You might want to check if "C"=RN at the schools you are interested in. My school will take a 2.5 GPA, but most schools I have checked out want a 3.0 GPA (B). You might want to check tuition rates too. A hospital in my area offers a BSN degree, but since the hospital is affiliated with a private university, tuition alone is about $6,000 per semester. Also, you might want to look at how many openings the various degree programs in your area have. The ADN program at my community college has 40 openings each semester, but 300 applicants! The BSN program here has 100 openings and 200 applicants. That's where the grades factor really come into play. Even if the college will accept C's, if a majority of applicants have A's and B's, they will be admitted first. If the competition is not so stiff in your area, grades shouldn't be a problem though.
Sorry I couldn't answer the questions about employment, I'm still a student myself. These are just things I've learned along the way. As far as degrees being an issue between nurses, I believe it is. Just read all the previous posts about CNA vs. LVN vs. ADN vs. BSN vs. MSN...it's an issue that seems to be debated often.
The ANA has a list of accredited programs in the U.S., this link should take you there: www.ana.org/ancc/accred/accrdorg/allorgs.htm
Also, the NLNAC has a list as well: www.nlnac.org/DirectoryMainp1.htm
I have found that these are not truly representative of all accredited programs, but it's a good starting place.
[ June 05, 2001: Message edited by: shyviolet78 ]