I am in a little bit of a dilemma. A quick background on me: I have a past 4yr in Psych and currently just went back to get my RN, as this is my passion! I am going the 2 yr route as I do not want to stack up anymore student loans then I already have. However, I am stuck between two schools...they both have good NCLEX pass rates and both accredited. Here is my dilemma though..I have heard that one schools grads get hired much more readily then the others, but their programs teaching style is much more "independent" where the others is much more "interactive"...much more suited for my learning style. I want to be the best possible nurse, however I also want to be a strong candidate to hire. Do hospitals really take where you went to school into account, or do they look more so at grades and NCLEX results??
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I looked into a excelerated BSN program, but it would require me to take out a good deal of student loans again..I have heard that many hospitals will consider me a BSN as I have a BA in Psych from my past 4 yr school...so I was just planing on getting my RN then move onto my masters...am I going about that wrong??
Yes you are. Having a BSN is NOT the equivalent of having a BA in psych and an ADN, And no hospital I know will consider it the same either. Hospitals trying to achieve or maintain Magnet status require nurses to have a BSN, and there is coursework that you would not have taken as an ADN student than only BSN students do that prepare nurses for management opportunities. Given that more nurses are getting their BSN now, they will get chosen over the BA/ADN. Prior bachelors before nursing school matters nothing in the employment process. Trust me, you are better off doing an 'accelerated' BSN. It is one year of your life and you are working faster than if you did two years for an ADN. This is not to say that ADN nurses are lesser quality, because they are not (I have learned from many excellent ADNs) ... but your job prospects in 2013 and seemingly going forward are overall reduced without the actual BSN.
Last edit by PacoUSA on Oct 30, '13