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Ask Charisse: “Should I work as an RN first and bond with my pre-schooler before starting NP school?”

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Ask Charisse: “Should I work as an RN first and bond with my pre-schooler before starting NP school?”

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Dear Charisse, I am a single mother of a four year old and finishing up my BSN degree. Should I work for a while after graduation and bond with my child before starting NP school or should I go right away?

First, allow me to congratulate your major accomplishments! Nursing school is not easy and neither is parenting a pre-schooler.

Often we feel pressured or in a hurry to complete our advanced studies right away. It is a very healthy choice to take a well deserved planned rest between education advancement. In the meantime, you will gain invaluable work experience as you apply your new-found theory to real-life clinical!

I suggest you spend the next year bonding with your pre-schooler and jump start your work experience to apply your nursing knowledge and hone your skills for the next 12-18 months. This is the amount time most NP programs require to be eligible to enter their programs. This valuable time will allow you to witness and support your child’s growth and maturity before he or she transitions to kindergarten. You can continue to obtain gain hands-on experience to add to your NP application when the time is right. I wish you well!