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RN-to-MSN Programs Offering Employment


[EDIT] Quick question: does anyone know of any RN (Associate's degree) to MSN programs that offer strong hiring preference or a limited number of reserved slots for the employment of their student nurses at an affiliated hospital?

By this, I mean a program that allows them to workas nurses while they're in the MSN program.

Apologies in advance if this has already been covered, but all the searches I've conducted haven't brought up anything addressing my specific question. Thank you.

Edited by InfantryVet2014

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

I doubt that you will find any program, regardless of degree offered (nursing or non) that will offer guaranteed employment. Reasons are multiple:

1. There must be enough open positions to accommodate an entire graduating class. Not likely, especially if there is more than 1 graduating class per year.

2. The employer would have a constant influx of people with no to little experience. Skill mix is important in patient care- those with experience can be resources to those less experienced.

3. Nothing in life is 100%. A school offering such a promise is one that I wouldn't trust.

4. Managers and HR, not schools, determine who gets what job.

5. New grads aren't always the best applicant for a position. It's a lot of money to train them and get them working independently. Why spend that when an experienced person will need much less orientation?

Rose, you're absolutely right... let me amend my original post:

Are there any RN-to-MSN programs that offer strong hiring preference or a limited number of reserved employment slots to their student-nurses at an affiliated institution?

On the other hand, I was referring to employment while they are students at the MSN program.

I understand that the issue of employment is up to HR, but I'm wondering if there are programs that perhaps incorporate HR criteria into the admissions process. This happens to a limited extent in traditional BSN programs, for instance, at OSU where students often work as PCAs at Wexner.

I mean, why would a more selective program want to matriculate nurses who they wouldn't be interested in hiring?

Edited by InfantryVet2014

In my experience, medical centers that are affiliated with universities with nursing programs are accustomed to having the nursing graduate students want to work at least prn and are good about hiring them. When I was in grad school, the university medical center was v. pleasant and mellow about hiring me to work prn (and my classmates who wanted to work, also) and working around my school schedule. Many of the nurse managers in the medical center had gone through the same graduate program, and were v. collegial and understanding about the demands of the program.

Best wishes!


Thank you for sharing that first-hand experience. That's very encouraging!

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

Well, kind of the reverse. Some medical centers will have a lot of RNs that attend their affiliated university because of their benefits packages include reduced or free tuition.

Our benefit package includes free 8 credit hours each semester at a university that the company is affiliated with. However, I go to a different university. Another RN is going the route I did and went to Ohio University instead of their affiliated university.


Out of curiosity, what university was the fellow RN's place of employment affiliated with? I'm in OU's territory of influence, and its admissions policy seems to be pretty liberal. I'm wondering what advantages OU offered that the affiliated university did not confer?

Thank you.

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

I wish I knew. I think it may be the classes 1 at a time versus taking multiple classes during the semester such as the 5 week format. There may be one or two other classes like medical ethics and biodiversity that OU doesn't require. It may also have been that I was able to complete it quickly and posted online about my success that made others jealous? OU also isn't that expensive and it's less than a new car. OU's program is also huge and well-established when compared to the local but still well-known university with a medical college attached.