Published May 23, 2004
when u get a BSN what specialties can u work as now that u couldn't when u were just a RN with an ADN?
Really there aren't any specialties that require a BSN where I live except for public and community health
so what education is required to be a certified nurse midwife or a neonatal nurse practioner
A BSN, plus a Masters degree. (Though I am sure there are some programs that allow an ADN to enter and earn a MSN directly, most require a BSN before beginning the program).
There are quite a few RN to MSN direct programs. Give me a state and I'll let you know what colleges have programs.
With "just" an associate's degree, most RN's can work anywhere in the hospitals, "speciality areas" such as peds, L and D, ICU, etc., included. You can also do home health care in the communities. But if you want to be a school or community health nurse, as fergus already said, you need a BSN or higher. Now, If you want advanced practice certification/eligibility, (Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practicioner such as Pediatric NP, Neonoatal NP--etc.), plan on a post-graduate program of study, at least Master's and post-graduate certification classes, as well.
The only nursing jobs that I've seen in which a BSN is absolutely required are management (ie. nurse manager for floor) and research -- at least in my hospital. However, the organization is very supportive in assisting RNs to obtain higher degrees, including at the Master's level.
traumaRUs, MSN, APRN
No one is "just" an anything. Everything serves a valued purpose and has an important job. In our hospital you have to have a BSN in order to aspire higher than staff nurse. Nothing wrong with that - it all adds up to professionalism.
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