Ive searched high and low in these forums, but really couldnt find any threads relevant to my situation. I am an RN (ADN) with a Bachelor of Science that I had prior to starting nursing school. I could not afford the accelerated BSN route 2nd degree option, so I had to do the ADN at the time.
I am considering bridging straight to a MSN (and have found several programs that bridge RNs to an MSN with a prior BS), but at this time I'm not really sure what Master's degree I would like to pursue. Also, I'm not sure how a bedside nurse with a Master's in Nursing would be perceived as far as being hired goes (I am currently working but in this economy you never know what will happen and when you may need to be job hunting!)
Does anyone know of an online program that either: a) is an RN-MSN for those with a BS, but awards a BSN along the way, or b) an RN- BSN for nurses who already have a BS?
From the looks of things, I "should" only need a few classes to get my BSN, but looking at the few RN-BSN programs I have seen, they are just as long that I may as well go get my MSN! For several of the RN-MSN programs for people with a prior BS, they only require 3 or 4 bridge courses and then the RN is eligible to apply for the MSN track. And, if a non-nurse with a prior Bachelor degree can become an RN BSN in a 1 year accelerated program, why would it take me just as long, if not longer, if I already have the RN and the BS (therefore the core basic ed requirements) done? Makes no sense lol.