RN vs. BSN - page 2

I really want to get into the Nursing field asap. I've wasted too much time already and need some advice. What's the major difference in work and pay with RN's vs. BSN??? Also, it's pretty hard getting into an... Read More

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    Thank you guys again!

    I think i'll end up applying to as many programs as possible to see which one I get accepted to. I think most of the ABSN have GPA guidelines that I'm having trouble with. I finished my BA with only a 2.6, kind of embarassing to share with the world, but I might be able to get around that since there's a 5 or 7 year recency requirement on science courses. Which means I'll be retaking a couple of science classes again. This time around I'll be prepared and serious. Hopefully Ace them all.


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    The reason nursing schools are so crowded is due to a lack of MN/MSN nurses willing to teach.
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    Quote from pricklypear
    My BSN program was only one semester longer (only the actual nursing program) than the local com. college ASN program. I had several additional prereqs though. I decided to just get it over with.

    As for the "shortage," there really isn't one (IMHO). There is a shortage of nurses who are willing to work in many clinical areas due to staffing issues and work loads. I will probably sound bitter, but most hospitals could be fully staffed if they wanted to be. But, that would cost too much. They'd rather propagate the myth that the reason they're short is there is some kind of "shortage." This goes over better with the public than "we're too cheap to hire enough staff."
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    Califonia State Dominguez Hills has a program that can be done in modules to obtain your BSN after you have completed your RN. This way you can go to work and do it at your own pace, a lot of on line class and you may use some of your work time as clinical as long as you have a preceptor/proctor at the facility that you are working at. Check it out it may be just what you are looking for. Speaking from 15 years of nursing, I didn't have the option to get my BSN initially and it has closed some doors I would have liked to open. But I'm considering the Cal State program.Nursing field asap.

    What's the major difference in work and pay with RN's vs. BSN???

    Also, it's pretty hard getting into an Accelerated BSN here in SoCal so it seems my only choice may be to get the AA RN. Which i would be very happy with if i only knew the difference. I did take some science classes during my Univ stint. Finished with a BA but i still need A & P, and Microbio for the Nursing pre reqs.

    Thanks everybody. I can't wait to get into the field and start working.[/QUOTE]
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    Quote from mkaszukgirl
    I started with my AAS and then went on for the BSN, and now I am working on my MSN as a FNP. There is no pay difference. It would not matter which degree you initially received, for it would still be the same NCLEX exam. But, if you want management, education, or other advanced degree, you need the BSN. Just remember, you can take your time. Melinda
    A little off subject, but since you're getting your FNP, I assume you must have investigated the Physician Assistant program? What is the difference anyway, as it relates to the working world?


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