I have been working in the ER for 8 months. I enjoy my job. My hospital is, for the most part, a great place to work at, and I am thankful for a job in this economy, period. I have received positive reviews from my charge nurses. I have good relationships with my doctors and other co-workers. I have no desire to leave my current position.
When I was hired, my director noted that I had an ADN and asked me "Would you be willing to go back and get your BSN in a year?". Of course I agreed. But now that I am coming up on a year, I am torn between getting a BSN or getting an MSN. I also have a Bachelor's in a non-medical field (social work). I'm trying to create a career path for myself, starting from the ER, and I feel like my mental wheels are just spinning and spinning with no movement in any direction.
The part of me that wants to get a BSN recognizes that I am still a very, very new nurse. I am still learning bedside nursing. In the ER I am still seeing patients with conditions new to me. I think getting a BSN would only make me stronger as a bedside nurse. From the ER I would be interested in going into CCU, NICU, or Flight/Transport Nursing with a BSN. And being that I am such a new nurse, I am having a hard time imagining myself in APN roles.
The part of me that wants to get an MSN recognizes that I already have a Bachelor's degree and it would be kind of silly to get two, especially if I plan to eventually get a Master's. I know that I don't have the grades for CRNA, nor the interest in OB-GYN for CNM. But I could see myself getting a CNS and becoming a Nurse Educator. I enjoy doing discharge teaching to patients. Other than that, I feel like I should get a Master's because it would be "more bang for my buck".
Any advice is appreciated!!!
Quote from AnonRNC
Does your manager REALLY expect you to follow through at the one-year mark? Or was that just an interview questions. At less than a year in practice, you would probably benefit more from Continuing Ed in emergency nursing than from an academic degree. If you are enjoying the work you are doing now, I don't see the point in getting an MSN at this point.
I'm not sure if she literally meant one year, but I'm the type of person who has had this nagging in the back of my mind since the interview! I don't want her to corner me at the nurse's station one day and for me to not have an answer. My director comes into the department a lot; recently we were having days of Code Emergency Saturation Triage and she was pushing patients to rooms in wheelchairs and helping out with little tasks, so it wouldn't be out the question for her to corner me.
What kind of resources would you suggest for continuing ed? I joined ENA and was thinking of doing their free CEUs, even though I don't need them as CEUs yet. I am ALL ABOUT educating myself!
Last edit by sandyfeet on Feb 16, '13
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