A BA in Psych + ADN-are they good enough for RN jobs which require a BSN?

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    Any insight would help.
    I currently already have a BA in Psych and I am working on getting my ADN. I have heard some people say that there are certain RN jobs that require a BSN in Nursing(Ex Managment, ICU etc).
    Does anyone know if already having the BA in another subject and having the ADN would cut it or if an employer would consider this as an equivelent?

    thanks...
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    That would depend on the specific employer -- some would find it acceptable and some would not. 'Fraid that's probably the closest you can get to an answer ...
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    also depends on the type of job you are seeking. If you had your ADN and years of experience that is one thing. But NEW GRAD with ADN has neither the exp or education for some positions. Many people work as ADN and get back in school part-time for the BSN.
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    Look for an accelrated BSN program. You'll will probably go to school for the same amount of time as you would getting an ADN, but graduate with a BSN based on the fact that you've completed those "core" classes required for a Bachelor's.

    I was in the same boat as you, but decided to go ahead and get the BSN in 6 semesters instead of the ADN in 5. It hasn't made a difference in my employment as an RN, but I'm free to apply to graduate school as soon as I take the GRE. That was my main motivation for going ahead with the BSN.
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    Quote from Nemrac
    Any insight would help.
    I currently already have a BA in Psych and I am working on getting my ADN. I have heard some people say that there are certain RN jobs that require a BSN in Nursing(Ex Managment, ICU etc).
    Does anyone know if already having the BA in another subject and having the ADN would cut it or if an employer would consider this as an equivelent?

    thanks...
    hey, just stick with what you have right now....finish the ADN, and then just bridge with an online BSN--there are plenty of programns online out there--I really think the challenge these days is just getting into a good school/so, good luck to you. hty/
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    you will probably only need a few classes to finish your bsn since you already have a BA in psych. if you find that your BA + ADN isn't getting you into the positions you want just take the few classes to get the official BSN.
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    Quote from heatherbless
    hey, just stick with what you have right now....finish the ADN, and then just bridge with an online BSN--there are plenty of programns online out there--I really think the challenge these days is just getting into a good school/so, good luck to you. hty/
    Thank you everyone for the good advice. And thanks for the good luck wishes......I need them

    Seriously though, I am going to get the ADN and then if I need too or want too in the future will just go for a BSN at night or online...after all....most of the hard classes will have already been done. Thanks again everyone.....
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    Most schools have a 5 year limit on the science classes.
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    ICU or any type of bedside nursing -- nope, you don't need a BSN. An ADN/RN is fine.

    For management & "research" type positions -- depends. Some employers have a bias for the BSN thing, which is ridiculous in my opinion. The BSN is hardly any different than a BA/ADN combination in reality, but many managers/employers don't seem to understand this. Maybe you should emphasize all of your coursework and academic achievements on the resume & at the interview -- help them understand what you have already achieved.

    I went back to school for the BSN after obtaining a BS in another field. The BSN has not offered me any advantages over ADN co-workers, for I have NO DESIRE to go into management. For the bedside, and RN is an RN is an RN.
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    My gosh I have a VERY similar situation to you! I have a BA in Psych, and am about ot finish my ADN in Dec of this year. HOwever, I also have a MEd in Health Education, want to do research nursing. I plan to get a recruiter to help me find the best fit and an amployer who would be able to let my education and work experience compensate the same. My advice to you.....finish what you are doing then do either an RN-BSN or RN-MSN later if that's what you want to do.


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