It’s been quite a minute! I certainly missed blogging. Ever since Covid took over and grad school, I have been so occupied. Finally completed grad school and Covid cases are trending down. Vaccines are now available and people are not getting hospitalized like it was earlier in the year 2020.
I graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Family Nurse Practitioner in February 2022 of this year. I am hoping to receive my license to practice soon and be useful to my community. Grad school happens to be quite easier for me than undergrad. I love the flexibility of the online classes but you are literally teaching yourself for the most part. My advice to anyone trying to obtain their Masters in Nursing is to be ready. Start looking for your preceptors ahead of time by social connecting or networking. Some of these schools do not provide you with preceptors. Funny enough, some of these preceptors do charge a substantial amount to precept you. There are numerous paper writing, quizzes, exams and stimulation test to be completed in these two and half years of commitment. If you do not like writing papers then don’t bother going any further. I love writing and that really helped me quite a lot. I was absolutely tired of being underpaid as a staff nurse, working under stressful environments and bedside nursing in general. I wanted something more. I wanted to be my own boss someday. I wanted to be more knowledgeable!
I resigned from my staff job back in August of 2021 to embark on the travel nursing journey. I must confess, travel nursing has got its Cons and Pros but it was the best decision I ever made! I have been home for almost two months and surviving. I do not feel attached to any hospital because I am either there for 8 or 13 weeks. Sometimes, I renew my contracts if I like the hospital or if my team members are amazing. I have met and worked with a bunch of amazing people. I have the opportunity to understand different hospital systems and their documentation style. It was hard juggling grad school while commuting about an hour from my preceptor’s office to my local travel nurse location. I could only do local for now because I have a family here in Maryland. The travel nursing rates are trending low now but are by far better than staff nursing rates. Have it in mind that you may need to save up and invest towards your retirement because you are not entitled to most benefits you had as a staff nurse. Also, if you are Eligible for stipends which are tax free money, that’s an extra change in your pocket. Also, make sure you have some good amount of money saved before jumping into travel nursing. You could get cancelled on an assignment and that leaves you jobless. Also, to my new nursing grads who just jumped on the trend just to make money. Please make sure you got in some good amount of experience or you may be playing with your license. You do not want be in a situation where you are clueless or have minimum experience about taking care of your patients. I will recommend at least two years of experience in your unit. One thing I learned is to work with several recruiters so as to negotiate rates and see what each company got to offer. For me most times it’s the convenience not the money. I really do not like to drive over an hour and I try to avoid trauma ER. Do what works best for you. In general, I am ready to be done with bedside and emergency room nursing!
It’s good to be back! I plan to write more on my blog and also be consistent on instagram while showcasing my personal style and healthcare journey. I have a lot to share with you all. Feel free to send me a DM if you have any further questions. Blogging is really time consuming but I am hoping to commit at least once a week. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!