After waking up from my nap, (yeah, I know, a nap!) I started thinking about going back to school next month. I have been spoiled this summer - even though I am working, I feel like I am on vacation. This summer followed the most difficult semester that I have ever been through. This past semester I took Pharmacology and Physical Assessment with a clinical component. Do I really want to go back to getting up at 5 a.m., staying up until 11 p.m., reading and studying for hours on end?
I can't help but get those pre-semester butterflies in my stomach when thinking about all of the new knowledge I will be gaining, and the challenges I will be facing during the learning process. But I also think about how that feeling goes away after the first few weeks with the long reading assignments, the writing assignments and the first test.
I remind myself that all of the work, sweat, worry, and sometimes tears are all for a greater cause, and that is becoming a DNP. Once I become a DNP, I will be able to see patients as the primary caregiver in the family care setting - that is my current most important career goal. It also means that I will have a better understanding of the society that I work in, the science of being a nurse practitioner and evidence-based medicine. I will also be able to eventually work in academia, which is an interest of mine, since I have held academic positions in the past.
So, the answer to my original question - do I really want to go back to school after a very relaxing summer - is yes! (But I have to admit I will have to find some time to get a nap in.)