Most of what can be said has been. Will add a couple of thought. The difference between a decision and a plan it that if you decide to do something it happens, now or soon. If you plan to do something later, in the future, something will come along and at least change it if not deflect you entirely. This is how our lifestyle traps us, school
college, job, marriage, kids
, grandchildren, always something you 'aught' to do, something to make the future secure. It's all a myth, I have met very happy people who have never left their home town and who have roamed the world but the old adage that you wont sit in a nursing home regretting the things you DID
do is very true (I know, I am a seniors care nurse). Also the things you DID
will be what you look back on not the things you HAD
Can't offer anything on the MBA side, not my field, but on nursing I have international experience as a nurse and nurse educator.
The Bsc is the way to go. In Europe
it has been essential for RN registration
for some time, in the Americas it is going that way.
I have worked with distance, blended and on campus learning
as a student and tutor. Distance learning
is good for short, specialist, training for people in work. For full time and basic training it is very challenging. You really miss a lot of value not having face to face contact. Blended learning using remote
classrooms, teleconferencing and periods on campus works well in many ways and is becoming a major route
for professional development in many areas. An important point to think about is that nursing is a PRACTICAL subject. My RN program was 50% in the hospital setting, how can this be achieved with an online course? If I was interviewing a new grad for a first post as a nurse, and they had done there qualification on line, I would take a lot of convincing that they had the practical skills and experience needed. The minimum would be good reports from their practicum supervisors who had worked with them, in a practice setting, for an extended period. Also when selecting a school
I would want verifiable reviews
from past students who had gained there license
and successfully moved into practice. Plus a written statement from the licensing board that they accepted that schools qualifications obtained via the online route
. I still would not recommend it but might then consider it possible. Possibly a course which offered the academic study online but with practice placements lasting at least 4 weeks at regular intervals through the course would work. In all this I am talking about pre-registration training, if you complete registration
and they work as an associate nurse for a few years then want to go back to school for the Bsc programme that would be very different.
Portability. The idea that nurses (or any other professionals) can work anywhere has some truth but is a bit of a miss-conception. I trained in Europe
and practiced there for 13years, I now live in Canada
and am registered here so it is possible. However it took 4 years to compete the registration transfer, would have been quicker to go back to school and re-qualify! in the process I met people who had been trying for much longer. Regionally you can be very mobile. If you train in the USA moving state or to Canada
seams relatively simple (but can still take 6 months to a year). Training in Europe and moving to another European country was similar. Don't expect to be able to just walk into another licensing jurisdiction and get a job.
Best specialisms would be emergency
room, intensive care and rural practice. Possibly pediatrics depending on where you are interested in going. Often the best way to do mobile nursing is through working with and agency. Most still require 2+ years practice within their jurisdiction but it is a good way of being mobile and doing short contracts within a region. Travel nursing is another route worth looking at. Mostly they want you there for a contract
NOW. You wont be able to get advanced contracts that allow time to sail there.
Have you though about getting the boat now and doing school from the boat? Then continue to cruise
within a region, working in different places for 6 months to a year, then taking time off for travel and doing the same thing in a new place?
May people seem to find that the longer they leave it the harder it becomes Then it is something they where always going to do but never did. if you want it, do it now and solve the problems. Living on a boat (even at anchor) and working is definitely possible and fun, I have been a 'dingy commuter' and loved it. I also worked as a distance learning tutor from the boat. Mobile internet/phone was important but you are right, satellite
is prohibitive, needs to be G3 or wide area WiFi