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Does an RN with an MSN need to go back to school for a BSN? I see many job posts that say 'BSN preferred'.

Friday June 27, 2014
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Dear Donna,

I was a diploma nurse who just finished a bridge program for my MSN. I have noticed that many jobs either require a BSN or state BSN required MSN preferred. Do I need to go back to school and get a BSN along with my MSN to qualify for these jobs?

MSN Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear MSN Nurse,

If you have an MSN, that trumps a BSN. So any job that requires a BSN, you are more than qualified with an MSN. When a BSN is required, it implies a 'minimum' of a BSN level of education is required. You already have surpassed that with your MSN.

Best wishes,
Donna


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