Salary and opinions on BSN degrees.

  1. I was wondering since I can't find to much info online what is the average salary for a psych np and a family np in any branch of the military? Yes I know I am asking way in advance as a pre nursing student, but I will already have a majority of my BSN courses complete most likely by the time I finish my Associates. Also how important are BSN course once you already have your RN license? I'm seeing two BSN options. Once BSN option is more in depth and is hybrid, but the other BSN is entirely online and does not seem as effective when I read course descriptions. So my other questions is would it not be a big deal to take the BSN degree that seems lame if it comes down to it?
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  3. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    I'm confused. You can't be an NP with a Bachelor's degree.
  4. by   Wolf at the Door
    The truth is you're not researching at all . In order to get through college you will need to learn how to look up things.
  5. by   ThatBigGuy
    An NP requires an MSN or DNP. There are very few programs that will allow you to bridge from ADN to MSN-NP. You will find that your options will increase by 100 times if you bridge to your BSN after your ADN, and then go get your MSN-NP.


    If I were you, I would complete my ADN, and then complete an online BSN bridge program immediately after. Once you have the required amount of RN experience and your BSN, apply to all the MSN-NP schools you can in order to increase your chances as being accepted.
  6. by   HouTx
    PLEASE - if you're using your actual picture for your avatar - CHANGE IT. It is important to maintain anonymity in any social media setting, but it's critical on any forum which could impact your professional image or status.
  7. by   Purple_roses
    The best way to find that out would probably be to ask within the military. If you're already in the military, they'll help you get your degree (probably around 30k total). You can also talk to your recruiter about advanced degree opportunities within the military.

    As far as your path to becoming a nurse and eventually becoming a NP:
    In order to become a NP, you need to have your BSN. You can get your associates and then apply to an MSN program, which may take 3 additional years. The best route, however, is probably to get your BSN first, work for a few years, and then apply to a NP program (you'll have more experience, which will look better to NP programs and future NP positions). Keep in mind that the trend is for NPs to obtain a doctorate instead of a masters, so your best course of action would probably be to go straight for the DNP after you have your BSN.

    I know there's a lot to take in as a pre-nursing student. Do your research, choose good schools (with good accreditation), and talk to your military recruiter about the best path to take, as your recruiter can get you in touch with someone who has all of these answers for you.
  8. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from Ashtimus Prime
    I was wondering since I can't find to much info online what is the average salary for a psych np and a family np in any branch of the military? Yes I know I am asking way in advance as a pre nursing student, but I will already have a majority of my BSN courses complete most likely by the time I finish my Associates. Also how important are BSN course once you already have your RN license? I'm seeing two BSN options. Once BSN option is more in depth and is hybrid, but the other BSN is entirely online and does not seem as effective when I read course descriptions. So my other questions is would it not be a big deal to take the BSN degree that seems lame if it comes down to it?
    It looks like you've been asking a lot of basic questions for nearly two years now, are you almost done with the pre-requisites? A lot of your questions are all over the map really, but the inquiry into military nursing is new. I could be wrong here but I think that you need a BSN in order to be a nurse in the military and if you want to be a nurse practitioner anywhere you'll need a masters at minimum.

    So what is it you really want to do? Lots of posts about being a psych NP or a FNP but you seem to be kind of all over the place without a real focus or direction. Are you now ready to be in a nursing program and don't know if you're going to enroll in an And or BSN program? Are you serious about joining the military or just exploring options?
  9. by   Ashtimus Prime
    I have finished all my pre reqs for nursing. I have finished so many pre reqs that by taking 3 summer courses over 2 years I can take 5 BSN courses while I am in my associates degree programs. I've done so many of my general education nursing program courses that I can pretty much work full time as an RN and still get my BSN in 2 or 3 years. I would only need 2 take 2 or 3 classes a semester to get my BSN. So I have set myself up perfectly to get my masters or DNP after I finish my BSN. I would have my BSN sooner, but I can't take 4th semester BSN and add them to second or 3rd semester. So I am technically forced to get my BSN in 2 or 3 years unless I use 2 different summer sessions.
  10. by   cleback
    Whatever program you are doing sounds vastly different than the traditional route (most students don't work on their BSN before earning their associatest degree... didn't even know that was possible). I would contact your advisor for your questions. However you get your BSN, though, please work for a few years before deciding on a graduate school program.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Ashtimus Prime
    what is the average salary for a psych np and a family np in any branch of the military?
    Here is our Military Nursing forum...good luck to you.

    http://allnurses.com/government-military-nursing/
  12. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from Ashtimus Prime
    I have finished all my pre reqs for nursing. I have finished so many pre reqs that by taking 3 summer courses over 2 years I can take 5 BSN courses while I am in my associates degree programs. I've done so many of my general education nursing program courses that I can pretty much work full time as an RN and still get my BSN in 2 or 3 years. I would only need 2 take 2 or 3 classes a semester to get my BSN. So I have set myself up perfectly to get my masters or DNP after I finish my BSN. I would have my BSN sooner, but I can't take 4th semester BSN and add them to second or 3rd semester. So I am technically forced to get my BSN in 2 or 3 years unless I use 2 different summer sessions.
    Ok I get that but you didn't answer any of the questions. Forget how many extra courses you have been taking for now, and figure out what you want to DO with nursing. You're asking about military nursing but don't express any interest in the military. You are asking about being an FNP several years before you will be able to enroll in such a program, it's always good to look ahead of course but you are still looking like you are scrambling all over the place with random courses and no actual direction. WHAT do you want to DO?

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