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Wed, 26 Jun 2002 13:39:11 -0500
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Russ_ I have never regretted having a BSN. However, I have many colleagues who had the chance to get a BSN, but didn't for a variety of reasons, and regretted making that decision later. They wished they had when they wanted to go into management or when they wanted to advance clinically with an advanced degree in nursing (MSN) as Clinical Specialist or Nurse Practitioners. Now, I have numerous colleagues returning to school for that BSN because they want to be team leaders or nurse managers. Many others are returning because they want to go to graduate school. Many graduate schools of nursing now offer Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs and Trauma NP programs, in addition to the more traditional family or pediatric NP programs. These programs prepare an NP to care for critically ill and injured patients. I agree that age is irrelevant. You are 40 now. In 4 years, you will be 44 whether or not you get a BSN. I was 37 when I got my MSN as a med-surg clinical specialist, and 47 when I completed my post master' Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. At 52, I am happily managing patient care in collaboration with 3 trauma surgeons in a busy Level II Trauma Center. Good luck! Vicki J Fox, RN, MSN, ACNP-CS Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Trauma Service - Trinity Mother Frances (903) 531-5560