I am beginning the College of Mount St. Joseph's program in May 2012 which issues you a generic MSN upon completion (I will not be an advanced-practicing nurse; they issue the Masters of Science because the classes are of a higher-level than a traditional BSN program but I will still need to go back and get my certification to become an NP). I was wondering if anyone had any exposure to the job market for these types of graduates? I know it is competitive because of the abundance of nursing schools
around here, but I also know that hospitals are really trying to require the BSN over the ADN / RN certification (I spoke to several nursing recruiters on this when making my decision between Christ College of Nursing or a second-degree).
Anyway, any insight at all would be great. I plan on at least volunteering in a hospital or ideally working as an aide, but the program that I am in is VERY accelerated so my work-time will be limited unfortuantely. I do have previous professional work experience however in a completely unrelated field.
I would so appreciate any tips / suggestions / experiences you can provide. Thank you in advance
Mar 23, '12
Hey so I work at UC Health and have co workers that graduated from the MSN program from MSJ. I would suggest trying to be a part time PCA at one of the local hospitals to get your foot in the door.
As for BSN/RN (I have my BSN) it only really matters if you want to apply to work at Christ Hospital. They're Magnet and want BSNs. From what I hear, Children's wants BSNs as well.
I went to school out of state (I'm originally from Cincinnati) and had no connections/networking connections whatsoever when I moved back home. But I did have work experience as a PCA and an externship before I graduated.
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