Are there any missed opportunities or drawbacks to go from an A.D.N program to a M.S.N program without going through a B.S.N. program first?
The different levels bring different experiences. training and levels of skills and management all of which you might be expected to know or experienced but didn’t. Sort of like going from bus boy to manager. It can be done, BUT After 52 yrs, I’ve seen the drawbacks of jumping. I’ve seen probs for people who attempt the jump–but life gets in the way. The BSN is only 2 yrs but when you finish, the BSN is yours and no one can take that away-if you attempt the jump, and can’t finish it in time, for any reason, you are still an ADN. Remember when you finished the ADN–how you felt like skills and experience were missing? It will feel like that–magnified with medical and managerial experience missing. If $ or time or another valid reason necessitates jumping only you know but there will be experiences you will be missing. Good luck whatever you choose.
RN, MS, FNPC
I think before you decide to go from an ADN program to MSN program, you should at least have about 5 years clinical experience. This will help you to better understand the ins and outs of nursing. As far as a BSN, I do not think you need a BSN before doing a Masters program, and anyone who tells you that does not understand the pathway. You will take courses within your Masters program that will satisfy your BSN requirement. Now, if you want an actual BSN, you are also welcome to go that route, but it is not necessary, and a complete waste of money. I have a MSN, and a Nurse Practitioner. When I went into my MSN program, I had 15 years of nursing under my belt. I also had a bachelors degree, but in another field. I found no reason to waste time and money getting a BSN degree, and the point of the ADN to MSN pathway is to avoid the redundancy. Getting my MSN was the best thing I could have ever done, and the opportunities and doors opening are endless.
It is time for you to do your own research, and find out what is best for your career path. You do not need a BSN if you are entering an ADN to MSN program. Again, do you research!
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