The more I think about being an out of work RN because I lack experience and graduated from an Associate/Diploma school makes me wonder about the whole magnet status idea. After doing much reading, I have come to the conclusion that Magnet status is nothing more than ageism and classism. The average age of RN's that graduate from Associate programs is 31.9 and from Bachelor programs 26.2 (2004). I did not look up any information for the classism issue but I would have to think 4 year colleges generally cost more than community colleges, and most that chose to go to community colleges do so because of affordability. Maybe I am jumping to conclusions here, but you can't tell me one education is better than the other considering the base of both educations is science. The rest of that fluffy stuff you learn in the baccalaureate program are what us old people learn through life experience.
38 y.o. Unemployed Annoyed Associate Diploma Degree Spanish Speaking Nurse with three kids.
What I really wanted to say was, I am suprised there have not been any lawsuits filed against Hospitals, and while they are actively avoiding hiring ADN's why don't they ask all of their nurses that were hired as ADN's and current ADN's to resign. Maybe they would easily lose about 75% of their registered nurse staff.
Mar 4, '11
Does your figure on average age for nurses getting BSN degrees include the accelerated BSN programs? I did an accelerated BSN for those with at least a bachelors and we had a huge age range from probably 25 to 60. I was 30 at the time I started. We had a good number of students over 40. So I was curious as to if your statistic included these programs. As for the hospitals choosing to hire those with a BSN over an ADN, that is their right and not illegal. There has been talk for years and years to move in that way and we are starting to see it now. Its not only nursing keep in mind--Physical Therapists are now being pushed (maybe even required) to get a masters, and Pharmacists have upped their programs from a masters to a pharmD (Doctorate). Social work has basically made it to where you need a masters for like 98% of jobs, making the BSW almost useless. So really nursing is not the only profession pushing for more and more education. Heck here I am seeing people posting asking about if NPs are moving to a masters--supposedly in 2015. Our society values education. That is just the way it is. As far as being Spanish/English bilingual--heck here where I live they are always looking for that!! I lost an opportunity as a case manager as they wanted someone bilingual. We have a good sized spanish speaking population in upstate NY so you would likey find work here.
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Mar 4, '11
I think when we are through venting, we are each best served by assessing what it is our individual areas potential employers are looking for and going out and getting it. If one prefers not to do so, then one must consider moving to a location where the skills, experience, education one has are indeed adequate for that specific job market. Otherwise, deliver pizza, it isn't all that different fro nursing, except you'll get better tips delivering pizza.
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