Thank you all for your recent comments and wisdom on a thread I started last June that sat dead until very recently. Thank you all!
I quoted Bryan because of the respect comment. As far as respect goes, I am not going to choose a degree based upon whether other nurses respect it or not. I want to be respected for what I can bring to the table, not the letters after my name.
I can't stand nurses who expect to be respected for their RN licenses, BSN's, MSN's, DNP's, or what have you, yet fall short in actual job performance whether they are a staff nurse, educator, manager, or director of what have you. You may have impressive letters after your name, but what are you actually doing for the organization to make it a better place for both employees and patients?
This was not intended to be a criticism of your post as it was very informative and really made me think. Also you pointed out that it was just a perspective to consider, not necessarily your own personal opinion.
As I pointed out earlier, my hospital has managers, directors, ect. who have a wide variety of degrees MSN, MBA, MHA, etc. so that's why I'm so confused as to what path I need to take. I've been told that they only care about having a masters period, no preference as to which discipline.
But I get what you are saying about the MSN.
I recently attended a conference at a hospital in Austin where the MSN is king, so I have seen that type of environment. I could perhaps end up at a facility like this where the MSN is an expectation.
But you are talking to someone who took the long route in nursing (LPN, then ADN, then BSN) so to me yet another nursing degree seems like another chore vs. a non-nursing degree seems more like an adventure.
I actually look forward to interacting with other students who are not nurses and come from other backgrounds.
Again, great comments from everyone and it's really helping me to think about what I'm doing.