I'm looking forward to finally never having to consider b.s. college work again; to being able to make some money; to reading whatever I like; to getting back to karate and kendo; to working out and losing weight; to listening to more Bach; to starting on my conversion reading list; and mostly to the summer.
It's unfortunate that my grades haven't been maintained at the level they were at in pre-nursing cognate courses (4.0), or I could consider going on for a PhD in physiology, which I think is where my real heart lies--in academia, not the hospital. However, it's not a possibility for me, so I have to consider my options for graduation:
- work in my local PCU--this would be my #1 choice, but based on certain factors I have written about here before, I don't think it's a real option for me;
- try to get a job in a local med-surg unit for a year to build up enough hours to take the CCRN exam, then move on to a PCU or ICU in another locale;
- try to get a job in a telemetry or coronary care unit in another locale;
- join the navy;
- try to get a job overseas with a cool organization like the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative;
- not get a nursing job and work in some other field while writing a book on men's health.
Four has a lot of appeal to me, although I am still skeptical about working as a male nurse in the military.
Three is professionally appealing, but the lifestyle, involving having to find a car (for the first time) as well as housing, etc., while fending off depression (again) is not appealing.
Some combination of two and six is the most likely option, I think, although I don't know that it would be a good idea to try to work on a book and the CCRN exam at the same time.