I passed my NCLEX in 1999 and have never regretted going to school for my RN, even though I didn’t go to school until I was 45 years old! :eek:
Besides the advice you have already received (which I second ) I would say to never turn down an opportunity to learn something new or try a new position/unit/job description. I worked med-surg for five years before I got into Quality, which I now do, and that Med-Surg time gave me tons of experience and knowledge. (I have also worked as a DON for an Assisted living facility, worked PT for Hospice for several years and also taught nursing assistant classes.) Having your RN degree will give you so many opportunities! When I worked Med-Surg, many of the RNs hated to “float” to another unit, especially ICU. So I would do it…which gave me the courage to do all those other things! Those ICU RNs taught me so much!
I think a person has to love to learn in order to be a successful RN because an RN “goes to school” pretty much forever!
Again - Congrats!