I'm a new member and this is my first post. I wonder if any of you all would have some advice as to which nursing program I should choose? I'm starting my third career (in my fifties!) and I can't afford a bad career choice at this point.
Here's my goal--as far as I can formulate a goal having never nursed before!
First choice: become a Nurse Educator and eventually teach in a college or university college. (this is a logical goal, since I taught for 10 years and loved all but the discipline. Presumably I wouldn't need to send nursing students to detention!)
Second choice: become a Nurse Practitioner? or better, combine this in a practice with educating--best of both worlds.
I've been accepted to two East coast schools that stand high in all the ratings I can find. They cost about the same (staggering amounts).
One college offers an accelerated BSN + 15 credits towards a Masters.
The other offers an accelerated MSN, training me as Clinical Nurse Leader, whatever that may be. a generalist?
My question is, given my end goal, would either be the better course of study? Will I face job discrimination later, if I don't first earn a BSN? (The MSN offers plenty of clinical hours).
If I go the BSN route, then I'll need to get a specialized MSN, and NP, I presume, to reach my goal.
If I go the MSN route, I'll need to get at least a certificate for an NP.
Costwise and timewise, these two routes are just about equal. But what about careerwise? Any thoughts, advice, warnings would be gratefully accepted!
Apr 25, '07
Quote from mvanz9999
I'm in the other camp.
It depends on your age and goals IMO. I do think that having nursing experience before becoming a nurse practitioner is important, but for me I don't really have the time or money to get both a second BSN and an MSN.
I also know that you're going to get a lot of heat from both sides on the issue. I think what it comes down to is what you can afford in both time and money. Just because you have an MSN and NP certificate does not mean that you absolutely cannot work as an RN. So that's essentially why I took this route.
Well, that kind of makes sense. Go ahead and get your MSN out of the way (you're young, I'm not understanding why you're saying you don't have time. I'm 47 and still finishing up my BSN.
), but still work as a nurse to get the experience and then go into advaced practice.
Last edit by Tweety on Apr 25, '07