In the area where I live there are a bunch of accelerated BSN-MSN programs. Two of them have the students transit to the MSN portion of the program after only a few months of hospital or clinical experience. This seems quite alarming to me.
Any thoughts on this? Any students or graduates of such a program? Was the education thorough? It's like bedside nursing is a dirty word
so they try to pass over that career phase as quickly as possible to grow a Nurse Practitioner.
These programs are attractive and have a very polished sell when you visit them but I'm wondering about the value of such a program so I'd appreciate any input.
Javagirl, a coffee drinker, not a java programmer.
Feb 25, '04
I think sometimes the reason these programs are attractive to some people is because if their ultimate goal is to teach or work in a management position an accelerated MSN program can provide them this option quicker. However, the problem arises when you begin to question how effective a teacher or manager can be that hasn't really worked the field that long. I don't really think it is a question of disliking bedside nursing but rather an individuals perception of their time constraints with regards to their education.
Last edit by dwag on Feb 25, '04
Feb 25, '04
Quote from SusanNC
Java, A friend of mine from High School (many Moons ago) is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She went to Boston College for 4 years for her Nursing Degree, then spent a few years on her Masters in Nursing and eventually became a FNP. All during her College years she worked part-time in hospitals in various Nursing positions (lots and lots of training). She spent a lot of years on her Nursing Education and she is as close to an MD as you can get without the title. I would totally trust her with my healthcare, she's been incredibly trained. My family Doc has a FNP working with her - she's had the same training as my friend and sees patients just as if she's the Doc - it's a huge responsibility.
I agree with you that it would be "alarming" if someone is accepted into an accelerated BSN-MSN program with little clinical experience. I don't know exactly how that works, but if it means simply having a 4 year degree in "anything" and being able to get through a nursing program in a matter of months and then onto a MSN Program - to me at least, that definitely doesn't seem like enough time to take on the responsibility of a FNP. They are working under a Doc, but treat patients, prescribe meds, etc. Personally, I'd want tons of experience and education under my belt before I attempted that. Just my opinion. Susan
I personally have been looking into accelerated BSN programs and have come across some accelerated BSN-MSN programs. If you have a previous bachelors degree you can get your BSN in 12-18 months depending on the program then you start right into the MSN portion of your education. A few of the schools allows you to start taking some of the master's courses before being completely done with the BSN portion. I haven't dug that deeply into the MSN details since I am mainly focusing on just the accelerated BSN programs but it seems like you are able to finish the whole program pretty quickly.
Last edit by AnnaN5 on Feb 25, '04