NP path question - page 3

I am a foreign medical graduate with no residency training here unfortunately.I am interested in Nurse Practitioner route as I think it is closest to being an MD.I have two options. 1.Do accelerated... Read More

  1. by   Skippingtowork
    Quote from MSNNP
    I am a foreign medical graduate with no residency training here unfortunately.I am interested in Nurse Practitioner route as I think it is closest to being an MD.I have two options.
    1.Do accelerated BSN in 16 months.Work a year as RN and then do NP masters degree
    2.Do Direct entry MSN in 20 months,get RN license,work some time as RN and then get post masters certificate in any NP specialty.It will take around a year to finish
    I have searched this forum about this and still not clear which path to choose.
    I have heard that to get a RN job is very tough as MSN grad rather than a BSN grad.If yes then WHY?Guys I need some serious help and your sincere suggestions on this.Please help me out
    Why are you thinking about nursing, rather than trying to get a residency? It's clear that you want to be an MD. I would suggest that you seek out other foreign medical graduates to see what they did. There are many nurses who are actually physicians in their home country. Some said they challenged the boards, but each state is different. Some went the RN/NP route. Many different options. You may want to consider studying for the exams required for MD licensure here and apply for a residency. I would ask questions from those who have MD training to get their perspective. Being a foreign medical grad does not mean no residency. Look around. Call some of those foreign graduate. Their may even be a medical association made up of doctors from your country. Good luck.
  2. by   MSNNP
    I have seen admission requirements of many CRNA schools and they require BSN.Can a MSN be eligible for those programs if he has tons of experience as RN in ICU?
    Last edit by MSNNP on Jan 31 : Reason: punctuation mark
  3. by   Rocknurse
    Quote from MSNNP
    I have seen admission requirements of many CRNA schools and they require BSN.Can a MSN be eligible for those programs if he has tons of experience as RN in ICU?
    An applicant for CRNA school is more attractive with 2 years ICU experience and a CCRN certification than with a Master's degree. However, you'd still have to complete the entire program and your prior master's would not count, so essentially you'd be paying for 2 master's degrees. The fees for a CRNA program are enormous because you can't work during the program. This doesn't make financial sense. In my opinion you'd be better off getting a BSN, then working and gaining experience which makes you more marketable and then doing either a CRNA program or an NP program. A new grad MSN would not be an attractive candidate because they have no experience. Experience is everything in nursing.

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