Quote from irishrover
I am an ADN student - hopefully I will graduate in May (Ugh!)
I recently quit my full time job (in an unrelated field) and acquired a part-time position in a hospital for the experience. It is already paying off!
I plan on continuing my education. I was going to go for my BSN, but was recently advised to just go straight for the MSN. How does everyone else feel about that? I was told that it was worth the little extra effort! I know that everyone else is in the same boat as I - overworked and underpaid - and very tired.
Any support or responses greatly appreciated. Strength to all!
I am an ADN graduate and also know I want to continue my education beyond BSN. I looked into a few RN-MSN programs and I decided that my best option was to pursue a BSN degree and then go for my master's later. My reasons being:
1. I am a brand new nurse with no experience and my MSN degree would be pretty much useless until I gain experience. Secondly, if I were to get my MSN and have at the bedside to gain experience before utilizing my degree, the information I learned in the program would not be as fresh.
2. When pursuing a BSN you don't have to choose a specialty that will limit you in your career path. With an MSN degree, some options limit you into performing in just that role...and I am not entirely sure what option will be best for me at this time in my life. The functions of a Family Nurse Practicioner, CRNA, Nurse Educator, etc. are all very different. If I am going to invest a large amount of money and time into continuing my education, then I want to be sure that I explore all my options and do not limit myself or make a decision that I regret.
3. I believe that there is much to be gained through bedside nursing experience that increases your competence as an Advanced practice nurse. There are many things that can only be learned through experience. There are some members who will disagree with me and I respect their opinion...no need to start a debate.
Those were MY reasons. However, if you feel that your time and money are better spent pursuing your Master's and you already are confident you know exactly which route to choose then do so. It's up to you.