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How important is it for me to get an MSN as opposed to an MA in something else?

Question:

Dear Donna,

How important is it for me to get an MSN as opposed to an MA in something else? Will it hurt my future career opportunities if I don’t have an MSN? I don’t plan to stay in the hospital setting.

Not Sure About an MSN

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Not Sure About an MSN,

If you don’t plan to stay in the hospital or clinical setting and don’t intend to teach nurses in a college setting, then an MSN is not necessary. Many nurses, including myself, have master’s degrees in other majors such as healthcare information technology, healthcare management, communication, public health, education, journalism, etc. When it comes to graduate degrees, with the exceptions I noted in the first sentence, what matters is you get the degree. What your major is, is much less important.

I always advise to choose a major with course work and curriculum interesting and exciting to you. The rest will work itself out. Read “How to get back to school” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Get-Back-to-School).

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2014-09-15T00:00:00-04:00 September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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