I am 18 years old and a freshman in a community college. I would like to be a labor and delivery nurse someday.
I am planning on getting my ADN while in nursing school. When I graduate with that, I want to work for about six months. After I save money to go back to school to get my BSN, I would do a fast track program in order to get my MSN.
Is that a smart move, or should I do my ADN and then start working part time in the medical field to get experience. While I am working part time, I would do my BSN and then take a break. After that break (2-4 yrs), I would go and get my MSN.
Thank you so much for your question. I think you plan is a terrific plan and highly encourage you to go ahead and do the first option. Many nurses I know have done this, and it turned out great for them. They are now working as nurse practitioners. I personally wouldn’t take a break (the 2-4 yr break you were talking about in your second option) because since you are young it is a great time to get it done and over with. If you go straight through you would be 25 years old and have all of that already over with. Wow, that is awesome! Most 25 year old are still trying to figure out their career.
Labor and delivery is a great field to go into and the nurses seem to absolutely love their job. I highly suggest you try to get your “foot” in the door now. Try to get a job as a nursing assistant, clerical, or whatever they have available on a labor and delivery floor while you are in school. This way you will have a great chance of getting a RN position after you graduate. Labor and delivery is a highly competitive field so you want to do everything you can to secure a job after graduation.
I highly suggest you check out my YouTube channel and subscribe to it. I talk about nursing school, what to expect, demonstrate nursing skills, new nurse tips, teaching tutorials etc. Below I’ve posted a video for you about what a labor and delivery nurse does since you are interested in that field.
Thanks again for your question and I hope I helped. I wish you much success! I look forward to hearing from you on YouTube 🙂