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So, after my BSN I have 3 things in mind 1. Do nothing and just enjoy myself for once 2. Enroll in the NP program at UNCW, permitting that I am accepted and knock that out while we are living there, 3. Enroll in a Nursing Admin MSN program at UT-Arlington and go that route.

I know that NP v. Nurse Administrator are two vastly different fields, but wondering if some of you might be able to tell me some of your experiences with either; maybe some things to think about that I hadn't thought about regarding why you did or didn't?

I just can't make up my mind about which way I want to go; which if that doesn't happen any time soon, I may just wait until I am 100% sure, but you know me... always thinking one step ahead.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:37 AM
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NP track is longer and has clinical placement which can be hard to find.
Nursing Adminstration is great if you want to go into management. You can get your MSN then go for your NP.

Bigger question where do you want your career to go?
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If you are wanting to take a wee break after your BSN, get some different experiences as you can. That might help in your decision. Then you can re-evaluate your long term goals.
If it were me, and I was choosing between the 2 I would go MSN first as then you can always go for NP later if that choice was not what I though it would be.
I think you'd do well either way.
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I think NFE hit the nail on the head with saying where do you want to go with your career. What do you see yourself doing in say 10yrs time.
Good questions though that you have asked.
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The reason I chose MSN-NP is because with a MSN-NP you can go into management (our CNO is a NP) or you can go into Education (I know several NP's that are teaching online) or you can be an NP.

I would work for a while in different areas before making up my mind. In the meantime you could take courses one at a time that are required for all modalities like Advanced Patho, Advanced Research, Advanced Nursing Practice, etc....

I took about a 6 month break between BSN and MSN and am not regretting it.

You'll do great whatever you decide!!!
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Thanks! Yes, I think I really am growing into my own skin as a nurse. My floor closing was the biggest blessing in disguise. It allowed me to experience different units, different specialties and become more well rounded. I've learned a lot, and I hope I will continue learning a lot more as I go. I know so little, compared to how much there is to know. Who knows, maybe I will never go back... that's possible, but I know at the least I will never stop learning. :)
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