CNA to MSN – A Chance to Achieve Your Ultimate Goals!
If you want to climb to the very top of the nursing industry’s ladder, you’ve got to have your MSN (or Master of Science in Nursing). If you are working as a CNA right now, moving forward with plans to become a MSN nurse can help make your career dreams come true!
Why becoming a MSN?
If you have a Master of Science in Nursing, you are considered to be an Advanced Practice Nurse.
That means you can do lots of things that doctors do – like be a midwife, see patients as a Nurse Practitioner or even work as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist.
Alternatively, you can work as a Nurse Educator, meaning you’ll have a job teaching future nurses!
In short, there is nothing you can’t do with an MSN!
So, how do you go from CNA to MSN?
To get into any MSN program, you will need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an RN license, good grades and plenty of clinical experience. You can also go for your MSN if you already have a Bachelor’s Degree in something other than nursing.
On this route, you’ll get credit for some of your undergrad work, so you can wind up being an MSN nurse in about three years.
Your first year will be full of basic nurse training, and the final two years will consist of very advanced training.
OK, so you can’t go directly from a CNA to an MSN; so if you are currently working as a CNA, how do you get there?
Luckily, your CNA certification can look very impressive to an admissions’ staff, both at the BSN and MSN levels.
After all, working as a CNA will allow you to show off your skills to doctors and higher-level nurses on a daily basis – which means you’ll be in a perfect position to get great references.
Plus, your hands-on experience will go a long way towards showing your potential program that you’ve got the right stuff.
If you want to really streamline the CNA to MSN process, see if there is a bridge program that you can sign up for. While they aren’t as common as other bridge programs, they are out there! That way, you’ll get credit for the training you have already received.
And, in many cases, you’ll be able to get undergraduate and graduate-level courses all in the same program!
Looking for a way to work towards your MSN while you continue with your current nursing work?
After all, most people don’t have the luxury of leaving their jobs behind and becoming full-time students.
Luckily, there are plenty of Master of Science in Nursing programs online that will give you the training you need. (In fact, heading online is becoming a more popular option by the day!)
Just like the in-person programs, you will have the opportunity to pick an MSN specialty. Unlike the in-person programs, though, you’ll be able to be more flexible with your time. Since you’ll be taking classes right from your computer, you can do them on nights, weekends, or even part-time, so that you don’t have to give up everything else in your life!
While it will take some hard work to go from being a CNA to an MSN, the rewards you’ll see will totally be worth it!
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