My thought is, if I'm going to spend 2 years in grad school, I want to be a Nurse Practitioner at the end of it. However, if I don't get into Midwifery school (Plan A) and have to wait 1-2 years to re-apply, I may just get a Masters of Science in Nursing in the meantime (Plan B).
By 2015 nursing Master's programs are becoming Doctorate programs. If I get a general MSN now, I will have less work to do if I decide I want a Doctorate later on. Neonatal Nurse Practitioner school is also still floating in the back of my mind-- I've already applied there as well even though the next round of applications isn't due until next December and I won't find out until this time next year if I got in (if I'm not in Midwifery school at the time instead). I guess we'll call that Plan C.
Anyway, que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be.
In the last month I've gotten a call to work PRN in another hospital's NICU. But it was a night shift position, so I turned it down. I applied for a Labor and Delivery position at a different hospital, but they hired a more qualified applicant instead.
So right now, I'm just trying to learn as much as I can, not 'argue' with the residents too much, and not complain a whole lot about the chaos of a split unit (we're on two different floors due to our census). I'm loving on all the babies and enjoying my "easy" days with lots of cuddle time.
Hindsight is 20/20 and hopefully in a few years I will see how this was all meant to play out. After all, I suffered through a terrible, prolonged undergrad experience only to be thankful I stayed in Texas an extra summer because that's how I met Ross. Now working with a pregnant Brooke at the Urbavore farm made me think seriously about nurse Midwifery again, even though the actual farm apprenticeship didn't work out.
It's all a huge puzzle right now, and I'm trying to be patient because I know I can't see all the pieces yet.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11