Is there any advantage having a previous 4 year degree when it comes to job searching as a new grad? My 4 year is Retail, merchandising and management with a concentration of interior decorating and minors in art and business. I am graduating with an associates this coming May. Is there anyone out there that felt having a 4 year degree in something else had an advantage over people with just an associates when applying for jobs? I'd love to hear your opinions!
A BA degree in a non-health/nursing related will not make you stand out as a candidate. It might make a good tie-breaker in otherwise equivalent candidates; it's better than no 4-year degree, but not much in the eyes of nursing HR.
Ultimately, the degree that makes you more competitive is the BSN. You can use that BA with your ADN to make your RN-BSN degree a very short trip.
Some bachelors add an edge, albeit a small one, but it has to be related to nursing. About 50% of RNs have a BSN, MSN, or a BS/MS in a related field like Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Exercise Physiology, Health Informatics, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, etc. (2008, Future of Nursing)
Last edit by SummitRN on Feb 18, '13