Hey guys, I am new to this site and found this site by looking up "why get a master's in nursing if you can't be an NP?" in Google.
I wanted to ask a question. I have worked for the last 16 years as an ADN and have worked med-surg, L&D, inpatient and out patient surgery, ER. I was trying to get back to the O.R. after making a BAD decision in taking a desk job (hated it) and found it hard to get hired!! Finally someone looked at my experience instead of the fact that all I had was an ADN and hired me due to my experience in orthopedic surgery so now I have a great part time job working with kids that have orthopedic issues.
Ok, I found out from a nurse recruiter at a hospital that most of the hospitals in my area, (South Carolina), were trying to get magnet status and were only hiring in new hires that were BSNs. So me and my husband discussed it, found that I only needed two pre reqs to enter into an online BSN class near us (very reputable program and affordable). Ok sorry to take up so much time here, will try to shorten. Currently taking pre reqs to enter Fall 2012 online ADN-BSN program. I am 43 years old and was thinking of becoming an NP UNTIL I read about the 2015 requirement that all NPs had to have DNPs. What I was wondering was, why even get an MSN now? Would there be any thing besides teach that you could do with it? I know it is affecting all advanced practice nurses, CRNAs, FNPs, Midwives and Acute Care NPs, so is there any reason to get a Master's? And no a DNP is not in the picture. I am not going to go to three years of school while not working and one year of residency. It is hard enough to do the BSN thing!
Why I am asking is because if there is nothing that can be done besides teach then I am going to stop after the BSN and seriously think of TOTALLY changing professions. I am not going to be able to work in an O.R. till retirement. The physical demands are just too much for me. So what is the advice? Stop after the BSN? Get an MSN in education? Or any other suggestions. Any help with this would be appreciated as a CRNA friend of mine told me to do my homework before going on with education as the landscape is changing. Thanks again!