Originally posted by WAGofGAGF
Hi, I am 43 years old and am considering going back to school
to become a RN......There are two schools nearby......One offers
a BSN degree and the other a Associate in Nursing degree
which I am told will still allow me to become a RN......I would
be going to school part-time and would rather take the quickest
route which I assume would be the associate degree.......My
question is, does it matter what your degree is as long as
you are a RN........As far as getting hired, pay rates, etc......?
I also have a BS degree in another unrelated field back in 1984.
The BSN college does not seem to be transferring many of the
credits.......I sure would hate to repeat alot of those general
Also, I live in N.C......Thanks for any info.......
I also had another Bachelors degree (a BM degree, actually . . . "Bachelors of Music", but BM degree just sounds cooler!!
) The nursing college transferred tons of credits from my BM degree towards the BS in Nursing which was way cool!! Sorry to read that the BSN college that you're considering to attend won't be helping you out with this matter.
My nursing educational path was deliberate. I went the ASN to BSN route. After working two years with "hands on nursing" I then went on to receive the BS in nursing. For me, it was nice to get my "hands dirty" before moving on to the next eductional level in nursing. Basically, I wanted to digest and master all of the skills learned in the ASN program before going on to BSN.
To be honest, with differential between a nurse holding an ASN and a nurse holding a BSN is not very significant in the hospital where I work ($.25/hour). However, I strongly believe that with all the changes, challenges and discoveries found within the healthcare field, it's important for the nurse to continue his/her education (either through college, advanced credentialing in a specific area of nursing, inservices, conferences, etc.) just to keep up with all the new stuff.
Do what you need to do to meet your financial needs. Just don't stop the learning.