RN and advanced practice

  1. when u get a BSN what specialties can u work as now that u couldn't when u were just a RN with an ADN?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    Really there aren't any specialties that require a BSN where I live except for public and community health
  4. by   andreaJ
    so what education is required to be a certified nurse midwife or a neonatal nurse practioner
    Quote from fergus51
    Really there aren't any specialties that require a BSN where I live except for public and community health
  5. by   fergus51
    Quote from andreaJ
    so what education is required to be a certified nurse midwife or a neonatal nurse practioner
    A BSN, plus a Masters degree. (Though I am sure there are some programs that allow an ADN to enter and earn a MSN directly, most require a BSN before beginning the program).
  6. by   ChrisA
    There are quite a few RN to MSN direct programs. Give me a state and I'll let you know what colleges have programs.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    With "just" an associate's degree, most RN's can work anywhere in the hospitals, "speciality areas" such as peds, L and D, ICU, etc., included. You can also do home health care in the communities. But if you want to be a school or community health nurse, as fergus already said, you need a BSN or higher. Now, If you want advanced practice certification/eligibility, (Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practicioner such as Pediatric NP, Neonoatal NP--etc.), plan on a post-graduate program of study, at least Master's and post-graduate certification classes, as well.
  8. by   lady_jezebel
    The only nursing jobs that I've seen in which a BSN is absolutely required are management (ie. nurse manager for floor) and research -- at least in my hospital. However, the organization is very supportive in assisting RNs to obtain higher degrees, including at the Master's level.
  9. by   traumaRUs
    No one is "just" an anything. Everything serves a valued purpose and has an important job. In our hospital you have to have a BSN in order to aspire higher than staff nurse. Nothing wrong with that - it all adds up to professionalism.

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