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How hard is it to do a Masters in Nursing?

Is it hard to get into the Masters programs and how hard is it to actually get the masters, I know that each exam has a higher passing rate when it comes to Masters so I was wondering

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Tonya’s Answer

How hard is it to do a Masters in Nursing, depends on who you ask and how one defines hard.

The reason for my comment is, if someone loves what they are studying, realizes acquiring a Masters means you have decided to take on more responsibilities in the nursing practice to serve and be a reliable resource to others with scientific knowledge, nursing expertise, competency, and dedication; and realize you will need to be dedicated to your studies, then one may not see it as hard.

For example, when I was pursing my Masters to become a Midwife, it was hard because there was new material to study and late study nights. I had to work with another advance care practice nurse/doctor in the healthcare setting to learn how to take care of patients in the advance role, learn more in-depth aspects of medication because I had to learn how to prescribe medications and the rules and laws of prescribing. At the same time, I had to balance working and family responsibilities with school. I think the balance of everything together was challenging. What I found made days easy, was help from supportive family, taking care of myself with sleep, a day off to have safe fun, good nutrition, and focus on my goals and not detractions.

The higher pass rate for the exam depends on the Masters program. For example, in some specialties in nursing you need to take an exam to be a certified nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, or certified nurse anesthetist. While, another exam could be obtained after receiving a Masters in Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership and working for a set amount of hours to be eligible to take a certification exam.

Someone else may answer; working towards a Masters in Nursing is easy. And, that is just fine. You can ask the person, what made it easy such as study skills, time management, what other responsibilities did they have, and tips that worked for them.

All, and All…achieving a Masters was fun to me, because I was able to focus on a specialty in nursing that I believe in, there were more opportunities to serve others in various settings, and I enjoy learning.

If you identify something as hard, discover what is the hard aspect of the goal/activity and find answers to work hard and work smart to achieve your goals.

All the best.
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Melissa’s Answer

Well, that depends on you. Here are some questions to really ask yourself. It’s ok to be honest. No one will know.

How are my grades when I try my hardest?

Am I good at math and science?

Do I have good study habits or do I tend to slack off?

Am I motivated, or do I give up easily?

Am I willing to understand complex material, or will I quit when it’s too hard?

Am I willing to sacrifice doing things when others are wondering why I am choosing to study?

Do I tend to make excuses instead of doing what I know I’m capable of doing?

How bad do I want this?

What is my reason, my motivation? Will it be enough to push me through to the end?

‘Hard’ is subjective. The short answer is it is very hard, especially if you are not honest with yourself.

But I believe anything is possible. We can do hard things.

I went to nursing school when I was 35. I had a breastfeeding newborn (this is a 24 hour job 😉), a 3 year old and a 6 year old at the time. I was a single parent.

This was incredibly hard.

But I went to school. And I graduated at the top of my class and was VP of the school nurse association. I delivered the pinning ceremony speech- a great honor. I did it. Nothing could stop me.

It was hard and it was good.

I’m not bragging- I’m just telling you that hard things are possible when you have dedication, purpose, and drive.

I went back to school to get the BSN when I was working nights, still a single parent with three young children.

It was hard. And it was good.

I had cancer throughout the BSN program, but I didn’t know it. I found out the day I turned in my last assignment for my last class in that program that I had stage IV lymphoma metastasized to my bone marrow, and from head to toe. Yes, this is a true story. lol.

I survived, so I went to get my MSN FNP. My children were teenagers (a 24+ hour job 😂).

It was hard and it was good.

Go get 'em. We can do hard things.