Graduate Nursing Education

  1. I am a RN that obtained a diploma in nursing 11+ years ago. In the fall will will be completing my BSN degree. Because graduation is close on the horizon, I am now considering my graduate options. Critical care is my clinical/management specialty, but I have been in administrative positions for about the past three years.

    I am interested in other nurses' opinions on whether it is more beneficial to obtain a MSN or another type of Masters degree, in this current healthcare climate.

    Your opinions will be greatly considered.

    KBC RN
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  3. by   bluesboyj
    I only have an ADN and really don't have any desire to pursue a BSN or other degree but if I did I would go for NP, CRNA, or perfusionist and I'd pick NP in cardilolgy. I heard of a NP program in Penn. that has the class learning Swan-Ganz insertions so when they graduate, they'll do all the SG caths rather than the PAs or other MDs.

    Blues Forever
  4. by   barb o
    If you're a management type and really love management, go for a management degree--an MBA or MSN/MBA. They're begging for those people because most of us aren't crazy enough to deal with all the baloney and politics.
  5. by   LaurieCRNP2002
    I am an RN who has started to take classes towards my Master's degree in order to be a Nurse Practitioner. In reference to the NP program at Penn which teaches these skills, the specific program is the Acute/Tertiary NP program, which is what I am interested in (I'm taking my 2nd class as a non-matriculated student at Penn). However, I've been hearing recently that it is not easy to get a job as an acute care NP (at least in the Phila. area)--if I want to work in the hospital setting, I may have to consider moving unless things "open up". Anybody who has any further info about the job market for acute care NP's in other parts of the country, I am most interested--you may email me privately at or post a reply to the bulletin board. Thanks very much!

  6. by   barb o
    To laurie,
    I just finished up an Acute Care NP program in December, have passed my boards (what a trip!) and have been looking for a job. I live in a major Midwestern city and have been unsuccessful in my attempts thus far. I have been looking since October. My feeling is that, if you work with physicians who are interested and supportive of developing the role and who can offer you a job when you are finished, go for it. Otherwise you are going to have a hard time finding a job. Relocation is always a possibility, but there are problems with that as well--getting a license can be a major hassle, and what if you have to move not only yourself, but a family with school aged kids? What if the job doesn't turn out to be what you thought, and your options for other jobs in the area are non-existent? I am discouraged because I went back for this program which I wich was in existence 10 years ago. At that time, I got a degree in nursing management. I was told about all the doors that would open for me, but what I encountered then was the "You don't have any experience in the role" line, or the, "Well, we gave the job to someone who knows how to say yes all the time." Now, nursing is begging for degreed managers because most of us aren't willing to put up with the crap. I always enjoyed clinical nursing and the ACNP seemed to be the answer, but I am afraid that once again, I will be confronted with the "Well, you don't have any experience in the role" excuse and will become frustrated and disillusioned that I will take a job doing something else and my skills will be wasted or unused. Perhaps I just don't know how to market myself. Any suggestions? I would also ask the nursing school about job placement after graduation and see what kind of answer they give you. Make them be specific. If I had asked, I may not have completed the program.....