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 to say the least. All the hospitals I applied to wanted someone with a BSN. This fall I finally decided to go back to school and got accepted into 2 universities - one for RN to MSN; and the other RN to BSN(both are online programs). Here is my dilema: Should I go straight to the MSN program and save time and money; or Should I just start with the BSN which employers are asking for, and thereafter, pursue the MSN program? Additionally, the masters program costs a lot more, and apart from that, I do not feel that I have enough exposure/experience in Nursing to, adequately,embark on the masters program yet. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.
I'm starting an ADN program in a few months, but I have been thinking about this as well because I also have a BS in another field. The problem I see in RN-MSN program is that many of them (as far as I know) do not confer a BSN after you took all those BSN-level classes. If the MSN program takes 3-4 years to finish, doesn't that mean in the next 3-4 years you'll still be an ADN? Or do employers that require BSN take that into consideration? What if, for whatever reason, you cannot finish the MSN program or takes longer to do it? Or you just feel burned out during the process and decide not to go further?
Personally, I think mostly likely I will go for a BSN just to ensure that I have it then take my time with MSN. If the RN-MSN program specifically say that they will confer a BSN after a number of courses, then I would just stick with it (assuming that I know for sure about which specialty I want to get into).
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