Is associates in nursing useless now? - page 2

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Hi all. I've been accepted into the CSN Fall 2011 nursing program. From the rumors I've been hearing around, an associates degree is pretty much useless now. I do have a bachelors in Kinesiology from UNLV, that I was told a... Read More


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    Quote from sribell86
    I graduated from CSN this past May. took the NCLEX-RN in July, and got a job in June. The hospitals seem to like CSN grads better than other schools. Thats just my experience.

    Every schools graduates says: "they prefer x to y". The reality is yes...associates in a market with bachelors will lose out.

    But again the lineage will go
    Experienced RN
    Masters graduate
    BSN graduate
    AN graduate

    If you only have your associates your going to find that most of the LV hospitals WILL require you to get a BSN within the next six years. Why invest in what you desire when you can pick from what is available.
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    I'm in my last semester and from what I hear some hospitals prefer the ADN over BSN since we have more clinical rotation hours. Don't drop out!
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    Again the only difference between the associates and the bachelors is about seven classes. Everyone does 12 hour clinical rotations for the most part in the valley. six hour psych rotations at Ross and Neal, some sort of maternity rotation seeing a baby being born, and if anything it doesn't really matter because again...some school never even give their students clinical rotations and they can still sit for the NCLEX- RN test.

    Oh...and by the way it takes the same amount of time for an associates that it would for the BSN, just now you have to take longer later on because when you want to get a management position or move on...you'll have to go back to school.
    just keep your grades up, get a NAP position, and try to network.
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    ADN has advanced med surg and preceptorship rotation of 120 hours to be completed. Some hospitals do prefer ADN over BSN for that reason alone. It's just depends on what you prefer. You will find work either way
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    I am switching schools this fall as well. Guess what, most hospitals are applying for magnet status which means I have a better chance with the BSN AND they both take the same amount of time to complete. NSC offers ALL classes for all three major semesters. They also have a small number of the classes needed available in the winter session. The classes do not fill up so you need not worry about that (unlike the madness that is CSN) and the class sizes are smaller. Also worth noting that the pass rate most recently posted for this program at NSC on the Board of Nursing website is at 100%. They have come a long way a short time so you are guaranteed the opportunity you seek.
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    I like NSC and will enter their RN-BSN program after I graduate and get my license (end of this year...hopefully!) but I think you're reading those NCLEX pass rates incorrectly. NSC year-to-date NCLEX pass rate for 2011 was 81.43% of 70 candidates that took the test. Just look at the total percentage for the entire year.

    UNLV was 98.99% of 99 candidates
    CSN was 92.86% of 182 candidates

    Both very impressive I think. NSC is also continually improving and I like what they've done so far considering the newness of the school. I have taken several gen eds there and I really do enjoy the smaller class sizes and relaxed atmosphere.

    Anywhoo, it will always be beneficial to advance your education; however, the ratio of ADN to BSN prepared nurses is pretty uneven right now so I think an ADN is fine at first. I'm going for my BSN right after graduation because I already have enough credits for junior standing AND I figure as a new grad I will be without employment and bored for awhile
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    Most of the people I know that graduated from CSN in december in my group have found jobs pretty quickly. I also know some people that went to UNLV as well that found work too. I noticed when applying that some hospitals prefer BSN like St Rose. And other places say ADN is the min. requirement. Point being, as far as finding work I don't think it matters what degree you have. There is something for either degree. I think it matters what you plan on doing later on with your career. If you feel the need to go for the BSN then do it. I preferred to do a little at a time since I was working full time. Everyone has a different plan or pace they choose to do. I too am looking to continue my education maybe at NSC as well for my bachelors or somewhere out of state if i move. I'm happy taking my time with it too. I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere down the line ADN programs were to disappear but I don't think it will be for a very long time. They have been saying that rumor since my mom was going through her ADN in the early 1990's!


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