Quote from Nurse_RaRa
Been an RN (ASN) for 9 years, have a Bachelors in another area (ancient) and now want my RN to MSN. I'm too old school to do it all on line and I found a place around the corner that offers the bridge. Question: Where do I get my "professional Associate with a graduate degree who is able to assess my practice and potential for graduate study" letter of recommendation? Old managers? Old profs?...and
...Next Question: Should I go for "Community Clinical Nurse Specialist" or "Family Nurse Practitioner" Besides the FNP able to write scripts, what is the difference? Thanks!!
It's possible that not one person has all the answers you are looking for. You're asking a few questions, and your situation is a bit unique.
Regarding your letter of recommendation, it needs to come from your boss. they may not want a letter from a process since its been a while that you are out of school. I would ask specifically if they require one. I did not need one when I went back for my masters, and it had been around the same timeframe for me.
Regarding your track, I may not be the best to answer this question (my MS is in education), but I'll ask a few questions to maybe get you thinking:
Where do you live? Are you in an area where there are a lot of hospitals, is there a lot of community opportunities? Are there a lot of NP jobs. Do people who graduate actually get work?
Do you need to decide before you begin the program, or can you take any core classes that would suffice either degree? Is there someone in the school you can ask about the big differences? I would think that the number of clinical hours would be more for NP, if that is a consideration. I know FNP has more hours because you are dealing with adults and children.
Judging by the name, I'm thinking you may be limiting yourself with the community CNS. if you wanted to work in the hospital, your expertise may not be as appreciated.
And finally, what do you see yourself doing with an advanced degree?