RN vs. BSN

  1. I am planning on going into nursing after "retiring" from the Navy in about 3 years. I am a Hospital Corpsman and have worked in medicine for 17 years already. I would like any thought and/or advice in whether I should get a two year degree or 4 year degree. I already have a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Thank you.
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  3. by   justanurse
    ADN vs. BSN
    Both are RN's.
    Just where to you want your career to take you? What are your goals in nursing? If you really want the BSN, go for it. If you want to spend a couple of years obtaining a degree,go for the ADN. Either will get you a RN license (provided you pass your state boards ;D).
    Oh, I read your post again. Since you already have a Bachelor degree, you probably should contact the college of your choice and see just what courses you would take to get the BSN of nursing. You may only have to take nursing courses, or a little more than that, depending on what the particular college requires for the degree.
    Good luck!!
  4. by   Jez
    If you already have a Bachelor of Health degree you can get a "bridge" course at many universities that will let you earn your BSN in less time than it would take to get a 2 year ADN. That's what I would suggest you do, then you will have many more job opportunities open to you as a BSN. It might cost you a little more, but worth it in the long run if you want to do more in nursing than be a bedside nurse.

    Good luck.
  5. by   gpip
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by tmfrench:
    [B]I am planning on going into nursing after "retiring" from the Navy in about 3 years. I am a Hospital Corpsman and have worked in medicine for 17 years already. I would like any thought and/or advice in whether I should get a two year degree or 4 year degree. I already have a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Thank you.

    Tmfrench,
    Actually there are some programs out there that let you get your BSN at excellarated pace if you alredy have a Baccalaurate degree in another field. These programs take about 18 to 24 months to complete shorter than or equal to either program. I have an associate degree and am copleting my BSN now and I wish I would have just done the BSN it toook me about the same time. If you are looking for better opportunities when you are discharged to me as a former sailor. Take the program which offers the most. If you are looking to go beyond the bedside BSN is the way to go. Some of my collegues would disagree ans this question will probable start another war on wich is better, is detroit most hospitals not all pay more for a BSN and in some it is required to work in the ICU. Hope you make the best decision for you.

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