does it really matter where you got your degree from?

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    Basically, how serious do employers take it when reviewing where a nurse got there education. For example, assume my situation where I would get an ADN from a community college then a BSN from a somewhat well known university, how would employers see that as compared to someone who had a straight BSN from a large, well known public university?

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  2. 62 Comments...

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    netglow likes this.
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    I think the most important thing is to get some experience somewhere as a CNA. Hospitals are far more likely to hire from within, no matter what school you went to.
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    No, not really. As long as it has all the accreditations.
    prettymica likes this.
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    even though cna exp has little to do with nursing
    RN in training, mystory, and netglow like this.
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    nlnac or ccne is the key, anything else is a mistake
    rustynail likes this.
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    As much as I hate to admit this, it does not matter where you got your degree from but more so on two other entities; ASN or BSN, and if you have any experience in the area you are applying for? I have been trying to get out of getting a BSN FOREVER, and have come to the conclusion that if I ever want to get out of floor nursing, not that I don't like it all the time, I must get at LEAST my BSN. So I have recently started my RN-MSN bridge program as I have a bachelors in another field.
    whichone'spink, GrnTea, mystory, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from mindlor
    even though cna exp has little to do with nursing
    not really, it kind of has alot to do with the basic nursing skills. Like patient communication and care.
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    It really depends on the situation. I live in a region in which there are a few nursing schools that have very bad reputations. We rarely even interview new grads from those schools -- unless they have something very special in the backgrounds that gets our attention. However, we have other schools that are excellent and we regularly interview their new grads and hire many of them.

    Be sure the schools you attend are respected by the local employers before you invest your time and money.
    hiddencatRN, Old.Timer, ProfRN4, and 2 others like this.
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    My ADN comes from a school that was not NLNAC accredited and the grads (myself included) had no more trouble than anyone else getting jobs. Can't do military or VA though. This school has a pretty good rep in the area too with a good pass rate.

    My BSN is coming from a place that is CCNE though, so it will matter even less.

    My gut says that actually colleges/universities "look" better than trade schools, but I don't really know that for a fact.
    CNA1991 likes this.

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