I am currently enrolled in a newer BSN program in Texas. I am the second cohort in the program and will graduate in May of 2013. Recently there has been talk among my classmates about our programs accreditation status. The program was approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, however we have not yet been granted accreditation from an accrediting agency. Our Dean informed us that as of now we have candidate status with NLN and are "expected to be granted full accreditation in 2013." She did not say if that was before or after our graduation. My questions are:
1) If we are not accredited by the time I need to start applying for jobs and/or internships, will I run into trouble getting hired?
2) If we are not accredited by the time I graduate but the program is eventually granted accreditation, will I be considered a graduate of an accredited program?
3) How important is accreditation to larger hospitals when they are looking to hire you?
PLEASE HELP! THANKS!