Post # 1
Are there any nurse bees who would like to PM me?
I am trying to decide what the next step in my education should be.
I’m enrolling in community college for the pre-requisites for a 2nd degree BSN program, but have recently found several other programs that are 3 year master’s programs for those with non-nursing bachelor degrees.
Eventually I did want to be a PRN, but I don’t know if it’s a good idea to do a 3 year program right away, or do the 1-1.5 year BSN program, and work on the masters while working.
What did you do, how did you decide?
Thanks so much, bees!
Post # 3
@ellabee: I dont know what PM means but I am in a nursing program and have got advice from many people. What is your current degree in? and do you know you honestly love nursing, that would be a huge factor on committing to a 3 year masters program or just a BSN. Many suggest that you just get your basic RN and then work a few years in a hospital setting. All of the masters programs I am aware of are specialty such as anesthesia, physiatrics, etc. This could also be a plus to working a few years as a basic RN and then deciding what you want to specialize in.
Post # 4
@lockha: PM is private message, up in the right hand corner of the screen.
@ellabee: You could PM helenberrycrunch, she is a nurse and I am sure would be happy to answer your questions.
Post # 5
If you want to eventually have a higher degree I would go with the 3 year program just because it would seem hard to go back to school again. I’m going into my senior year of a BSN program this fall and its hard for me to imagine going back for a masters at this point lol. Good luck!
Post # 6
May I ask what are these master’s degrees in? I am a nurse and most of the degrees I’ve seen for master’s require at least 1-2 years experience.
Post # 7
I agree with this. I’ll be blunt and honest as I work with many nursing students and new grads, some get out there in the real word and don’t like nursing like they thought they did. I’ve been a nurse for almost 6 years mow and love it. I also DISAGREE that it would be hard to go back. I’m 31 and back in school and I know many people that work a few years then go back bc they’ve learned what area they want to focus on. Most masters programs focus on a particular area and I would want to be sure I really love that specialty before going through that. I say get your BSN and get your feet wet and feel what you love or are interested in then go for a masters. But this is just my opinion. I hope this helps!
Post # 8
@lockha: Thank you for the input. Yes, I have been sure for a couple years now, but too chicken to follow through. I finally got a volunteer position last summer as an MA and loved it. At that point I was undecided between doctor and nurse. I realize that there is a big difference in schooling and in their roles, but at the time I volunteered, I wasn’t sure how that difference played out in what each person did in their “every day” work.
I am sure this is the path I want to pursue. There are only a few schools with a master’s in nursing that go for students with a bachelors in a non-nursing field. These programs are typically 3 years, and you take your NCLEX and become an RN (given you study hard and pass) after 1.5 years.
I already have a master’s degree (non nursing– it’s in research: biology/genetics)
@tksjewelry: Thank you!
@mariem27: 🙂 Congrats on getting to your senior year! That is an accomplishment! I am actually desperate to go back to school. I know I need a career that has continuing education (and probably want to have a side position as adjunct faculty), so going back isn’t the problem. I just want to make sure I understand what’s out there.
All my family and friends that I’ve told have said “Why get a second bachelors? Did you know there are masters degrees in nursing for those without a bachelor’s in nursing?”
I didn’t realize that, and have looked into it more recently. Sounds almost “too good to be true.” That’s why I’ve come to the hive to ask. 🙂
@RoRoRo: The schools that offer this (for the most part) require you to have a state certification, but it can be a student certification. They want you to legally be able to do your clinicals. This is a special program for those with a non nursing bachelors degree. I cannot enroll in standard master’s program in nursing.
Most of these schools have up to 10 specialties (and it’s different for each school).
@MissGreen:Thank you for your input. This is very helpful! That is exactly the kind of advice I was asking for. 🙂