Education options???

  1. Hi!

    I'm currently enrolled in an AS RN program. I was told by one of the nurses at the hospital that I work that they don't hire RN's that don't have a BS in nursing. Is this the same throughout the country? I have a BS in an unrelated field, but was told this would not help my chances at getting a job.

    I recently learned that there was a Master's Degree program for non-nurse BS holders who want to become RN's. Would this be a better route? I'm reluctant to go this route as the additional time and cost are deterents.

    Any suggestions? Thanks so much for any help any one can provide!!

    MarieJ
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   ohmeowzer RN
    in the hospital i work in they don't care , as long as you have RN after your name. ADN's and BSN's do the same job, it's not specified on our badges what degree you have , just your title. i wish you good luck in school and your future career.
  4. by   kris rn
    At my hospital they don't care as long as you're an RN. With the nursing shortage the way that it is I don't think they could only hire nurses with a BSN.
  5. by   xNursePinkx2b
    I would check with the hospital to make sure thats correct, the nurse could have just been saying that to be a you-know-what Most hospitals don't care if you have a asn or bsn (in fact I've never heard of one that did but I could be wrong).
  6. by   woody62
    There was a hospital, in Boston, that once hired only BSN graduates. Their care was better, the rate of errors less, and patient satisfaction high. They then merged with another hospital who didn't hire only BSN's Needless to say, the standards of care went down or so I understand from a book that was written several years later.

    Woody
  7. by   ann945n
    I too would verify this information with the hospital, I would be surprised if its true. But in my own personal opinion go for your BSN, its worth it.
  8. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    People say all kinds of things, I would confirm this with the hospital itself. Institutions which hire BSN only are very rare ... more frequently, there are unit-specific qualifications, but they are usually based in experience rather than education. *shrug*

    There is a trend which is pushing toward this being legislated (nurses required to have BSN), but in most states (all?) it is a long way off due to the nursing shortage.
  9. by   firstyearstudent
    I just finished up getting my ADN after getting a BA in an unrelated field years ago. If I had it to do all over again, I would go straight for a Master's. The time and effort aren't that much more compared to the multitude of opportunities that would open up for you -- perhaps not in the short run, but for the long haul. I find myself looking at a pretty firm salary ceiling right now and am considering going back to school already.
  10. by   maurabartley
    As you are already enrolled in the program, why don't you just finish the program, pass NCLEX, get the RN behind your name and then do a RN to MSN program?

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