Masters In Nursing...Should I pursue????

  1. Hello Everyone. I am new to this website. I am thinking of going back to school for my masters, but am not sure if I need an MSN. I have my BSN and am currently working in an ICU. I have been a nurse for 8 yrs at the bedside and just am not happy there anymore..... I was wondering if any MSN nurses could give me info on how more education helped them advance their careers.
    Thanks!
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from cdnrn97
    hello everyone. i am new to this website. i am thinking of going back to school for my masters, but am not sure if i need an msn. i have my bsn and am currently working in an icu. i have been a nurse for 8 yrs at the bedside and just am not happy there anymore..... i was wondering if any msn nurses could give me info on how more education helped them advance their careers.
    thanks!
    hello, cdnrn97,

    welcome to allnurses.com. it is great to have you with us.

    i believe you should get the msn, if you do want to advance in nursing. you can choose from many tracks: educator, np, cns, nurse administrator, nursing informatics, forensic nursing, nursing leadership.......just to name a few.

    i continued and am very happy with my choice, ob-gyn np and fnp.

    now i realize this just my opinion. i wanted to let you know that it worked for me.
  4. by   Q.
    Hi, I am just about done with my MSN; I am finishing up my thesis.

    I find a MSN well worth the investment and has helped me move from the role of staff RN in Labor and Delivery to a Patient Education Specialist. My responsibilities include managing all of the patient education efforts for a 2-hospital large healthcare system. My role is very autonomous, which I love, and challenging because currently there is no patient education program in place at this facility; my role is to create one!

    My MSN allowed me to gain the knowledge and experience to obtain this position.
  5. by   lovp
    Quote from CdnRN97
    Hello Everyone. I am new to this website. I am thinking of going back to school for my masters, but am not sure if I need an MSN. I have my BSN and am currently working in an ICU. I have been a nurse for 8 yrs at the bedside and just am not happy there anymore..... I was wondering if any MSN nurses could give me info on how more education helped them advance their careers.
    Thanks!

    I would like to get my master in biology or specialize keeping with one area I like and feel comfortable with. Yes a master would be helpful, for me anyway. I always thought working for the CDC or some other area of infection control would be very interesting and challenging. I think after some time in nursing, because it is so broad, finding something I really like and being to grasp it on a daily basis, would bring a sense accomplishment. The question is do you want to narrow your field down to a specialty or do you want to broanden it? Once you have determined this it will be obivious whether or not you will need another degree and if so, what type.
    Last edit by lovp on Oct 10, '05

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