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Any full time nursing faculty with an MSN "only"? What and where do you teach? How long have you taught there?

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Jules A is a MSN and specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Universities are pressuring faculty but not so much at Community Colleges or for clinical instructors just yet. How old are you? Its definitely the wave of the future but I'm not sure there are enough of the fancy DNPs graduated yet to fill all the spots.

I have a friend who recently told a well respected university where she has worked for 5 years to pound sand when they insisted that at 55 she get her DNP. The bottom line to consider is education doesn't don't pay much, there is so much pressure to graduate anyone who pays tuition and can fog up a mirror if held under their nose, and the majority of fellow faculty are brand new nurses who have no real life experience that the whole area is souring for me. It seems like in academia the ego/prestige is inversely disproportionate to the actual income and I have no interest in that.

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I'm 31, rt now doing clinical instructor and sim lab for LVNs as well as staff nurse. I'm a BSN. I can't imagine paying 40grand for a pay cut. And yes, I agree that the prestige is disproportionate to income. I just dnt think I'm ready to leap into BSN to PHD, but can't see much value in an MSN. Thanks for the reply

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Jules A is a MSN and specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

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You are young. If you are thinking about remaining in academia it will probably be worth getting the DNP or PhD at some point. I'd try to find a job that will pay for it. :(

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Miss Infermiera2b has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Oncology.

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I am a first semester nursing student. My main instructor doesn't have anything beyond an MSN, and this is in north Florida. I go to a state school.

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I am a professor with "only" an MSN. Community Colleges already struggle with recruiting and retaining faculty, so they are not pushing doctorates yet. Even some private 4-years will take an MSN. There aren't enough DNPs and PhDs. I agree that at this point, nearly anyone with a pulse can get a DNP, we have dumbed down the curriculum so much. JMHO.

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SRDAVIS has 10 years experience and specializes in Tele, Stepdown, Med/Surg, education.

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I have my MSN and have been teaching for 6 years, I've taught at all levels LPN, ADN and currently teaching at BSN level. There are a lot of MSN educators in the building. I was asked during the interview if I would get a terminal degree of course I said " if you are willing to pay for it" with a smile. I wouldn't get at DNP and box myself into nursing. IF I decide to go back I would get a doctorate in education to broaden my options. I'm already a nurse and I can't be any more nursey than this. :)

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