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MSN to NP...how long?

jyrn jyrn (New) New

:redbeatheI will have earned my MSN in 5/2009. People tell me it would take one year only to get my NP. Is this true? Would you be a NP again if you had to do it over?

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

I would look into various programs. I did a post-MSN adult health CNS which took two semesters. However, I used all my PTO time in order to do clinicals. It was a very hectic year! I work in an APN role and yes, indeed I would do it again.

Sunflower3

Has 23 years experience. Specializes in NPD; Administration; M/S; Critical Care.

Trauma,

Was things hectic because you were working FT/PT while doing school, or was the learning the curriculum a heavy load in itself?

Thanks,

Sunflower3

I would look into various programs. I did a post-MSN adult health CNS which took two semesters. However, I used all my PTO time in order to do clinicals. It was a very hectic year! I work in an APN role and yes, indeed I would do it again.

Did you do the CNS first or the APN? If you did the CNS first, how long to get the APN? Thank you for answering me. jy

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Has 20 years experience. Specializes in CTICU.

The CNS *is* the APN... in Illinois where the poster is from.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

Thanks ghilbert. Yes, I did my MSN with a concentration in management and leadership, then went immediately back to school for the adult health CNS.

It was busy but doable - I did work fulltime and go to school fulltime but my kids were adults at the time so that made things bearable. My husband is super supportive also.

Sunflower3

Has 23 years experience. Specializes in NPD; Administration; M/S; Critical Care.

Trauma,

Thanks for this insight. Did you think that the APN curriculum was a heavier work load than your management/leadership? My MSN will be in education, and outside of APA formated papers and discussion postings, it's not been hard, just time consuming.

Thanks again,

Sunflower3

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

The APN portion (at least the adult health CNS that I did) was demanding in a different type of way - the clinicals were extremely interesting and I really liked that a lot. We didn't do nearly as many papers as in the MSN program but then, once you have the core MSN classes out of the way, most of what I did was hands-on. (I like that much better than endless papers!)

Sunflower3

Has 23 years experience. Specializes in NPD; Administration; M/S; Critical Care.

So, it was a lot of memorization and demonstration of practical applications? Thanks again for this great information!:)

Thanks,

Sunflower3

Thank you everyone for your responses.

I will have my CNL/MSN in 5/2009. One part of me wonders if I should become a nurse practitioner. I am not sure how long it would take though. jy

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

Check into different programs. Since the CNL MSN is not considered an APN role but more of a generalist MSN, you would at least have the MSN out of the way and only need the clinical courses.

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