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  1. 0 Hey all! I need some serious advice and help!! Okay here is my story, I am a "Junior" in college. I went to Lindenwood University from 2007-2009 and now I'm at Meremac. I have so many credits that I do not need. Anyways long story short I am still left with some classes that I need, like A&P 2, Micro , and Algebra. So I have another semester left. Anyways I am in A&P II now and I am doing absolutely horrible so I need to drop the class. I have 2 C's already in my Science courses and one B I really REALLY wanted to get my BSN within the next 2- 2 and a half years. I don't know if having your BSN and RN are really that different in pay and such? Also, I am having a huge amount of trouble finding a school that will accept me any ideas??? I have already looked into Maryville and UMSL.. UMSL said my science GPA has to be a 2.5 or higher and mine isn't ( should I just wait a year and apply for spring 2011? Which means I will be in college for 6 and a half years just for my BSN and an associates in general education? Or should I just apply to Lutheran School of Nursing for fall 2010 and ony have my RN and an associates in general transfer studies? Or is there a way I can transfer from Lutheran School of nursing to UMSL ? What is the difference between a BSN and an RN? Thank you!! ~~~~Mel
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  3. Visit  mmgirlsmom profile page
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    What about Maryville? You have to have an overall GPA but not specifically in sciences although you do have to pass them with a least a C.
  4. Visit  busymsybee96 profile page
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    I think some hospitals pay slightly more r/t the clinical ladder if you have your BSN. But if your close enough to get your associates, then do it. You can start working then finish your BSN. Many hospitals have programs to help you finish you degree.
  5. Visit  sjersett profile page
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    BSN is a bachelors degree in Science and Nursing. It enables you to be a RN supervisor, or head nurse on a LTC unit or even a DON if you have the right job history or connections.

    RN is just a registered nurse.
  6. Visit  TeleNurse2010 profile page
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    There is not much pay difference between a BSN nurse and an RN. Only about 25 to 50 cent difference in pay per hour in some facilities and no difference at all in some others. As someone already posted, you have a better chance of acquiring a leadership position if you have a BSN, and you can go for a MSN with the BSN. However, you should go whereever you are accepted, get the RN, then work on getting the BSN if you don't get into a BSN program right away. Good luck.
  7. Visit  TeleNurse2010 profile page
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    Quote from sjersett
    BSN is a bachelors degree in Science and Nursing. It enables you to be a RN supervisor, or head nurse on a LTC unit or even a DON if you have the right job history or connections.

    RN is just a registered nurse.
    RN is the acronym for Registered Nurse, however, many people with this title have an Associates Degree of Nursing (ADN). Lutheran is a diploma program, so you won't have the ADN if you go there. However, as far as I know, there is no difference in pay if you get the ADN or diploma.
  8. Visit  RN-BS1972 profile page
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    take it one step at a time is my advise. LSN (where I went ) takes all of your transfers no matter how old they are. You can apply now which is what I would advise to do. LSN has more clinical hours in every speciality which hospitals hiring new GNs love. You can still go on and get your BSN later, LSNs credits are transferrable bc they are an affiliate of Webster University. I have a BS from 1998 they took all of my transfers. If you want to deal with no bull I would advise applying at LSN. You will get better hands on bc it is "just" (which is what a lot of people say that don't know a thing about it) a diploma program, whether if its LPN or RN which is what I also have and I feel I have been very prepared especially with the nursing shortage and not getting an orientation (the nurse I was supposed to orientate with never showed up) the very first day I worked as a nurse and I did just fine. They dont care if you have a BSN, ADN, ASN, or Diploma RN that is just labeling, only as long as you have passed NCLEX.