Is this just another rumor???

  1. Hy everyone,
    A classmate of mine told me friday that she was told by "someone who is on the nursing teacher staff"... that soon only BSN's will be allowed--no more ADN Rn's.
    This can't be true, can it??? We already have a nurse shortage, so if it would take 4 yrs. to "produce" new RN's, would'nt this make things much worse???
    Also, isn't the only difference between ADN and BSN that BSN has more non-nursing classes completed?
    I'm an LPN student and want to do the bridge to RN, but I really do not want a BSN---I need to work!
    Thanks for anyone clarifying this for me.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Thelto
    I just graduated ADN. I don't know how she would identify "soon" because maybe in several years, but I don't foresee it and neither does anyone else I talk to. Eventually I hope to get my BSN and MSN for professional advancement, but I don't see it as absolute for job security in the near future.
  4. by   rollingstone
    Yeah, I think it's a rumor.
  5. by   camrn
    We were just talking about this in our Professionalism in Nursing course. North Dakota is the only state in the US that requires BSN for all entry level nursing jobs. Canada does as well. Some say that by 2010 more states may be BSN only....something to think about and stay in tune with.
  6. by   JimmyMallo
    If it is anything like EVERY other piece of legislation ever presented. Even if they did require this they would be forced to grandfather in every ADN graduate currently practicing as well as all of those VERY experienced diploma nurses. Not likely to happen without some foresight and debate so I don't think anyone should worry, but someday maybe. Hell, if they keep increasing the pre-reqs for the ADN programs they may all turn into BSN programs anyway ROFL
  7. by   canoehead
    That was a rumor 20 years ago and it still hasn't happened so if I was you I wouldn't get my knickers in a knot.
  8. by   Energizer Bunny
    There was a whole thread on this with many, many, many responses. If you type in NY state and BSN in a search I am sure you will find it. NY state is on their way to making this true.
  9. by   PCGrad06
    I think it's a rumor too. At the local hospital, they have a $6000 (it was $5000) sign on bonus paid within 30 days of starting.This is for RNs with 2 year degree!:spin:
  10. by   kathc
    CNM2B is right. i live in NYS and they are thinking of doing this. Not sure if it will happen or not and if it does, it may take awhile to get it to be the "law". From the article I read, existing RN's would have 10 years to get their BSNs. If they didn't, they would become LPN's.
    I agree that is will place more strain on a system that is already hurting from a shortage of nurses.
    Here's the thread if you want to read more:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63553
  11. by   purplemania
    To my knowledge, only one state (NY) currently has legislation pending that would require a BSN as entry-level. That legislation has not yet passed. Perhaps the person meant it as an interpretation of a trend in higher education among nurses.
  12. by   Sheri257
    Quote from camrn
    North Dakota is the only state in the US that requires BSN for all entry level nursing jobs.
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe that North Dakota has also overturned that requirement since it caused so many problems.

    :spin:
  13. by   missmercy
    Quote from canoehead
    That was a rumor 20 years ago and it still hasn't happened so if I was you I wouldn't get my knickers in a knot.
    VERY well said!!!:chuckle

    A lot of foks are encouraging the idea -- due to increased acuities and increased technology and.... some say nurses should even choose an area to specialize in before finishing school since there is such a huge amount of information to learn -- don't bother holding your breath -- It'll be a while --- A LOOOOOONG while -- IF it happens
  14. by   TeenyBabyRN
    Quote from lizz
    If I'm not mistaken, I believe that North Dakota has also overturned that requirement since it caused so many problems.

    :spin:
    You are correct, lizz. North Dakota has overturned the requirement. ND is now a member of the nurse licensure compact. (Come on all the rest of you states out there...get with the program!!)
    I cant see how that could possibly work for them if they still required the BSN - if the other states in the compact did not also require it (which they don't) it would defeat the purpose.

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