Some questions for all the nurses - page 7

BSN nurses would you be happy with the LPN, RN, BSN etc, if You had something more to show for you degree? What I mean is this . What if when you graduated their was a destiction between a four,two... Read More

  1. by   researchrabbit
    Well, but how much do we want to specialize nurses? Typically, nurses have been generalists -- even though I work in psychiatry, I could get a job tomorrow in oncology.

    A BSN is wonderful -- and is probably necessary for management or teaching or any area where the nurse will be doing a lot of writing, teaching, public speaking, managing other employees -- in short, all those "extras" that are over and above what the majority of nurses do, which is taking care of patients on a hospital floor. The BSN is its own reward, in the expanded opportunities for those that have it.

    Even then, though, 20 years experience and proven talent may make up for the extra 2 years of school. A liberal arts education is great when you're 20 but when you're 40...maybe you've already opened your eyes and learned a lot of what younger people get from a liberal arts curriculum. Talent will out...and someone who didn't have the time or money for the 4-year degree may be gifted at writing, speaking, organizing, or interpersonal relations.

    Plus...you have the oddballs like me. I have a 2-year RN. I also have a BA in languages with a teaching certificate and experience, plus more than 40 combined grad school hours in counseling AND English Lit (can you tell I like school?). Do I really NEED to go back to school and take yet MORE courses for a BSN? And if I went back for the BSN (yes, I've checked into it), it's a 15-hour minimum EVEN IF I HAVE ALL THE CLASSES THEY REQUIRE. Plus, some classes always don't transfer ("Oh, so for your program I have to take an UNDERGRADUATE statistics class even though I got an A in my GRADUATE statistics class?").

    Some BSN nurses are resistant to my "BA RN" -- I've been told that my BA "doesn't count" by several BSNs. Since I did the time, I'm wearing the degree, and I don't care as long as they are not saying "yeah, so she's as big as a BARN"!
  2. by   Rube
    A very god response, Maula, RN and gkplatt. Those were my thoughts. As an LPN to ADN to BSN with an ANCC certificate my critical tinking skills have been increased. The more theroy I have under my belt the more complex situations I am able to resolve. I am NOT compnsated with pay for my expertise either by my degree or by my 30 years experince -- which woul be nice as I am still pying off student loans. If there was higher salary with improved educational benefits I woul finish my masters and I know other nurses who would obtain a higher degree. It was worth it. I have been upward mobility all my nursing days. I encourage anyone who considers themself a professional nurse to obtain more education in the vast areas out there.
  3. by   mark_LD_RN
    HEY HEATHER SHE TOLD ME TO GO PLAY SO I WAS JUST FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS. IT GETS TO BE SO FUN HERE AT TIMES. IF I WANT AN ARGUEMENT I KNOWW WHERE TO LOOK.I JUST NEED TO FIND ANY ADN vs BSN THREAD I AN SURE TO FIND AN ARGUMENT. AND SORRY I STILL DON'T SEE MYSELF AS A SMART***, ONLY RESPONDED IN KIND.. IT DONT LOOK VERY ONE SIDED TO ME. EVERY ONE HAVE FUN NOW.AND A GOOD NIGHT TO YOU ALL,
    Last edit by mark_LD_RN on Aug 8, '02
  4. by   teeituptom
    howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    ckirby, you done well. As another raiser of 7 kids, 5 boys and 2 girls. I can say you done very well. But you poor guy, 6 girls. Remember they are cute when they are little. but when thewy are a teen, they turn on you. All I can say is speak softly and keep a shotgun handy.

    Here we go with the bsn vs adn thing again. All I will say is you tell them heather



    doo wah ditty

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