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Entry Level MSN

  1. 0 upon completion of an entry level msn, will one automatically become an advanced practice nurse, more specifically, a nurse practitioner or would one have to go through a certification program for the desired advanced practice nurse roles (clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, etc). i'm a bit confused about whether or not entry level msn prepare you for those certification or if you actually finish those certification upon completion of the entry level msn. can someone please clarify this for me and/or give me a better insight about becoming a nurse practitioner after an entry level msn?
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    From 'Los Angeles, CA'; Joined Mar '12; Posts: 51; Likes: 27.

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  3. Visit  jocy_anne profile page
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    I applied to an accelerated BSN-MSN program for the fall and just went to their open house on Saturday. From the things they said at the open house, it sounds like you pick your specialization during your MSN courses and clinicals, and once you graduate with the MSN degree, you become a CNS, NP, CRNA, etc. I'm not positive about that, but that's the way the school presented it on Saturday. Hopefully there is someone on here that can give you a more confident answer!
  4. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    All NPs are MSNs but not all MSNs are NPs. Make sure your program is designed for perusing the NP certification exam at the conclusion of the program. This is a clinical focus vs a management or education focus.

    Also some programs offer only one NP track and others offer specialized training. CRNA programs are normally separate programs from NP.
  5. Visit  Medic2RN profile page
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    Moved to Pre-Nurse Practitioner Inquiry for more of a response.
  6. Visit  blackbird singing profile page
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    Ditto what de2013 said. There are some graduate entry level that are kindof akin to ABSN programs. They are intended for students who have a bachelors in another field, and the programs are quicker than those that are typical nursing programs. Might I also add, if it is a general master's degree, make sure it is a MSN if you intend to eventually be an advanced practice nurse (APN aka nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, etc). There are some master's entry level programs that grant the MN. The difference being that if you wanted to go from the MSN to an APN, you can simply go the post master's route. You cannot do this for the MN. There are extra classes required. This is simply a word of advice from a coworker who got her MN, was told she could simply do post-masters, and when she went to apply, found out that wasn't the case.... BUT that is all for the programs that include JUST the masters and NOT the specialty courses for a chosen field (i.e. pediatric NP, psych-mental health NP, family NP, nurse midwife, etc. etc. AFAIK there are barely any master's entry level programs to be a nurse anesthetist)

    Anywho! If you are interested in becoming an APN, most of these programs will have you indicate your specialty at the time of the application. These programs consist of 1 year to 1.5 years of general nursing courses before sitting for the NCLEX. THEN you take your master's level courses (the specialty courses in peds, midwifery, or whatever) to get your MSN. Then after graduation you take the boards to become whatever APN specialty you have chosen.

    Does that make sense? haha I wrote it kind of confusingly...I completed the application process last year and will be starting a similar program in the fall, so if you have any questions at all, feel free to let me know!
  7. Visit  SHGR profile page
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    Look at the master's degree the school confers.

    NP, CNS, CRNA (anesthetist), and CNM (midwife) are advanced practice nurses.

    CNL, or clinical nurse leader, is not an APN, nor are any of the management-type degrees or nurse educator.

    Some of the direct entry programs only have CNL as an option. Each individual school will be different. CNL is the advanced generalist and the one that makes the most intuitive sense to me to be a direct entry MSN (or even MN, master's in nursing).
  8. Visit  scwolf profile page
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    Hi folks,

    Thanks for an interesting thread. I have just applied for the MEPN (entry-level Masters) at UCSF. I would love to be a NP. I know it's a longshot because the program is so competitive but I have my fingers (and toes) crossed. I will also be applying to BSN programs.

    Does anyone have thoughts on the topic of the reputation of entry-level Masters nurses out there in the work world? I've heard some talk that it can be an issue if you don't have a BSN (which some programs, like UCSF, skip).
  9. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    Quote from scwolf
    Hi folks,

    Thanks for an interesting thread. I have just applied for the MEPN (entry-level Masters) at UCSF. I would love to be a NP. I know it's a longshot because the program is so competitive but I have my fingers (and toes) crossed. I will also be applying to BSN programs.

    Does anyone have thoughts on the topic of the reputation of entry-level Masters nurses out there in the work world? I've heard some talk that it can be an issue if you don't have a BSN (which some programs, like UCSF, skip).
    This will likely vary by school and area. Around here, there is a gradual trend that hospitals are not hiring masters students because they tend to get trained, work a year, and move to an NP job. The actual BSN issue isn't as big of a problem as you do have a prior BA/BS. If you can get a BSN on the way it's great but be aware that may effect your federal financial aid.
  10. Visit  vballtrumpeter profile page
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    I've heard similar issues with hospitals being wary of hiring MSN students, which makes sense from their standpoint (why invest in someone will leave soon). I'm currently applying for ELMSN programs, so hopefully I will be able to find a solid RN gig after the first year!
  11. Visit  myelin profile page
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    Quote from scwolf
    Hi folks,

    Thanks for an interesting thread. I have just applied for the MEPN (entry-level Masters) at UCSF. I would love to be a NP. I know it's a longshot because the program is so competitive but I have my fingers (and toes) crossed. I will also be applying to BSN programs.

    Does anyone have thoughts on the topic of the reputation of entry-level Masters nurses out there in the work world? I've heard some talk that it can be an issue if you don't have a BSN (which some programs, like UCSF, skip).
    MEPN has an excellent reputation for producing quality NPs. I run into loads of MEPN grads working as NPs at all my clinical sites. You will not run into issues being hired as a NP without the BSN, as long as you have a MSN. However, if you're looking to work as a RN, I'd suggest another program for two reasons. One, we don't get the BSN, so that can hurt your chances at finding a RN position. Secondly, the market here (bay area) is a nightmare for new grad RNs and getting hired is extremely difficult, especially if you are starting advanced practice coursework and don't have time for a new grad residency.

    However, once you're a NP, I have seen few problems getting hired, especially in primary care or outpatient, especially if you're able to relocate. The market just sucks in the bay area, period. In-patient can be harder without RN experience, however, the MEPN program requires students who are likely going to work inpatient as NPs (like ACNPs) to work as RNs before completing the MSN. The people who have a hard time getting hired around here are those who come from professional programs (Kaplan, Phoneix, etc.)
  12. Visit  priorities2 profile page
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    Quote from myelin
    However, once you're a NP, I have seen few problems getting hired, especially in primary care or outpatient, especially if you're able to relocate. The market just sucks in the bay area, period. In-patient can be harder without RN experience, however, the MEPN program requires students who are likely going to work inpatient as NPs (like ACNPs) to work as RNs before completing the MSN. The people who have a hard time getting hired around here are those who come from professional programs (Kaplan, Phoneix, etc.)
    Ah, really? So in psych it's generally easier to get hired in outpatient? Is this specific to your area? I spoke with a psych RN here in the Midwest who works in a clinic and she said it's very difficult to get work as a psych nurse in an outpatient clinic before working in a hospital setting - not sure if she meant psych NP or psych RN, and I'm not sure if "hospital setting" included outpatient, but I was under the impression that in psych, outpatient requires more experience. I'd love to be corrected, as at this point my goal is to hopefully go straight to an outpatient PMHNP position.
  13. Visit  myelin profile page
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    Sounds like she meant RN, not NP. The majority of PMHNP jobs seem to be outpatient, afaik, although there are inpatient jobs as well. If you are able to relocate, then I would do PMHNP no question. The market looks like it's really good in many places, but you have to go to those places (or conveniently live in one). I'm planning on doing HRSA loan repayment and it looks like there are many sites to choose from, and they almost all appear to be outpatient - lots of community clinics (some jails, as well).
  14. Visit  priorities2 profile page
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    Okay, thanks for the info. I'm still a sophomore in college hoping to transfer to the nursing program for my junior year, so who knows how the market will change in the next 4 or more years before I could possibly get certification as PMHNP. I live in the Midwest and based on checking Indeed for new PMHNP jobs in my state from time to time, it seems that a new job is posted every few days. Not sure how this compares to other regions, but it seems reasonable to get a job considering the lowish number of PMHNPs out there. Loan repayment/relocating also sounds like a really good idea. It would also just be really interesting/difficult to be a PMHNP in a place like a Native American reservation or a small Alaskan village whose residents are mostly in tribes. I've seen some postings for those sorts of jobs as well and I imagine some have loan repayment.. reminds me of Doctors without Borders, though I'm not sure how much of a cultural different it would actually be. Sorry to be so off topic.


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