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Nursing Requirements and Qualifications

What are the pros and cons of requiring a nurse to have a BSN for entry into practice? Is the MSN necessary for the advanced practice role? Do all states require the MSN? Please help me answer these questions.

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1. What are the pros and cons of requiring a nurse to have a BSN for entry into practice?

In all States, to obtain a nursing license, students must graduate from a nursing program and pass a national licensing examination; licenses must be periodically renewed and some States require continuing education for licensure renewal. The Nurse Licensure Compact Agreement allows a nurse who is licensed and permanently resides in one of the member States to practice in the other member States without obtaining additional licensure. In 2006, 20 states were members of the Compact, while 2 more were pending membership. All States require periodic renewal of licenses, which may require continuing education (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_do_you_have_to_go_to_college_to_be_an_Operating_Room_nurse)

The three major educational paths to nursing from an approved nursing program are:

? Associate degree in nursing (A.D.N.) (2 years) offered by community and junior colleges.
? Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (B.S.N.) (4-5 years) offered by colleges and universities.
? Diploma (2-3 years) given in hospitals, last 2 to 3 years (http://www.collegegrad.com/career/healthcarecareer.shtml).

Individuals considering nursing should carefully weigh the pros and cons of enrolling in a B.S.N. ...

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This solution discusses the pros and cons of requiring a nurse to have a BSN for entry into practice, as well as if a MSN is necessary for the advanced practice role and if all states require the MSN? Please help me answer these questions.

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