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Advice on nursing...

Vicki Fox trauma-list@trauma.org
Wed, 26 Jun 2002 13:39:11 -0500


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