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Where to start on deciding on MSN program?

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After finishing my RN-BSN degree, I am planning on pursing my MSN. How do I decide what type of MSN program to apply for? #lovenursing #msn #bsn #medicine #doctor #healthcare #hospital-and-healthcare #med-school #nurse #nursing

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jose’s Answer

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This a very interesting question!!. usually, the answer lies inside of everyone, during your nursing program you have the opportunity to attend the 4 major topics of healthcare which are medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, and mental health. The majority of the students have a decision made prior to graduation of which area they are attracted.

If for that time you haven't done a decision about a specialty and the idea of a master's is still on you, a good recommendation from my perspective is the Family Nurse Practitioner program, since it covers all the specialties named above, you can work with adult patients as well as pediatrics and women.

If on the contrary you are decided for a specific area there is plenty of options you can search into such as Anesthesiology, Midwife, Critical care, mental, informatics, forensics, etc.

The most important is how comfortable you feel with the option chosen, which requires the prospective extensive research to find the program that matches their specific needs.

I hope that this helps you in finding the right path through your masters.

Jose Sanchez Sosa FNP-C

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Jessica’s Answer

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Hi Angela,

Just like with any other Master’s degree, there are so many options when pursuing a Master’s in Nursing. It’s up to you to decide what your end goals in nursing are to direct what your Master’s will be in. Do you want to do Nursing Informatics? Forensic? Anesthesia? Education? Nurse practitioner? Because there are Master’s degrees available for all those areas. So it’s really up to you to decide what area to pursue your advanced degree in. I hope that this answered your question, and good luck in your next steps of furthering your education!
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Corin’s Answer

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I suggest you work for a few years before deciding what you want to get an MSN in. Outside of clinical practice nurses have the opportunity to lead companies, work in the legal field, research and influence policy amongst other things. When I originally graduated I was dead set on being a Nurse Anesthetist. However, my career took a turn when I was introduced to informatics. When you find a field that inspires you to do more, that is when you will know what to get your master's in.

Corin recommends the following next steps:

  • Work for a few years.
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