My employer is now requiring me to obtain an MSN degree. Due to the fact that I routinely work 60+ hours per week, in addition to having a family to care for, I am desperately trying to figure out a way to fit this into my schedule. Knowing that school programs can vary greatly in the amount of "busy work" required, I am hoping that some fellow RNs on here may know of some online MSN programs that are not overly time-consuming in the number of hours that are required each week. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your help!
Jan 7, '13
Did they give you a deadline, or just want you to get enrolled? One thought I had that might help you was to look for a program that offers classes that are 15 or 16 weeks in length, rather than a program that has shorter sessions/semesters (like 5 or 8 weeks). Seems like it might be more manageable for you if you can just take one class at a time and make sure that class isn't too terribly compressed into a short schedule. Good luck finding a program! What kind of MSN focus are you looking for?
Jan 7, '13
Yes, it would help to know what type of MSN you are referring to.
Jan 8, '13
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Did they give you a deadline, or just want you to get enrolled?
Yes, that makes a big difference ... I recently precepted an MSN student who has been working on her degree part-time for over seven years
(while working in a Master's-level position that her employer let her have because she was working on a Master's).
Jan 8, '13
They have not given me a deadline that is set in stone; just a directive to get it done as soon as possible. Given the fact that my work is related to hospital administration, I will most likely select the "Leadership" program. I certainly like the idea of taking 16 week classes one at a time however, I doubt that my employer will be willing to wait that long for me to complete the program. I know quite a few other RNs that are enrolled in different online BSN programs, and the difference in the amount of work required by the various programs is almost unbelievable. It is sad to say, but it seems like the most expensive programs are the ones that require less busy work & clinicals (although at this point, I am willing to pay the price to get out of it, lol.) Unfortunately, one school which does not require an excessive amount of time, that many of my co-workers have completed their BSN degrees through, does not have an MSN program. Hopefully, I will be able to find a similar type masters program that "truly" accommodates the working RN.
Jan 8, '13
I'd suggest checking out WGU (Western Governors University). It's work at your own pace, as many classes as you can finish in a semester for a flat tuition per semester. For each class, you have to complete tasks (either papers, presentations or occasionally, actual tests), and once you've demonstrated competency via those tasks, you're done with the class. On average, it takes a person 2-6 weeks to finish a class. It's reasonable to be able to complete the MSN program in 12-18 months.
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