BSN? Looking for someone who knows about NP/MSN

  1. I am currently a BSN student and have a couple of general questions. I have worked as a CNA/MA for 12 years in various settings -home care, hospitals, and clinics. Once I graduate, will this expierence and the fact that I have a BSN help me in obtaining a job? Will the pay scale be different or will it be the same as an ADN? I would also like to become an NP and plan on doing this right after I graduate. I'll probably just work part time or a few 12's since I'm also raising 4 children under 5. Can anyone point me to some good schools on where I can obtain an NP? I live in Naperville and don't want to commute too far to say Rush or Loyola -because of the kids. ALso, what are the duties of various MSN positions as opposed to an NP. I know what an NP does and I would like to work in a urgent/convienent care setting as one but I'm a little unsure of the other different MSN positions? Thanks so much!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Unfortunately, all of the years that you worked as a CNA, etc. will not give you an increase in your salary, etc., as it was a completely different role. Pay scales are the same for new grads whether it is a Diploma in Nursing, the ADN, or the BSN. You may see a $0.25 difference in pay for the BSN, but nothing more than that. You still take the same NCLEX-RN exam, and still require the same orientation that the others will get.

    The NP requires that you have your MSN. I sugggest that you do a search on this forum and you will find all of the information that you are looking for.
  4. by   sn216
    Thanks Suzanne, As a BSN, am I available for any leadership roles/management positions or just as a staff RN?
    Donna
  5. by   purplemania
    In our area a BSN gets $1/hr more than ADN graduate. That is more than $2000 year.

    Sorry, don't know about schools but wish you all kinds of luck.
  6. by   sn216
    Thanks purplemania, $1 an hour more is better than nothing!
  7. by   suzanne4
    Normally, you will need some type of experience before you would be ready for a managment position. It is quite hard to manage someone if you have never had experience in that area before. At least for most areas.

    Good luck with your schooling.
  8. by   sn216
    thanks!
  9. by   suebird3
    have you looked into saint xavier's graduate program? may be what you are looking for. isn't in the city.......small campus, decent people... if ya want info, pm me.

    suebird
  10. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Donna1976
    I am currently a BSN student and have a couple of general questions. I have worked as a CNA/MA for 12 years in various settings -home care, hospitals, and clinics. Once I graduate, will this expierence and the fact that I have a BSN help me in obtaining a job? Will the pay scale be different or will it be the same as an ADN? I would also like to become an NP and plan on doing this right after I graduate. I'll probably just work part time or a few 12's since I'm also raising 4 children under 5. Can anyone point me to some good schools on where I can obtain an NP? I live in Naperville and don't want to commute too far to say Rush or Loyola -because of the kids. ALso, what are the duties of various MSN positions as opposed to an NP. I know what an NP does and I would like to work in a urgent/convienent care setting as one but I'm a little unsure of the other different MSN positions? Thanks so much!
    Hi Donna,

    With your BSN there are plenty of Universities you could attend to work towards the MSN/NP. I graduated from SXU with my undergrad and they have the NP/MSN, (I guess it would not take long to drive down 294 to 95th street and head east til just after Pulaski).

    I am in a Masters entry program for non nurse majors and will graduate with an MSN/RN in june of 2007, I hope to finish it up with a Clinical Nurse Specialist or NP, (SXU is a place I am considering).

    I am also considering Loyola too because I also plan on working next towards the PhD.

    Locally though, there are school near you. There is allnursingschools you could search. I do not know who else offhand has the MSN closer to you than Chicago. We can look though.

    Gen
  11. by   Jolie
    Where are you going for your BSN? Do you have a counselor who could help you to look into MSN programs? NIU in DeKalb offers a number of MSN options, including a Family Nurse Practitioner program. It's an easy commute from Naperville.
  12. by   Stitchie
    Quote from Donna1976
    I am currently a BSN student and have a couple of general questions. I have worked as a CNA/MA for 12 years in various settings -home care, hospitals, and clinics. Once I graduate, will this expierence and the fact that I have a BSN help me in obtaining a job? Will the pay scale be different or will it be the same as an ADN? I would also like to become an NP and plan on doing this right after I graduate. I'll probably just work part time or a few 12's since I'm also raising 4 children under 5. Can anyone point me to some good schools on where I can obtain an NP? I live in Naperville and don't want to commute too far to say Rush or Loyola -because of the kids. ALso, what are the duties of various MSN positions as opposed to an NP. I know what an NP does and I would like to work in a urgent/convienent care setting as one but I'm a little unsure of the other different MSN positions? Thanks so much!
    University of St. Francis in Joliet offers an MSN program. You can check them out online, too.

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