Quote from traumaRUs
Let's keep this thread on target. Generalist MSN entry programs are here and the nursing community needs to decide how to best utilize them.
Gennaver - I know from other threads that you plan to go into the military after you graduate. However, if you didn't go into the military; then what type of jobs does the generalist-MSN entry prepare you for? Is it any different than a new-grad BSN or new-grad ADN?
Please excuse my ignorance, as I'm just very curious about this. I truly wish my circumstances had been different and I had been able to do an ADN to MSN, but in the end, I got what I wanted, so it all worked out.
Your questions are truly welcomed and respected.
Since all of us do have individual motivations and hopes post graduation, (again regardless of our degree of entry) there are many options. All new graduate entry MSN/RNs start out just as any new nurse graduate in regards to their need for orientation and preceptorship towards working as a Nurse.
There is only one MSN entry student that I know personally who has no intention of ever working bedside, her intentions are soley research.
Just as some hospitals will not hire new grad BSN for ER or Critical Care, some will not hire any new nurse, (MSN either) for those roles. Yet, some will.
In my case I do hope to both join the military, (and with them my first year minimum will be as a medical surgical bedside nurse before I am eligible to train for Critical Care, Emergency care, Oncology or Perioperative).
Something that struck me about the "almost" thread hijacking comment earlier is that when I was first working towards the BSN-which I morphed into my pre-reqs for the MSN- I had several nurse coworkers who would often say that the BSN was worthless. Many questioned its worth too stating that "you'll be doing the same job as me but, will be burdened with Charge nurse duties and not get paid for it!"
Even my own physician asked me why I was going for the MSN entry and I replied that since I was accepted to start the same fall at a two year junior college and the MSN entry that I didn't want to limit myself.
Here is another link from the AACN on the impact of education on nursing practice:
edited to add: [sorry that I am so wordy in this...the above link is regarding level of education to entry which I am sure is not new to you, the MSN entry follows the same philosophy yet, there is no research for it as with BSN yet]
Currently I am in the process of trying to write a proposal to research this and to try make a clear focus.
Just as ADNs and BSNs hope to further their education beyond their degress it is logical to consider that many MSN entry students also want to futher their education too.