Quote from llg
An MSN opens up different job opportunities -- ones that are not available to those with only a BSN -- jobs such as university teaching, staff development, CNS, NP, some management positions, etc. Some of those jobs offer more money: some have better working conditions than staff nurse positions: some have more autonomy, etc. Sometimes the money is better: sometimes it is not. It's more about the type of work you and the working conditions.
It's all a matter of what type of career you want to have. What type of work do you want to be doing in 5, 10, 20 years? If you would like to have the choices that an MSN gives you, then it is well-worth the investment. If you are content with the more limited number of choices that are available to those nurses with only a BSN, then that's OK, too.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
I lose more replies on this new system -- I'll try again for the third time.
I am quite conflicted about this. If I want to go for an MSN, then I better do it immediately following my BSN. However, I plot it on a calandar, geez, I'll be in school through summer 2008! That's a long time!! That's a hard sell to the spouse . . . especially considering the starting wages of a nurse graduate.
I've also have conflicting messages about this. I went into nursing b/c of the flexibility. I've been told that a BSN offers a lot of flexibility (compared to ASN or LPN) and could ride that through retirement. Keep in mind that I'm a career changer, will enter into nursing as a BSN-RN full time at 41.
Flexability and autonomy are usually important to me -- but I have young children and a marriage, and 4 years of school would definately impact the family. I see compelling reasons on both sides of the issue -- which is why I'm so stuck!!
Are there any BSN's out there who regret NOT going for an MSN years ago? Why?