I am currently enrolled in an MSN-education program, specifically the RN-MSN path. I have worked for 17 yrs as an L/D nurse and fulfill a lot of the roles of a CNS, I teach, precept, work on instituting EBP into our unit etc... so when I heard about the perinatal CNS role, it appealed to me. But now I am hearing conflicting thoughts. I can find very few schools that even offer this. I am reading this is a position that many are regretting. I really need some guidance! My ultimate goal is to stay in OB, this is where my experience is. What, in your opinion would be my best course of action, the best bang for buck, and time in school? I'm just getting started, so I want to get started on the right path. I would appreciate any guidance from those in these type of roles.
Jan 10, '13
by llg, BSN, MSN, PhD
I got my MSN in Perinatal Nursing many, many years ago -- specializing in the Neonatal side of things, not the OB. I worked as a Neonatal CNS for several years ... eventually got a PhD ... and now work in Nursing Professional Development (staff education).
The CNS role is terrific in theory -- but politically, it was crippled in the turf wars and budget cuts of the 1980's and 1990's. Unless you work in a region where it is thriving, I think you may be best off specializing in education. You'll probably have more job options as an educator -- either student education or staff education.
But that's just my opion. I have stats or anything to back that up.
Edit: Oops! I mean, "I don't have stats or anything to back that up." I'm sorry for the possibly significant typo. That may depend on your particular local job market.
Last edit by llg on Jan 11, '13