ADN to MSW

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    Hi every1! I'm in need of advice. I'm currently an RN, ADN and have been for a year. I know that I want to be a social worker, underpaid or not, I've always wanted to, so that's not the issue. The issue is whether I should get my bsn then msw, or my bsw then msw? The goal was after I got my bsw that I could do some kind of social work job and/or rn prn while going for my msw :/ Anyone know the time frame for either? costs?

    I've been debating going back to school, but it's now or never! I'm 26 with no children so I feel it's the perfect opportunity. Thanks in advance!
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    My hat's off to you for moving into such a well respected field. But you do realize - right?- that you will be seeking a degree that is consistently rated the lowest-earning 4 year degree? The pay is even lower than elementary education. The burn-out rate is huge!

    I would encourage you to look at specializing in medical SW, but I think that this will require an MSW. They are sorely needed, and with your RN background you would be a natural. Hopefully, the job conditions and salary would be better than generalist SWs. If your true goal is to get an MSW, I'd say just go for it- I don't see a point in getting your BSN first.

    Good Luck & God Bless
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    Do this: http://sowkweb.usc.edu/docs/academic/Nurseads.pdf!!!!

    I learned about it at a Graduate Program fair when I was going to Cal State L.A. It sounds like something I'd like to do someday also...but I wanna try and do everything

    Edit: Or...have you tried getting into Case Management? I think they're similar duties... Not too sure. I worked at an inpatient hospice and out Social Workers there did Psych/Social AND had to call Skilled Nursing Facilities/Verify Insurances to discharge patients, etc. Sounds like something the RN Case Managers do now in the acute hospital.
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    My question is...if your deepest desire is to be a Social Worker, why are you pursuing your goal in such a roundabout way? Why not simply aim for your MSW?

    Why is Nursing involved at all? And why are you considering furthering your N\nursing education before pursuing the degree that you want so badly?
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    My question is...if your deepest desire is to be a Social Worker, why are you pursuing your goal in such a roundabout way? Why not simply aim for your MSW?

    Why is Nursing involved at all? And why are you considering furthering your N\nursing education before pursuing the degree that you want so badly?
    That's a good question. But I have to have my bachelors before I get my masters correct? So I was thinking since I already have my associates in nursing if it would be quicker to get my bsn then msw or get my bsw then my msw? Maybe I'm missing something here thinking I have to do it one step at a time. I don't think there's a program I could enter with my ADN and go straight through for my MSW...is there?!?
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    Well, there may be a way to go from your ADN directly to a Master's. Certainly, if you are staying within the field of nursing, you can bridge to MSN. It's definitely worth checking out.

    I guess my point to you is this: with nursing degrees there is so much involved outside of the academic work...clinicals, required practicum experience. I don't understand how undergoing all that's required to obtain a nursing Master's Degree will expedite a MSW.
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    In order to get into a MSW program you will have to have a bachelor's degree. It is required for the program. My cousin is a Clinical Medical Social Worker and he get's paid pretty good. But in order to get in that program he had to have his bachelors.
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    If you know that you want to go into social work, I don't see the point or advantage to completing another nursing degree. If I were in your position, I would look into completing a BSW degree. If you complete a BSN, I'm sure you would have to complete some additional coursework in order to be accepted into an MSW program with no social work background.

    Best wishes!
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    Just wondering, what makes you want to be a social worker instead of a nurse? I have considered one or the other for some time as well. From what I can see, many registered nurses have and use many of the same skill sets as social workers. Such as in psych, gerontology, hospice, pediatrics, etc...a lot of these nurses get to address psycho-social needs of patients. While nurses generally don't do therapy, they do have therapeutic relationships with their patients, especially those who work in long term care. I am not bashing social work, because I think it is a good field as well.
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    Hi, I was just wondering if you have made any progress towards getting a MSW? As this is my goal as well. Nursing is okay, but I am way more interested in the psycho-social aspects of nursing than the medical and skill components. I want to further my education, and SW seems like a better fit than an MSN. Is anyone else interested in SW? Does anyone have any advice on this as a career path? Thanks.


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