire to plunk down a lot of cash for something that didn't meet my needs.

It depends on what you want to do. Maybe I've wrestled every possible opportunity from my BSN, I don't know. If there is something that you really want to do that requires an MSN, go for it. Just don't beat yourself up. Enjoy your family.

Great question! On a professional level, in 10 years, I would like to be back in school working on my PhD (my ultimate goal). As far as my personal life is concerned, I hope to have children by then.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

You are way ahead of me when I was your age. I think you are right where you need to be now. The next time you should respond to "where do you want to be in 10 years" with "still being the best nurse I can be".

You might consider getting a certification (if you do't have one already), being a preceptor or participating (not just joining) a committee in your facility. Working to make things better makes you better too.

BBFRN, BSN, PhD

Specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research. Has 15 years experience.

10 years from now, I will have my PhD, and will be doing research at MUSC in Charleston, SC (hopefully). DH and I love Charleston, so we plan to move there in 5 years.

in 10 yrs, i plan on having my msn and being a palliative care np.

i also want to buy a home on the ocean, in maine.

leslie

JBudd, MSN

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

My last kid will be graduating from college (at least she'd better be!). My last mortagage payments will be going in. My masters will be long completed. I'll be a black belt (it'll likely take that long, lol).

I'll be free to go back to India (there's a hospital I want to work in), travel where ever, maybe get a motorcycle and just bum around the roads of the US for awhile.

I'm hoping my knees will last until that, in the ER. :lol2:

DutchgirlRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN. Has 33 years experience.

In 10 years I hope to still be working in outpatient radiology,

I will be 62 years old. As soon as I'm eligible for Medicare it's

retirement for me baby!!

psalm, RN

Specializes in Staff nurse.

In 10 years I will have been a nurse for 15 years and hopefully be going on short term missions helping wherever needed...a grandmother (please, Lord!)...grayer...smarter...and wiser, but not a wise-guy!

RNDreamer

Specializes in acute care.

10 years from now??? Hmm, if all goes well, 3 years from now I will be a new nurse. During the 7 years after that, I want to get married and have at least one child...and just enjoy motherhood (can't wait!)...At the 10 year mark, I hope to be working on a Master's degree. I know I definitely want to consider getting a nursing education degree or certificate (which ever it is, I don't know, sorry) that would allow me to teach in nursing schools should I ever get tired of working with patients.

I also want to pursue becoming either a CRNA or NNP, but can't decide which yet.

DutchgirlRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN. Has 33 years experience.

I know I definitely want to consider getting a nursing education degree or certificate (which ever it is, I don't know, sorry) that would allow me to teach in nursing schools should I ever get tired of working with patients.

Your avatar is hysterical!

Check into the salary for a nursing instructor, gees...it's really low. I would love to teach nursing but not willing to give up 1/2 of what I currently make. I think CRNA or NNP would be a much wiser choice if you want to further your education.

RNDreamer

Specializes in acute care.

Thanks! Oh, I am definitely aware that the salary is so low, am I'm actually disapointed since I thought college profs made a good salary (my biology prof made it seem like he was raking in the dough)...anyway, I always think "what if?" What if something were to happen (Goodness Forbid) that would physically prevent me from working in a hospital? I would still want to be able to do something related to nursing.

As far as the other two choices, I REALLY would prefer to be a NNP, but have yet to see any openings in NYC for one...(I see "NP", but not necessarily "NNP", so it looks like I make be pursuing CRNA. I guess I'll see where life takes me.

Your avatar is hysterical!

Check into the salary for a nursing instructor, gees...it's really low. I would love to teach nursing but not willing to give up 1/2 of what I currently make. I think CRNA or NNP would be a much wiser choice if you want to further your education.

suanna

Specializes in Post Anesthesia. Has 30 years experience.

I've got 5 years till I can draw my pension at 50%. I hope in ten to be sitting quietly in front of the T.V. watching STARGATE SG1 reruns and getting fat and jolly. Unfortunately I'll have no health ins for 15years so I'll prob still be working somewhere but not Acute Care.

NurseyBaby'05, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro/Med-Surg/Oncology.

I was asked this question by my supervisor last night. 5 years ago I'd have said heck yeah I'm going back to school so I can advance myself in this profession. Well I tried that. I tried taking pre-masters courses and failed stats (a prerequisite to any masters of nursing program) because I was trying to work full time shiftwork at the same time. So that discouraged me more than a little.

Now in my search for balance in life I've made that decision that my homelife is the thing that I should be about what I am and this is what I will nurture instead of my career. Being all about my work is just no at all good for my sanity because there is just so little in it that I have control over.

So is this just giving up or is ths growing up and facing up to reality. Is that what self-preservation is?

So I'm getting married and want a lot of things -- only few of which I can realistically accomplish. First and formost I want children. I want to pounce on the opportunity being given to me to go to europe in 2009. I want to own a house. I want to find a better area of nursing -- and take extra training to do this if needed.

Well that's my life right now at 30.

I don't see what you're doing as giving up. It's easy to stay in school mode and get degree after degree, but sometimes you have to be a student of life too. You may need to work and live your life for a few years and then you'll be ready to go back. Nobody says you have to have all of your degrees by a certain age. No experience you gain while on the job will be wasted. A friend of mine keeps applying to CRNA school, but he only has slightly above the minimun job experience required. He got turned down and I think lack of experience was a factor.

I eventually will finish my BSN and MSN, but since I will probably be working for at least thirty more years, I have plenty of time. Nursing is only one part of my life, not all of it.

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