I just applied for graduate school. The thought of more school makes me physically ill, but I did it.
I have been on the fence for a while about this. Do I want to take the time out of my schedule for more studying? Do I want the financial burden of paying tuition, again? Do I want to lose time from my family?
Ultimately I decided, in the long run this would be good for my family and my career. It would open new doors for me that may not present themselves otherwise. I chose to study Nursing Informatics. I definitely didn’t want to do anything clinical like a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist or a Mid-wife. I wanted something that would allow me to continue and grow in management, but also to move into different areas of nursing/health care. Also…..it’s all online classes, no going to campus and sitting through lectures.
Still, the thought of papers, tests, and especially clinicals is horrifying. I am not as young as I was when I did it the first time. I can barely stay awake past 9:00pm, and now I have to stay awake after my daughter is in bed to study. I can barely remember to post my blogs each week and now I have to do research and write papers.
Well, I will load up my backpack and hit the books and just hope I can stay awake.