Elementary School Teacher thinking about Nursing

  1. I am currently an elementary school teacher, but I am interested in making the switch to nursing. I have a Master's in education and I am debating about whether I should do a second degree BSN program or an alternate entry MSN program. What are the pros and cons of both? Are there ways I can combine my degree in education with a degree in nursing? I have been doing a lot of research concerning the various schools and programs I am interested in, but I am still unsure as to which program and the career potential to use both degrees (education and nursing) when I am done. Thanks for any advice!!!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It would depend on your goals. You can gain entry into a direct-entry program like a prior-degree MSN program with your education credentials, currently. Do you plan advanced-practice nursing, bedside nursing, teaching in nursing, these things you need to decide in order to figure out how best to proceed.

    Good luck in your decisions, and welcome to allnurses.com!
  4. by   quiyetstorm21
    I am actually really interested in labor and delivery or being a nurse educator.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    YOu could always go into a direct-entry MSN program, then. But most of these are geared not toward bedside care, but advanced practice nursing or teaching or something on the order of advanced nursing. And many will ask you to choose the path before starting. (NP, MSN for teaching/research, etc).


    If you are interested in bedside caregiving, you may want to choose a direct-entry BSN and then plan to go on for an MSN later. That is probably what I would choose. Most advanced-practice nurses and instructors do better with some bedside practice under their belts first.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    PS I am an L/D nurse and love it.

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