This is my first post so if I am doing something wrong please understand.
My name is Aaron and reside in AZ. I am in my early Forties and for the past 18 months I have been earning my pre and co-requisites (which I will have completed by the end of the first summer session) at PVCC. Like many I am very discouraged with the wait list (over 2.5 years as I have been told by numerous sources) and have chosen to look at private nursing schools. Yes, they are very expensive but I have to look at the wait verses years lost of earning potential, and with over a 2 year wait going to a private school seems the best choice (if I can obtain financing)
I havent been in school close to thirty years (left school in the ninth grade due to bad circumstances as a child) but have worked very hard to get to where I am now, VERY Hard and have a nice GPA.
I have completed my HESI and Passed. Now I have a choice to make, I have called three local hospital human resource departments to ask a simple question. "Do you hire (as a norm) new grads with an ARN or are they overlooked by a new grad with a BSN?" Their reply, from all three hospitals, was the same. " We do not over look, however we will hire the nurse with a BSN first and if we do hire a nurse with an Associates we immediately have them enroll into a program to earn their BSN" The reasoning behind this is, by a certain date (I forgot when) that in order to comply with new rules and regulations that at least 80% of all nurses in AZ (and other states to follow) have a BSN. There are also reasons due to the possibility of ObamaCare becoming a reality that this 80% has something to do with it. I will have to do some more research on this subject, but this is leading to my question.
Is it worth earning your BSN according to the trend that seems to be upon us? I ask here because I would like to hear from real people in the field. Also what are your opinions of Everest? Chamberlain? Brookline? I understand that brookline is not regionally accredited so they are pretty much out anyway. Everest will not accept your science class (bio/ap/micro and chem) credits unless you score over an 80% on your hesi exam in those areas, which I find ridiculous.
After touring all three I found Chamberlain to have their ducks in a straighter row, but again I would like your opinions. I have many more questions but for now Ill leave it at this, thank you in advance !!
Also the ASU and Chamberlain are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Eduction (CCNE) which is the big accreditation etc..
Last edit by Amerk on Jun 2, '12
: Reason: duplicate
Jun 3, '12
one of my teachers last semester also taught at chamberlin and she informed me of their accreditation status. maybe she was referring to another accreditation that they lack?
your instructor may be referring to the nlnac accreditation, which no school in arizona currently holds that accreditation. ccne is the regional accreditation that chamberlain holds in arizona through their illinois campus and has been approved by the az board of nursing.
Last edit by jasonjacobson on Jun 3, '12
: Reason: Additional information.