Quote from paula77720
what made you decide to take their MSN program? I am starting the rn-bsn this summer but i am also considering their MSN program for RN with non-nursing bachelor graduates. Only an additional year and you can have your masters instead of BSN. But my dear hubby is cynical about it -- says ok for BSN but not for MSN coz it will not look good with hospitals when you apply.
what do you think?
Hi Paula - Well, I work at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and there are no bigger snobs about higher education than hospitals attached to universities. BUT, I've also found that a BSN is a BSN no matter where it came from (as long as it's accredited of course), they just like those letters behind your name, doesn't matter that they only pay a whopping .50 +- more an hour and it means nothing on the floor to anyone. If the hospital truly felt the BSN was a big deal they would pay for the difference, they don't. And the doctors don't care either.
With a BSN, at my hospital, I can maybe be a charge nurse, who wants to do that? That's just nursing with more pains attached.
But an MSN will let me do lots of things at the hospital, research, staff education, nurse recruitment, manage clinics within or attached to the hospital, etc, etc, etc. I've talked to different managers and the head nurse recruiter (who knows I'd like to have her job). She's very very encouraging about the MSN. Distance degrees are becoming so common that they are highly acceptable where I work. Again, it's a matter of getting the letters behind my name. Plus the MSN positions pay so much more than .50/hour. Substantially more.
So for me it came down to either going for a BSN (I have another degree so I've already played the higher education game), needing 9 classes, or going for an MSN, needing 14 classes total (4 BSN classes are needed prior to or concurrent with the MSN application and the MSN has 10 classes). Since my employer will pay for the whole thing (must be okay if they will pay for it) why not do that. At 48, I don't have time to go two years+ to get the BSN and then 3 more years for an MSN. To me it just boils down to why go for the silver when you can go for the gold. And if I don't get in this November, I'll have time to finish the BSN while I wait for another year to try again. Either way I'm making progress.
And by the way, I happen to believe their is NO difference between the ADN and the BSN and my heart will always lie with the ADN's. In my neck of the woods, a BSN has NO MORE nursing classes than the ADN, they just have more liberal arts. Doesn't make a hill of beans difference, both are professionals, neither is "better" than the other. Everytime I read a 22 year old BSN student's post about BSN's being the better nurse and how they will change the world because they will be the professional (their BSN instructor's told them so!), I just laugh. After you've been a nurse a while, you discover it makes no difference (you probably already know that). You just slog along beside the ADN's and LPN's and do the job. Whatever!
Don't let your husband discourage you. Call UW. They are wonderful! Just don't take my spot in the program. :chuckle Good luck!