Quote from zoobyli
Accreditation makes no difference when it comes to job hunting. It makes a difference in which school accepts which schools degree, though IMO that's more of a money issue :-)
Employers only care that you graduated and passed NCLEX, and your license is in good standing; not which school you graduated from.
Quote from gabriella86
I have come to realize that I don't know what I want. I want to go into nursing. I am very interested in it. I love the many options you have as a nurse. I just honestly do not know what they are. I think I say I want to work in a doctors office because I do not have enough confidence/am not comfortable with having to deal with spur of the moment emergencies on a daily basis.
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Is the BSN necessary? What is the benefit over just having an associates in nursing? Is it becoming more of a requirement? Harder to find work with just an associates?
Hi gabriella86 and zoobyli,
I am graduating from Galen in Oct 2008 with my ADN (hallelujiah!!!) and was also concerened about their accredidation and transferring credits. You do want to make sure that your school is accredited nationally or regionally b/c hospitals and employers may not care, but the state in which you want to practice and get a license in does. For instance, if you have an online degree from Excelsior, you may need to meet more requirements than just a degree if you go to certain states. As far as I know, you'll be ok with a degree from Galen in KY and most states b/c lots of my friends are moving out of state and they aren't having a problem with applying for licensure. Also, the KBN recognizes Galen as an appropriately accredited school and KY is part of the nurse compact (if licensed in KY, you are automatically eligible to be licensed in another state in the compact).
Gabriella, going to nursing school could be the best thing you do for yourself professionally. You can do SO many things as an RN! You might change your mind a hundred times about what you want to do, but that's ok because there are literally that many options. With that said, I say complete your ADN, but keep the BSN in mind. You will open that many more doors. Also here in Louisville they are encouraging (not mandating) that all their ADN RNs go back to school to get their BSN and going so far as to pay for most, if not all of it.
As far as transferring credits, your nursing classes will transfer to most, if not all schools. Once you have your ADN from an accredited school (which Galen is), you are an RN. The only classes you may need to repeat are English, A+P, Micro, etc. This is usually b/c they make more money out of you that way. I am going to Grand Canyon university (online)for my BSN and they accepted all my transfer credits from Galen and some other universities.
Anyway, good luck with your decision. I don't think you will regret going to nursing school. I learned so much at Galen and I don't regret going there.