MSN w/ forensic it worth it?

  1. So I just recently graduated with my BSN in November. I immediately started working at a local, privately-owned psychiatric hospital in South Carolina. I have very little interest in bedside nursing (which I knew going into nursing school) and very broad interests in psych, physical and sexual assault perpetrators and victims, criminal justice and the legal surrounds of such cases. I had a phone interview with a Duquesne University, which offers a MSN program with a forensics focus. My main questions is whether or not there is even a job market that fits my interest? Also, would I moreso benefit from working in a larger hospital or emergency room while obtaining this degree than a psychiatric hospital? I know that SANE nurses usually work in the ER, and while I am interested in that role as well, I've heard that SANE nurses usually work bedside in medsurg and just respond the sexual assault cases as they come in. I'm super frustrated because I already feel unhappy in a career I just started! Any answers/advice is appreciated l!
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  3. by   Oldmahubbard
    For many years I worked as a PMHNP in a forensic setting. There is no SANE type work but regular court where the NPs in my state started to appear some 10 years ago, and were found to be as good on the stand as the physicians.

    It had its' downside, but I only left for a much higher salary elsewhere. Plus, after 13 years, I felt like I had gotten everything.