Monday, December 09, 2013

my pursuit of nursing: back to the books

I used to believe my life needed to be balanced. But for as long as I can recall, this goal has been difficult if not impossible to achieve. I remember days in graduate school where I would leave the house at 6am and not return until 10pm, and in that time I would have studied while I rode the train to the city, crammed down a quick breakfast at my pre-dawn desk, worked a full time job, raced to crew practice to coach nine lively 14-year-old girls, and attended night school. I laugh when I consider the load I had to tote with me--books, a change of clothes, and three meals!

My grad school schedule might sound ludicrous; however, when I look back at that era now, seven years later, I am struck by just how much fun it was. I have never been more alive as when learning new skills. I got as much as I gave out of that life as a student, and the imbalance of it taught me an important life lesson going into motherhood.

Yes, balance is impossible, but fortunately it's also no longer my goal. The new achievement I strive for in my life is to learn from my experiences and never become complacent. I hope to learn new skills every year, such as my doula training last spring and my childbirth education training this spring.

I accept the prudent advice of those who came before as much as I can; when I say, "Oh but I'll be almost 40 by the time I'm done if I go back to school," those people say, "You'll be that old by then anyway." That little nugget of wisdom is why I am considering going back to school to get an advanced nursing degree.

My 18-year-old sister informs me these desks are "ancient" because they lack a personal plug for electronics. SCARY.

Nursing school isn't a new goal for me. I have in fact completed prerequisites over the last ten years. What has changed is what I hope to get out of the program and what kind of school I'd attend. An Associate's Degree was my previous goal so I could sit for the RN license, but I am setting my sights on a different degree today.

Now that I have been a birth doula for almost two years, I've seen how much I enjoy working with families over the spectrum of their reproductive needs, with birth and family planning as my particular interests. A family nurse practitioner degree would allow me to work with low-income, at-risk youth and families who would need and benefit from my services. Nurse practitioners are primary health care providers, meaning that prevention, wellness, and education would be my priorities.

I was surprised to learn Kaplan University offers many advanced nursing degrees, including a family nurse practitioner Master of Science. I could even go further in my studies to purse a Master of Science, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Path if I decided to pursue a faculty position or a Nursing Informatics Certificate, which would be useful in the current environment of technologically-advanced health information. I could also choose informatics as my primary focus by enrolling in the Master of Science, Informatics Nurse Specialist track.

My primary reasons for choosing a place like Kaplan University is its practicality of offering online and blended programs, and its affordability. For a mom of two like me, an affordable online program is the new gold standard for universities offering advanced degrees.

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sarah saad said...

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شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
اهم شركات كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذكل شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة وتنظيف بجدة ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر وكشف تسربات المياه بالجبيل والقطيف والخبر والدمام
شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام

sarah saad said...

اهم شركات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
شركة نقل عفش بمكة

sarah saad said...

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شركة نقل عفش بالكويت
شركة نقل عفش واثاث
شركة نقل عفش

Rebecca C. Whittle said...

Nice article . I admire your job .


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