I completed my MSN Ed last year, and because of budget cutbacks and all, have not been able to get into staff development as planned. I dabbled in academia for a while, but it's not really my thing.
So, I continue to work at the bedside. I LOVE patient care, and love teaching as well. So I serve a preceptor, do research and present inservices.
Our hospital's clinical ladder program last year added a level 5 for MSN-prepared bedside nurses. I was the only nurse to achieve this level. (800+ bed tertiary care facility in an urban area)
The more I consider it, the more I am convinced that there IS a place at the bedside for the MSN-prepared RN to do direct patient care.
Heck I won't even get any extra monies for my BSN which is costing me out of pocket.
It's not even on my name badge. I have to agree with the others. To pay even more money out of pocket (especially at 50 yrs of age) to get a degree that will keep me where I am with no financial kickback, I cannot endorse it for myself.
We had a manager that wanted all staff to have a minimum of MSN to work the floor. Maybe that would be great if staffing was adequate enough to practice the theory of nursing whilst doing patient care. If there is no staff, it doesn't matter what theoretical education you have under your belt. Even a MSN prepared nurse won't get breaks or a lunch.
Last edit by tokmom on Jul 12, '14