I'm researching online programs to do a CNS program with a focus on critical care. I am having a VERY difficult time figuring out the differences between all the MSN programs, what they REALLY offer, and which programs offer CNS specific training (vs NP route)
I thought i'd take advantage of some of the collective wisdom here on allnurses and try not to reinvent the wheel.
So the first questions is... Is there are list circulating somewhere of ONLINE programs that train you as an advanced practice nurse with a Clinical Nurse Specialist track that will prepare me to take the Critical Care subspecialty examination? (Whew!!) So I guess it's an ANP-CCNS degree? (Or did I get that wrong too?)
Second Question: I was fortunate to do very well academically in previous schooling, so I was wondering if there are some selective programs out there that I can apply to that might impress future employers? From my limited research it seems that most online programs are not too selective and so I don't know how that affects the overall "value" of the degree when applying. (I suspect it doesn't...but I'm just putting it out there.) Am I correct in this? Should I not bother pursuing this? I guess the basic thought is....since I did very well academically...it would be kind of silly to let it just go to waste if I could use it to leverage my way into a highly competitive program that might carry some weight with employers. Does this exist?
BTW.....Would LOVE to hear from other APN/CCNS holders on their experiences.