What are the advantages of getting the master's degree rather than just the BSN? Can you be an RN without having the master's degree? What about nurse practitioners - what exactly do they do?
My sole reason and decision for getting my Master's is because, when I'd peruse the job openings, all the jobs I wanted required a Master's degree: namely education, being a Clinical Nurse Specialist, or other "coordinator" type roles.
The reason I obtained my BSN was because I was unsure what I wanted to do in the future. I couldn't answer that I'd never want to go to grad school, and so, the BSN was a "safety net" for me in that if I ever wanted to do something different, I'd have that degree to get me in.
And of course you can be an RN without your MSN. You can be an RN without a BSN, too. I simply wanted a college education, independent of the fact that I wanted to be an RN. In fact, I had decided to go to college looonnngg before I decided to be an RN. To me, there is too much life out there to not be exposed to it. Ideally, I'd like to experience everything first hand to learn it, but that is simply not practical. I enjoy studies OUTSIDE of nursing. I enjoyed my theology classes, my computer programming classes (which taught me logical thinking) I enjoyed my arts and humanities. They are all relevant to our life, in my opinion.
As an RN, BSN persuing her MSN, I see many opportunities available to me now. I see my rate of pay slowly rising as a result. And bottom line, I'm happy with that. I love L&D, which is where I worked as a staff nurse, and love it so much, I want to influence CHANGE in it, and feel I can accomplish that with my MSN.
Hope this helps.