My name is David and my long term goal is to work as a registered nurse in the hospital or aged care setting. I am writing to get your opinion on a dilemma I have with respect to university study.
Should I enter a Master of Nursing program or a Bachelor of Nursing program? The Master program is 1 year shorter than the Bachelor program (so it is 2 years long) and it accepts anyone with a previous degree.
The reason why this is a dilemma is because I am worried that I will not have enough work experience to make me competitive in securing a position in a Graduate Nurse program. Many advertisements for Graduate Nurse programs will stipulate that work experience outside of clinical placements is “desirable”. I am thinking that if I choose the Bachelor of Nursing program, I will have one extra year to get a job as an Assistant in Nursing or as an Aged Carer. I might not get this opportunity in the Master program owing to its shorter duration and heavier study load.
I will be very grateful for your opinions. At present, my relevant work experience is 1) First Aid volunteer for St. John Ambulance Service and 2) tour guide for a large museum in Sydney. Are these enough to make me competitive for the Graduate Nurse program assuming that I also have good academic grades and clinical reports.
Have a great day,