There are a bunch of existing threads here on the CNL role -- have you looked at them?
No one in my entire region (in the Southeast) is using CNLs, period
. And I think it's highly debatable that an MSN would give you an edge in hiring for entry level, new grad positions over those who went through a traditional, conventional nursing program. I'm certainly no expert on that question, however.
You say that the CNL program would take the same amount of time as a BSN program. Is there a significant difference in cost
between the CNL program and any BSN program(s) you may have looked at? If you're going to be taking out student loans, even a relatively small difference in the principal of any loans you take out now will be a big
difference in cost by the time you've paid back the loans with interest over years.
Have you looked at any accelerated BSN programs? Those are for people who already have a BA/BS in another subject, and typically take 12-18 months (depending on the individual school).
Also, if you know you want to end up an FNP (or pedi NP), have you looked at direct entry MSN programs that would put you directly into an NP program?
Best wishes for your journey!