All of the jobs that I want say BSN preferred

  1. I am only a year away from getting my BSN, and next semester I can actually enroll in 500 level courses toward MSN. Which I am considering!

    But I am sooooooo sick of bedside nursing. I want to work with patients, like in case management, but every job posting that I see says BSN needed, or BSN preferred. Well, I ALMOST have a BSN.......

    Does that count??? How can I sell myslef if I were to get a interview. I don't have that much RN experience.....less than 2 years.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   HealthyRN
    Just because it says "BSN-preferred" does not mean that you will not be considered for the position. If it says "BSN-required", that may be more difficult to get around. However, for the BSN-preferred positions, you should try. The fact that you are working on your BSN is really going to help you too. If you get an interview, you should discuss that and your goal to obtain the MSN as well.
  4. by   RainDreamer
    Just because it says "BSN preferred" doesn't mean they won't hire someone without a BSN. It could very well mean though that if both a BSN applicant and a non-BSN applicant apply ...... if all other qualifications are similar and they need to chose between the two, then they'll most likely pick the BSN applicant, since that's what they "prefer".

    Employers can "prefer" many things. BSN, bilingual, etc. But there's only so many applicants that have all their specific preferences, so they're not always going to get exactly what they want.

    I agree that the fact that you're working on your BSN is really going to help you. APPLY! There's no harm in applying. Don't sell yourself short. You say you only have less than 2 years experience, but that's a decent amount of time. You've got bedside experience and you're working towards a BSN ..... I say go for it and apply, see what's out there! Good luck to you
  5. by   llg
    I agree. Go ahead and apply. Be sure to put your your anticipated graduation date on your resume -- and be prepared to submit a transcript, maybe a recommendation from one of your BSN professors, etc. If you are otherwise right for the job, there is a chance they will hire you on condition that you continue with your education.
  6. by   angel337
    apply anyway. when you list your education on your resume just make sure that you list that you will have a BSN in whatever month you graduate. example:

    USA University, Anytown, CA
    September, 2004-Present
    degree: Bachelor Science of Nursing, tentative graduate-May, 2008

    good luck!!
  7. by   Ms Kylee
    Classified ads are bascially wish lists of what an employer wants, but they know they're not necessarily going to get. I've applied for and gotten jobs that I didn't meet all of the "requirements" in the ad. Go ahead and apply... the worst they can do is say no...

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