To BSN or not to BSN - page 3

by J.D. | 3,418 Views | 24 Comments

Hello everyone! I am currently an LVN ( In california ) recently graduated, I have been mostly volunteering and keeping my old job in retail so I can continue school ( at a JC at the moment). My question is, whether to become... Read More


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    Quote from nursewithskills
    RNs who have their BSN are "preferred" by major hospitals, if not all hospitals, because the
    hospitals want Magnet status. The way I understand it, magnet status = more money for hospitals.
    Why? Because RNs with BSNs have more exposure to researching for better patient outcomes, preventive health measures, etc.
    I would not compared it to a master's or doctorate level but I hope you get the point.
    Says who? Academia world and top executives running the hospitals, I would think.

    Think of it this way, ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD in nursing do not get paid at the same rate.
    The more you know the more valuable you are to the executives and more money will roll in, to the ones at
    the top of course.

    I'm not implying that this is all a matter of more money for hospitals, but its part of it.

    If an individual comes down with some serious, complicated, complex disease or a very delicate surgery is
    needed, that person would pick a magnet status hospital over the one that is not, just my opinion.


    Check out this link (sorry you'll have to copy and paste into new search box):

    Magnet status: What it is, what it is not, and what it could be

    I too am a LPN and am in the process of getting my RN
    but I will continue for my BSN just because my dream
    is to be a NICU nurse or even Nurse-Midwife. But even
    if I didn't want to go that far, I'd still go for the BSN
    because having people tell you that you need a BSN for a possibly
    position is discouraging knowing you work hard for the ADN
    and just want to be a good old fashion Nurse at it's simplicity.

    Me, too! I am thinking about NICU because of my vent experience, but mainly I want my DNS so i can open a birthing center.
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    Why did you get your LPN license if you are not working as one? You said you are staying in retail, why on earth? LPN's gain valuable job experience that you can use for your RN job....just wondering.....
    klace84, BrandonLPN, SHGR, and 1 other like this.
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    If you posted this 5 years ago; I would have said a BSN is a waste of time. Right now, it is vital to get a job as a new grad. I received my diploma (3 year program) 30 years ago. I NEVER was turned down for any position or told I needed to get my BSN. But my daughter will graduate in Dec with her BSN. I am so glad she didn't listen to me and pursued the degree. Out area is flooded with ADNs and her BSN degree will give her an extra boost. Not because that makes her a better nurse, but because that is what human resources and hiring managers want. It really makes me nervous to think she is ready to graduate and has so few clinical hours and has no clue what to do. That is the way the pendulum is swinging right now. I have seen many shifts in nursing education, and I am very glad I am not a new grad.
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    I would just go ahead and do the BSN program, if I were you.
    SE_BSN_RN likes this.
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    My advice would be to work as a nurse for a little while and then decide. You will find out- whether you even like being a nurse or not, before committing more time/effort/money; clarify what your education and career goals might be; and possibly get tuition reimbursement. Also, the more abstract nursing classes of the BSN, should you decide to go that route, will make more sense to you if you already have some nursing experience.
    SE_BSN_RN and klace84 like this.


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