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Is associates in nursing useless now?

  1. 0 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 few years ago would give me a leg up in the job market....but now I don't think it matters. Should I drop this program before I start it??? I 'm so disappointed, I finally felt like I was "IN" the program and safe. Now I feel like I'm wasting time and should apply to Nevada State College for the BSN. What do you think?
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  3. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I'm an ADN and have never felt the lack of a higher degree has hurt me in any way, except I did have to give up my part-time community college faculty position as a substitute clinical instructor years ago, when the BSN became the standard entry for all teaching positions. Other than that, I've done pretty well for myself with "just an associate's degree" and have been in positions of increasing responsibility for most of my career. Nowadays I'm the Director of Nursing for an 80-unit assisted-living community where we specialize in medically complex residents and even hospice care........yes, I'd say the ADN can take you pretty far, but it depends on where you want to go.
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  4. Visit  SunshineDaisy profile page
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    I wouldn't drop out. IMO if ADNs were useless then why still have the programs? The job market in Vegas isn't ideal for anybody right now, not just nurses!
  5. Visit  napahills profile page
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    Im stressed. At orientation they told us we will allneed to go on to your bsn after this. They also said that the nurses who already have jobs with an associates are safe. I just dont want to waste any time, im no spring chicken!
  6. Visit  SunshineDaisy profile page
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    I understand, I'm in the same boat! I would have to wait at least another year to try for a BSN, if I got accepted. I'm just going to hope and pray for the best!
  7. Visit  SlinkyheadRN profile page
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    Hey guys! We won't graduate for at least two years! Who knows what the market will be like in that time!? RELAX!
    anie10 likes this.
  8. Visit  vegasmomma profile page
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    You've been accepted so just continue. After graduation begin applying for jobs but start taking a classes for the bridge program for BSN. I would not change directions if you have already been accepted. Maybe start a thread for current new grads who got hired and ask how many have ADN? As for Vegas I hear its bad for even experienced nurses right now- everyone is cutting back, not hiring. I've accepted possibility of having to relocate.
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  9. Visit  formidableherbivore profile page
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    From what I've heard, you can get a sweet deal by getting a job at a hospital with your ADN and then having the hospital pay for your RN-BSN program! I'm not sure if this still happens, but I hope so as I am starting my 2nd semester of the CSN program this fall.
    Also, I'm surprised that all of the people on the CSN waiting list aren't strongly suggesting you drop out in hopes that they get your spot
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  10. Visit  melement profile page
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    "I'm surprised that all of the people on the CSN waiting list aren't strongly suggesting you drop out in hopes that they get your spot"

    That is what I was thinking :-) LOL
  11. Visit  sribell86 profile page
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    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.
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  12. Visit  puravidaLV profile page
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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.
  13. Visit  Tree5981 profile page
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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!
  14. Visit  puravidaLV profile page
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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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