How Did a BSN Help Your Career (Or Not) - page 5

Please ... this is NOT an ADN vs. BSN thread. I don't want to go there. I am merely asking BSN nurses if they feel the bachelor's provided more career opportunities, or not. If so, what kind of... Read More

  1. by   Sheri257
    Based on these posts I've done some research on one of the employers I hope to work for (I'm a recent ADN grad).

    Looks like the BSN does help with supervisory positions. For supervisory jobs it's not absolutely required but, it does count as one year's experience. So if a job requires three years experience and you only have two but also have a BSN then you still qualify. My guess is that ... all other things being equal ... this could also mean preference for a BSN candidate.

    Again, thanks for all of the great responses everyone.

    :typing
  2. by   tridil2000
    Quote from NurseInTheWorks
    I am soon to be a BSN student. My reasoning for the BSN is two-fold. One being the hospital where I work only hires new grads with their BSN. I really want to stay at that hospital. Two being that someday I would like to go on for a Master's and will need the BSN as my stepping stone. There you have it! :spin:

    What state do you reside in????
  3. by   SaderNurse05
    My BSN allowed me to have more options for employment. I was able to leave the floor and get a M-F 8-5 job in public health. I am also going to work on my MPH in the next 12 months so for me the BSN was the best way to go. Good luck!!
  4. by   NurseInTheWorks
    Quote from tridil2000
    What state do you reside in????
    I work in Boston, Massachusetts. My hospital started this about a year ago, I've heard a lot of other magnet hospitals in the area are following suit. Let me clarify, they don't hire just new grads...but the ones that they hire have to have a BSN. lol.
    Last edit by NurseInTheWorks on Dec 23, '06
  5. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from NurseInTheWorks
    I work in Boston, Massachusetts. My hospital started this about a year ago, I've heard a lot of other magnet hospitals in the area are following suit. Let me clarify, they don't hire just new grads...but the ones that they hire have to have a BSN. lol.
    Aren't teachers in Mass. required to have a master's degree in education? I seem to recall seeing that on tv. If so, it would appear that this region has a higher focus on education compared to the rest of the US.
  6. by   ORSmurf
    Wow - I've enjoyed reading this thread. Great question! I'm an ADN working at a Surgery Center and I love my job. I have been debating on whether or not I should go on for a BSN. There's a mostly on-line program that I had planned on doing this year, but changed my mind. I just can't make up my mind. Like a previous poster, I don't have any specific plans for what I want to do once I get it. I just like the idea of having as many doors opened as possible. I don't want to go on for NP, I don't want to teach... it seems like maybe it's not worth the time, energy and expense. I would not make any more money if I get it and I have no tuition reimbursement available.
    Anyway, it's been quite interresting to read this thread.
  7. by   SueBee RN-BSN
    Much better quality of life with a BSN, better working conditions. I got my BSN to move up, and out of nursing. The four year degree has paid off in some really wonderful ways. I'm looking at law school.

    So many nurses have either an ADN or diploma. They hate their jobs, and their life. Depression is epidemic in the profession.

    Get your BSN and you will be ever so glad you did!!!!
  8. by   trjohnson0213
    merry christmas to every one
    it has always been my dream to obtain my bachelors degree since high school i have been reading previous post and i had tried to get into some bsn programs and didn't get in (c=degree) so i tried another route & got in an lpn program at a community college and i wish i had did that in the first place because it is working out for me but when i do finish i will go back to get my rn from the community college & go back to get my bsn as well it may not be a difference in pay but just knowing that i have accomplished getting my bachelors will be enough for me it will also open some doors for me because i don't think that i will want to be a floor nurse until i retire
  9. by   luv4nursing
    Im an LPN starting the LPN to RN bridge in a couple of weeks. Once I graduate in December, I hope to immediately start the RN to BSN program. There is a community college a couple of hours away offering an online RN to BSN now. The price is great, since distance learning normally costs a pretty penny.

    I want to continue on, mainly bc I always wanted to get a Bachelors. When I was younger, I didnt take school seriously so I was always randomly taking classes (only to withdraw or simply stop going out of the blue and fail), so I have a very long transcript with a whole bunch of W's.....I also have a billion college credits (I retook the classes I failed or withdrew from)...yet no degree. I want my degree darn it! lol.

    In order for me to get into nursing with my track record(gpa)...it took me choosing to take the LPN route. They didnt take my college gpa into consideration, only my NET and TABE scores. When I applied to the LPN to RN bridge and Ill start that in a couple of weeks.I think that I was accepted (half the applicants got turned away) because they see that I have changed. I went from flunking or dropping out consistently, to making straight A's in LPN school. With high NET scores and my LPN transcript, I think I have proven myself enough to say Im serious about school now. It was just a matter of finding what I had a passion for, and that turned out to be nursing! But Im glad I have a second chance! Its so competitive to get into some of these programs, Im glad Ive been able to reach my goals aside from past mistakes.

    Anyway, back to the point! I want to get my BSN because one of these days I may want to get my MSN and be an NP or Midwife...so this way it would only be a step away. I also just want to have access and take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. If that means getting my BSN, then so be it. They make it so easy to get it once you are an RN now days, with distance learning and all, there is really no reason not to do it.
  10. by   henry01
    I have a BBA, but am currently back in school for an ADN. Do you think I would be overlooked for supervisor roles in the future, even though I have a business degree? How would I be treated at your hospital (pretend I have experience) ;-)
  11. by   Quickbeam
    On the original topic, I was a career changer who already had multiple degrees. I opted for an accelerated BSN. I have been very happy that I went the BSN route. After about 15 bedside years, I was able to transition to community health which in my state required a BSN.

    I advise people looking at nursing education to at least consider a BSN for the long term. It provided me with a pathway to a wonderful nursing career that will take me through to retirement.
  12. by   rpv_rn
    Quote from henry01
    i have a bba, but am currently back in school for an adn. do you think i would be overlooked for supervisor roles in the future, even though i have a business degree? how would i be treated at your hospital (pretend i have experience) ;-)
    if you're planning on going into an adminsitrative positive, the bba and adn degrees seem like a good combination.

  13. by   rnanm
    I am just finishing my BSN after 25 years in nursing It is a personal goal for me, but in the process I found many new nursing ooportunities as well. Clinical teaching will be my goal. I have decided to use our ladder program to obtain my MSN over the next few years. Time passes and for me it is important to continue learning. There are times I want to scream at the amount of homework but in the end it will be rewarding. Hope this helps you.:typing

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