Are online degrees 'legit'? Such as RN-BSN online? Is BSN really necessary? CONFUSED. - page 4

by Skylarslaughter

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I'm doing Practical Nursing at my local community college and then bridging into ADN. The reasons that I'm not doing BSN are: There's only one community college near me and it doesn't offer anything past ADN, I don't want to owe... Read More


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    What I don't understand at all is that...if there is such a nursing shortage crisis in the nation, then why would they make the criteria even harder to meet?
    Because there's not a nursing shortage. At least not in the short term. 10-15 years from now, maybe. But right now, schools are graduating 5-10 new RNs for every job, and so employers are now finding themselves in the driver's seat and can put stricter requirements on education and experience.
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    What I don't understand at all is that...if there is such a nursing shortage crisis in the nation, then why would they make the criteria even harder to meet? It just contradicts it's self, I mean I understand the emphesis on education but if they raise the critera for nurses they are also making the shortage even worse! It doesn't make all fit logically together.
    Remember that I'm talking about years ago...not now. You're right to be confused, but there have been many periods in recent history when there have been nursing shortages and periods when no shortage existed. There is no shortage now..albeit an artificial glut of nurses because hospitals just aren't hiring because of the economy. Pay attention to what is going on in the state governments with Medicaid cuts. Do you think hospitals are going to hire a new grad and spend money on him for orientation and spend lots of staff time and dollars with him? They don't want ot spend the money! That's why they aren't hiring new grads. And now they are only wanting BSN's because they all want to charge more for having "magnet status". In reality the world is about MONEY!!!
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    I am interested in the same thing, can you tell me which school you went through for this?
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    Quote from Skylarslaughter
    What I don't understand at all is that...if there is such a nursing shortage crisis in the nation, then why would they make the criteria even harder to meet? It just contradicts it's self, I mean I understand the emphesis on education but if they raise the critera for nurses they are also making the shortage even worse! It doesn't make all fit logically together.
    You will make yourself crazy reading all the opinions here! I got my license in 1976, and my personal experience (which is pretty much like all the other personal experiences here) is that the field is in a state of flux now more than any other time since then.

    To drop that confusion to manageable levels, I would first focus on location. New York and PA are very different from California or Texas, so the relative value of a BSN will not be the same between them. Then, visualize what kind of nursing you want to do. Lots of nurses actually do not want to be NPs or CRNAs. Narrow it further by finding out what are the present requirements in that area for that job. Then, research the demand for that job in that area to see if further education would make you more hireable.

    When you do your research, it can be something as simple as looking at Classified Ads, or reputable sources of statistics such as the Dept of Labor Statistics. I wouldn't trust statistics or forecasts about demand from anyone who has a stake in spinning the numbers in their favor, such as the ANA or the AACN. That won't make everything crystal clear, but it may help a little!


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