More or less:
You complete a BSN program, take the N-Clex, pass, you are an RN
You complete an MSN program, take the ? exam, pass, and you are an NP?
*With all MSN programs, it is a pathway to NP right? There isn't a master's given out then you have to obtain your NP in some way I'm missing...?
Jan 8, '06
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You enroll in an MSN program where the course of study is to specifically become a specific kind of nurse practitioner. You either have to contact the individual schools to find out what their MSN program specialties are, or you can get this information from a publication of the National League for Nursing. You will find that as you get into the higher and higher educational degree programs the field you are studying becomes more narrowed and focused (specialization) as opposed to a BSN program which is a general program of nursing.
Jan 9, '06
Universities offer MSN degrees with many different specializations (like "majors"). Only some of them prepare you to be an NP. In order to become a nurse practitioner (or any of the advanced practice nursing roles), you must complete an MSN in the specific NP specialization that you want, pass the national certification exam in that specialty, and meet whatever other requirements "your" state has for licensure (e.g., some states require that you have a written contract with a supervising physician specifying exactly what you will/won't and can/can't do. The specific requirements vary from state to state). NPs (in all the different NP specialities) are typically licensed by both the state nursing board and medical board (dual licensure).
Jan 10, '06
When a MSN is awarded, you are not automatically a NP, there are a lot of different specialties, Nursing Education, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwifery, Nurse Anesthesia, etc.
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