Quote from DawnMP3
Thanks Moogie. I appreciate the info. I will keep this all in mind. So I could get a MSN and not be elligibe for BSN jobs. This has all been very frustrating.
Dawn, I am so sorry! This has been a crazy week for me and I might have misstated what I meant.
With an MSN, you would indeed be eligible for any job that required at least a BSN. You would not be eligible with an ADN and a bachelor's in a different field.
Many people think that you have to have a BSN in order to get into an MSN program. That isn't necessarily true. There are bridge programs that will allow nurses with diplomas or ADNs, with or without previous bachelor's degrees, to bypass the BSN and do the MSN. There are also direct-entry MSN programs that allow someone with a previous bachelor's in any field to become prepared as a clinical generalist or an advanced practice nurse.
My best advice to you is to get the most education in your pre-licensure nursing program that you can afford in terms of time and cost. If you can afford a accelerated BSN or direct entry MSN, I strongly encourage you to try. If you can't afford it, you can still get the ADN but just be aware that you might have difficulty finding a job when you're done. (Then again, although right now new grads have difficulty finding jobs, when you finish it might be a whole 'nuther situation, regardless of which program you choose.)
I hope that this helps clear your confusion! Again, I am sorry if I mislead you in my earlier post. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any other questions.
Wishing you the best in whatever you decide,