Towards the end of your nursing program, it's
quite likely that all of the sudden your
faculty will start using phrases like "your
next step" for your career,
and they will often be talking about grad
Never mind that you have not even graduated
from nursing school
yet, or you have no idea where you will be
working or anything like that.
This will just be thrown around more and
more as you close in on graduation, leaving
you feeling kind of like, "Well, jeez, maybe
this degree wasn't enough because
apparently I need to go back and take the
At least I might be projecting because this
is how I always felt.
I was always told that I should start
considering grad school right away because if
I didn't, I would never go back.
Which scared me, particularly because I had
absolutely no desire to go back to
grad school ever, which made me feel like my
career was heading absolutely nowhere.
And I was lazy for not just jumping right
back in, taking advantage of my momentum.
And all the time before I even had graduated
from my nursing program and I was like, "Is
this not enough?" And it was a spiral.
And it wasn't until a very long time later
when I was indeed in
grad school, ironically, but not because I
felt like I had to, by the way, and I
was paying for my insane tuition.
And I realized, wait, they didn't care if I
"advanced my degree",
"taking the next step" into nursing.
They wanted my tuition because this is a
large amount of money that I am
pouring into the school year after year.
And honestly, it doesn't necessarily always
have a huge effort on their end.
And so today I want you to remember why they
are telling you to
start thinking about the next step at their
So that instead of feeling pressured like I
did, you realize, "Oh, this is probably
something that the school, someone higher up
in the school, told them that they have to
say to make them more money".
Because grad school is not the next step for
people. There are so many steps within
nursing that never
involve grad school.
And grad school is super specific, and that
means that it's quite unlikely that you
will know exactly what you want to do a lot
more learning in until you actually get out
there in the nursing world and experience
So before we talk more about grad school in
this final section, I just want you to
know if you never do another ounce of school
in your life, your career
is just as valid
as someone who chose to go back to grad
You are no less valuable, less important or
less awesome of a human.
If you decide that your nursing degree and
career is your final destination and you'll
explore within that playground.
Heck. You are not a less valuable human if
you get out of
nursing school and decide, never mind, this
entire career wasn't for me at
all. You are not defined by your job, your
degrees, or any of
that. And never, ever let people try to
convince you otherwise with all the
junk mail you're going to be getting in the
near future, encouraging you to "advance your
career" as if your career is not enough as
I will now get off of my soapbox, but this
obviously bothers me.
Because it feels really predatory and yucky
and it leads to a lot of
people doing more school without having a
You know, they did it because it was the
"next step" and there are so many other next
steps. But if you do want to look into grad
school, at some point, the next section lays
out what those options are.
I feel like I need to take a break or chill
out or something after that section because
obviously I have feelings about it.