Could any NP's out there (especially FNP's) comment on how useful a BSN is when you are an NP.
I have a BS in a non-nursing science and I am applying to a entry-level MSN-FNP program in which you become an RN in the first year and a half and then work as an RN while finishing the MSN and becoming a FNP.
Am I better off going into an accelerated BSN program and then appplying to a MSN-FNP program as a RN with a BSN?
Should I stick with my original plan and just go into the MSN-FNP program straight away and not worry about my BSN?
Hope this makes sense.
I just wanted to give my opinion on the subject as I am currently a student in a direct entry MSN program that does NOT grant a BSN.
If I had to do it over, I would definitely go to a program that granted a BSN after the first year. It is not necessarily because I think the BSN will be useful in obtaining jobs (I'm honestly not sure but I can say that I haven't had any trouble obtaining interviews for nursing jobs), but because it will provide you with more flexibility. When I went into the program, I assumed I would finish the program straight without stopping. But, after the first year, I really don't feel comfortable going into the NP portion without having experience as a nurse first. My conflict is that I don't want to stay in this state for any longer than I need to. If I had a BSN, I could just stop and take a couple years off and then continue with the MSN at a time when I felt more comfortable and at any school I chose. Unfortunately, not having a BSN after the first year means that I HAVE to finish the program at the school I started at since after the first year, you're left kind of hanging with no degree or certificate given.
I know it's kind of an unusual situation but if you can get the BSN-MSN in the same amount of time as a direct entry MSN, I think there is an advantage in case anything comes up as you will have something tangible after the first year.
Last edit by celle507 on Jul 14, '05