RN to BSN or RN to MSN? - page 2

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Please someone help me out. I have an Associate degree in Nursing and also have a Bachelors degree in a non-nursing field. I obtained my nursing licence 2 yrs ago, and since then, have been working in Long term Care, which sucks... Read More


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    I've had the same dilemma for the past year and a half since I became a nurse. Still trying to decide. My BS is in Biology and I know that I won't want to go back to school once I finish.

    One thing that helped me make the decision was thinking about my age and experience at the completion of the program. Remember that when you finish the BSN or MSN program (whichever you choose) you will then have four years of experience, which will make you even more marketable to employers.

    Personally, I will probably end up going with the MSN. I think getting another BS is redundant.
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    As an ADN nurse, I noticed that all the companies that want BSN degrees are contacting me regarding the positions applied to because I am working towards my BSN. I am taking my 1st class right now, but every interview brings it up and its a positive thing.

    I debated on looking into MSN, however at this point I am not 100% sure what direction I want to go. That is a LOT of work and a LOT of money to not be truly dedicated to some specialty!
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    Thanks everyone for the insight. I'll go straight for the MSN. Two more years of school would do it for me. Thanks again .
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    I have a question..

    Im a medical Assistant with an Associate of science degree but i want to get my BSN then MSN but i only see RN to BSN, Do i have to become and RN first before being able to get my BSN then MSN? I would like to get into a school and knock it all out the way now.

    Is it possible to get my RN and BSN at the same time? since i have my associates
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    Quote from zaira6
    I have a question..

    Im a medical Assistant with an Associate of science degree but i want to get my BSN then MSN but i only see RN to BSN, Do i have to become and RN first before being able to get my BSN then MSN? I would like to get into a school and knock it all out the way now.

    Is it possible to get my RN and BSN at the same time? since i have my associates
    You can complete your BSN to become a RN...so technically the answer to your question is: yes, you can do both at the same time. You're basically looking at entering a 4 year program to complete your BSN. However, since you have an associates' already, you may qualify for an accelerated BSN program (ABSN) or at least be able to place out of many of the pre-req classes.

    Your other option is to go for an entry-level MSN program. Don't know how long that would take, but when you graduate you'd have a MSN and be ready to sit for the NCLEX.

    So you know, it's not the degree program itself that makes you a RN: it's passing the NCLEX that will result in licensure. You can qualify for the NCLEX with either a nursing degree or completion of a non-degree (diploma) nursing program.
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    Melodie, I am interested in doing the same thing. I also have a BS in another area other than nursing. Do you mind me asking which school you chose?
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    Can you tell me why MSN? Is that before NP? I have my BSN and some masters classes, although never in a selcted program. I want to finish now-my goal is bedside nursing-like a hospitalist where I work but at an advanced level-say working for an MD. Any thoughts? Tnaks


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