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I have worked as a clinical nurse specialist in community palliative care for approximately nine years. For personal reasons I have been on a career break for the last couple of months.

I have worked as a clinical nurse specialist in community palliative care for approximately nine years. For personal reasons I have been on a career break for the last couple of months.

I have recently applied for a part-time post as a hospital-based lung cancer CNS, a position I was invited to apply for by the senior nurse. My dilemma however is this: I completed the Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing at the Institute for Cancer Research several years ago.

I am experienced, but I realise somewhat under-qualified for a CNS role, but have delayed commencing a degree pathway due to family commitments. I would now like to consider undertaking such a degree, either in oncology or palliative care, but I am unsure whether to start with a BSc course or jump straight to a MSc.

Am I likely to be accepted onto an MSC course without a Bachelor's degree? I would welcome your advice.

Barbara Taylor.

Answer:

Unfortunately I am not really able to answer your query as it deals with a very specialised area. In order to get the best advice on this matter I suggest you should talk to your line manager or other appropriate professional in each of the fields - oncology and palliative care. That person, having intimate knowledge of the field in question would be able suggest WHICH qualification would be best for you and suggest a time frame for your studies.
I am assuming that you are you now employed in that Senior Nurse role that was offered. If so this is a most important as you are once again employed in a nursing role and will be able to get professional advice in your place of work..
I hope this is helpful.

Tim Dotchin
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