Accelerated BSN vs Direct-Entry MSN option - page 2

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and to the field of nursing. I have a BS degree in Biology and was recently enrolled in a physician assistant program for 6 months but withdrew for personal reasons, one of which was the... Read More

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    I also did PA school (most of it) before realizing it wasn't a good fit. Unfortunately, it took me awhile to realize that nursing was the perfect career for me. I actually finished a BA and an MSW, but I am now starting an ABSN...

    I looked at a lot of options, but I'm not able to relocate and the only direct entry MSN locally is at a very expensive private university so it wasn't even an option w/ my current loan debt and minimal govt loan eligibility left.

    I'm also 98% sure that I want to take the CNM route after hopefully getting a few years of L&D experience. So I felt like the ABSN at a state university was a good starting point for me.

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    I did the direct MSN program with a CNL concentration. Honestly in my personal experience, it doesnt matter what program you do because you really need to have the basic RN skills before you can advance. The only way you can get the skills is by working as a RN.
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    I think if you want to work in a hospital as an NP it's better to do an accelerated bachelor's degree (or a direct entry program that gives you a BSN after a year like Columbia, Penn, Hopkins) so that you can get work experience as an RN in a hospital before becoming an NP. Many NPs suggest you work for at least a year before working on your master's. A direct-entry CNL program would also work.

    However, if you want to do primary care I think direct entry programs like Boston College are fine because being an NP is so different from being an RN. If you have no plans to work as an RN then those programs seem to accomplish your goals, but some places still want you to have RN experience before becoming an NP. And it's hard to get an RN job without a bachelor's degree in nursing (or a master's in nursing).

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