Will going from ADN straight to MSN allow me to still work as a floor nurse?


I understand that a MSN in nursing usually comes with options in management or education. Although most RN to MSN programs also includes a BSN curriculum, they don't all award a BSN along with a MSN. So if I don't obtain my BSN and go straight for my MSN, will I still be considered for staff nurse positions on the floor?

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Hmm - there may be some screwy online application systems that would 'out screen' your application if you omitted BSN and it was included in the the job qualifications. They're stupid that way.

Otherwise, I don't think you'll have a problem. Just don't expect to paid at a higher rate than your BSN co-workers if an MSN is not required for the job. I agree with GrnTea - there are a lot of MSNs working in staff nurse positions these days, particularly those with 'generic' MSNs (no clinical specialization). The folks who ARE running into problems with relocating to other states are the MSN-entry folks (no undergrad nursing degree). I know of two instances where BONs didn't recognize MSN as 'basic nursing education' and didn't grant licensure.

netglow, ASN, RN

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I have read on this forum of nurses having problems precisely because there was no BSN granted on the way to MSN. I really wish things were not so scattered in nursing - it is hard for anyone to make an educated decision on what to do! So many end up throwing money out the window. Things change fast in nursing, really it's just as the wind blows. If I were to go to MSN I'd find a program that gives a BSN along the road to the MSN. I've even seen to my astonishment a job ad that stated only BSNs from 4 year college/university programs will be considered.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

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Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

sure. We have MSN nurses on the floor.

BrandonLPN, LPN

3,358 Posts

Has 5 years experience.

Ok, stupid question here. So someone can have a batchelors in something other than nursing and be eligible to enter a MSN program? Isn't BSN a perquisite for entering a MSN program?

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