Quote from raynpetal
Hello, I have begun taking pre-requisites for nursing finally. I'm in my forties and wondered if the rumor about nurses with associates is true. Are companies preferring nurses with BSN, and is it hard for a nurse with an associate's degree to find a job nowadays? Ultimately, I want to pursue the BSN but in future. I may have the opportunity to transfer from TRI-C (a community college) after taking my pre-requisites to a larger university for the BSN. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.
By the way, I do want to say as well that if it's no skin off your back, that is if you aren't in any particular hurry, there's no reason not to transfer to the university and finish your BSN. But don't waste the years of not having a job, gaining experience, or going into debt because you think it will make your initial hiring easier. Experience is what employers want, and the degree you come out of nursing school with won't make up for that.
What you want to do is try to get a PRN job as a tech in whatever area you want to work as a nurse. Get your foot in the door; let them see how energetic and dependable you are. That's the key. You can always get a BSN later.
Don't even think about "management" at this point. That's something that may require a BSN, but it's also going to require some years with a company before they will "promote" you to management.
And don't listen to people who say I'm against nursing education. That's totally not true. Before my story is finished, I may have an MSN. Who knows? I don't know how prosperous I will be in the future. But that would be for teaching, not for nursing. And since I want to teach CNAs more than anything else, I'm not sure it will ever be necessary. But who knows, maybe I will never want to teach.
These are the things you have to think about. I can tell you this, the most employable nurse is one who has a clean RN license, a clean background, experience in the field, ACLS, and for the final "wow" certification in that area of nursing. ADN/BSN is not usually a deciding factor.
There may be hospitals that require it, and it does depend on supply and demand in that area. So, think about that as you decide. But just remember, experience trumps all. The longer you wait to get it, the longer you don't have it.