Quote from Miss Mab
Not to drag this out, but NO, you haven't earned a BSN. Or else your school would be granting you that degree.
Yes, it is possible to do it in a short time frame. I am a second degree BSN grad who earned it in an extraordinarliy hectic, stressful 12 month format. Then, we have the option to continue one more year for the MSN.
You chose a different path.
There are a lot of old guard nurses who are resistant to these new pathways to licensure. You're going to engender even more resentment for no reason if you continue to insist you have earned the BSN title.
As an "old guard" nurse, I feel compelled to reply.
Many years ago I had already earned BAs in two diverse areas of study and had completed some graduate work as well. Unfortunately our local economy was extremely dependent upon the oil industry and after the mid-80s "oil bust" I found myself without a job and with few prospects of obtaining one. The lone exception was nursing where a cyclical shortage existed.
There were many nursing programs
in the area, but regardless of the particular degree conferred (AD or BSN), the bad news was always the same: With the prerequisites plus 2 years of nursing courses, I was looking at close to 3 additional years of education.
I was dumbfounded. All that education and I still needed 3 more years to become an RN. But I was told repeatedly (2 decades ago) condensing the process would be quite impossible. Nursing care is becoming increasingly complex. And surely I should understand that the clinical experiences etc. could not be compressed and still remain meaningful. And yes, you have already had elementary statistics and graduate level research design courses, but you have not completed a course entitled Nursing Research.
Fast forward to the present. A shortage of RNs is said to exist, but the BSN programs have a major problem: How can they compete in filling that void when theoretically they "cost" twice as much in time and money as Associate Degree preparation?
Suddenly, the impossible becomes possible. In fact, it becomes possible to earn a Masters in 2 years. The sky is the limit as to what's possible just so long as you have a small fortune to spend (or a willingness to incurr some major debt) and the money is given to a University.
Confusing isn't it? An Associates Degree is inadequate preparation for entry to professional practice, yet a Masters can be obtained in 2 years if one holds an unrelated BA.