I posted this reply on another thread but wanted to open it up for discussion in a more public place.
I am considering the entry-level CNL program at a school I have basically already been promised acceptance at. Going through this program with no room for a summer internship would spit me out in two years with an MSN without nursing experience, in same time it would take for a BSN + summer externship experience.
SOOOO... CNL input?
I am considering an entry-level masters without any prior nursing experience for one reason: better chance of getting hired once entering the job market. Sure, many employers may not have a "CNL position" just yet, but since most CNLs begin as staff nurses anyway, would they beat out a non-experienced BSN graduate in a competitive job market because they have that Masters?
I want to be an FNP too. I wonder if I should go through the BSN then work then try for a FNP degree, or get a MSN in this CNL thing (which could really just apply itself as a generalist bedside nurse with a Masters, no?) and then make the route to FNP shorter after working some years by completing a post-certificate in FNP?
What do you think? Already I have a non-nursing bachelors and am a preschool teacher. I want to do pediatrics or FNP so badly!!!!!!!
Thanks for responding! I am avoiding an accelerated program because I want a summer externship employer with which to secure a relationship and return to once I graduate. Accelerated programs leave no summer with which to gain work experience in between years. I also believe that accelerated programs are responsible for the increase in nursing graduates without jobs -- too many nurses, not enough open positions.
I realize that CNL is an example of an accelerate route which also offers no summer externship, but am wondering if the Masters earned ups the chances of landing a job after graduation.
Last edit by newmusic on Apr 10, '11
: Reason: grammar