CNS or RN degree? - Advice needed! - page 3

by Newbie7, MSN, APRN, CNS | 14,760 Views | 22 Comments

Hello--I am a pre-nursing student faced with a tough decision and I would like some input from experienced nurses before I make the decision. I can apply to either ADN program to be an RN or to direct entry MSN program to be a... Read More


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    No, there are direct entry (DE) programs where if you have a bachelors in an unrelated field and you ARE NOT an RN, you can complete these programs and get your RN in a year, then an MSN with specialty focus like CNS or NP.
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    Quote from RNFELICITY
    I am lost...I thought to be a CNS you had to be a BSN?

    In any APN speciality... with only ONE exception.. there are a lot programs you can enter as a HS grad.. and exit a CNS or NP.

    Scary huh?
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    No, there are direct entry (DE) programs where if you have a bachelors in an unrelated field and you ARE NOT an RN, you can complete these programs and get your RN in a year, then an MSN with specialty focus like CNS or NP.
    Wow, that's pretty scare to go to school for just 1 year to become RN and go straight for master's without having any health-care experience. It is almost ridiculous to me that it is allowed.
    traumaRUs likes this.


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