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So at age 57 and a half I entered graduate school and May 8, 2015 I graduated with my MSN, APRN, FNP. I have toyed with the idea of getting my PhD but I think my husband would kill me. He calls me a terminal student. Hey 60 is the new 40 isn't it? I've like to go as far as I can go in education. I believe education is important and can change peoples life if they choose the correct vocation. Nursing is awesome. I wouldn't mind being called Dr. Mom. So what are your future nursing plans?
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I would love to get a doctorate and I have a terrific research idea, but at 64 (!!!) I can't possibly justify the cost, plus I am the breadwinner here and couldn't take the time off from work. I did look into grants and such, but the best program for that has no participating universities in my area, I won't go to one of those "credit for life experience" mills, and it still wouldn't replace my lost earnings. Such a shame. I am so jealous of my colleagues with support from working spouses who could do this. I adore my sweet husband but he has been retired for many years and we just make it on his pension and what I make.
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Well, I have a B.S. in an unrelated major and will have an ADN after I graduate this May. I will definitely be getting my BSN as soon as possible. I'm hoping to eventually get a Ph.D and enter into the researching field. But that's way ahead in the future.

I love education. Especially in healthcare, things are constantly changing and new discoveries are being made, so there will always be something new to learn. I love learning!
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I am 5/8 done with my MSN/FNP. I do want my DNP and even though I'm not in the doctoral program yet, I am already considering my problem statement and premise. I'm thinking of a study to evaluate the use of either mindfulness or motivational interviewing on compliance in primary care.
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I've always wondered about a study involving the incidence of dementia in people who use their brains to visualize everything. Now I'm even more interested in a study of the incidence of dementia in people on the autism spectrum.

I'm also interested in the same thing as it relates to people who have had to take old-school antipsychotic chemicals for a period of years mainly because it scares the crap out of me.

I went as far as I could on an Associate's degree in Nursing. I consider Life itself the reason to continue to learn.
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I just graduated with my ADN in May. I took courses during the summers to get a jump start on my BSN, so now I only have 3 semesters left to finish my BSN. I took this semester (Fall 2015) off so I could have time getting used to being an RN and adjusting to working night shift.

I'm really looking forward to starting up my courses for the BSN in January. I definitely plan on becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I'm very excited for NP school. I had originally come in to this wanting to be a PA. Actually, I wanted to be a physician. But at my age (46), I'd never recoup the investment of med school. I had originally decided on PA school, but the more I looked in to PA vs. NP, the more I realized how much nursing appealed to me. I'm so glad I chose nursing. I really do love it!!!

I'm not opposed to even getting a DNP, but we'll see how I feel after NP :)
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Well, I have a B.S. in an unrelated major and will have an ADN after I graduate this May. I will definitely be getting my BSN as soon as possible. I'm hoping to eventually get a Ph.D and enter into the researching field. But that's way ahead in the future.

I love education. Especially in healthcare, things are constantly changing and new discoveries are being made, so there will always be something new to learn. I love learning!
Do not go for ban go for msn, most schools will have it listed as msn bridge program
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Do not go for ban go for msn, most schools will have it listed as msn bridge program
I would, but I'm not sure what field I would like to get my MSN in.
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Well, that's kind of a stopper, isn't it?
My friend the therapist says the time to have sex with someone is when you just can't not have sex anymore. So with graduate school- the time to resume research and study is when you want to so much that you just have to do it. You'll know when you do. And there's no point to doing it without a compelling interest.
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I would, but I'm not sure what field I would like to get my MSN in.
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I would, but I'm not sure what field I would like to get my MSN in.
It does matter since you can get a post graduate certificate in most areas, I have a general MSN (no track) but have HiTech Post Graduate Certificate.
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