Here is some information I found out about the
difference between a BSN and MSN when I asked a nurse that teaches at Saddleback
Degree goals all depend on the career goal
of the individual. If they love bedside nursing, as I did, an ADN is a
great starting place. I fully believe that this is the best place for
everyone to begin as it lays the foundation for what health care and
nursing are all about.
MSN degrees usually lead to more autonomy
for a nurse and are required for advance practice such as a nurse
practioner. These people specialize in all sorts of areas e.g.
maternal-child health, cardiac, etc. An MSN is also required for anyone
who wants to teach in the nursing field.
My opinion, and it's only that, are that
people are more apt to get a job with an ADN or BSN. These are entry
level positions. Most MSN's have been in bedside practice before moving
into more advanced areas.
Most people, fresh out of school, take an
entry level job in a hospital. A few go into specialized practice
working with a physician, but this is very much the exception.
As with any job, experience and time in the
field directly affect one's pay scale.
The profession is pushing to have BSN as the
entry level only, but I doubt that this is going to take hold, given the
shortage nationwide. However, it is absolutely important to go on for a
BSN. This definitely opens up doors that are not available to an ADN
You might also want to ask Dr. Johe Morris these
questions. She is our skills lab specialist and very much up on all the
educational and professional venues available. I think her email is
Hope this helps. Let me know if I may be of