Old nurse required to get BSN - page 2

by Bellona

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I'm an old RN (my 50th) currently working in NY hospital. Now hospital required all RN to get BSN in nursing. Oh lord .. I graduated nursing school in another country many years back and that school even does not exist anymore! I... Read More


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    Quote from Bellona
    I'm an old RN (my 50th) currently working in NY hospital. Now hospital required all RN to get BSN in nursing. Oh lord .. I graduated nursing school in another country many years back and that school even does not exist anymore! I tried but wasn't able to verify my education anymore.. Does anybody know what online program can accept me to RN-BSN program?
    Wow!!!! Tough situation to be in! My LPN school ceased to exist many years ago and even though I still have the official diploma and have kept a valid LPN license since that day that I first got it a hundred years ago, the local community college treated me as if I was walking right in off the street. Bridging was out of the question since I had everything I needed to prove that I went to a valid nursing school EXCEPT a transcript. I had the original diploma, still do; I had a valid LPN license, still do; but no transcript. The vocational school that I attended was bought out by an area technical school and then they changed their name to -----Technical College. With all of those changes, nobody knew what was done with the records of the first school. I've paid for archive searches several times over the years with no results until I finally gave up on becoming an RN......until I contacted Excelsior College in 2009. Now my student copy unoffical transcript from EC remains under lock and key in my closet safe.

    Right now, my job is not requiring a BSN but I've heard about other areas doing so. Even when I was looking for other RN positions, I met with the ever-popular phrase that I heard when I was an LPN: "Oh, you're just an LPN; we want an RN". Now it's, "Oh, you're just an RN; we want a BSN". So, while it's my choice and not a mandated thing, I figure I would work on a few classes here and there without the stresses of deadlines that a mandate imposes.

    Good luck to you!!!! Been there, done that
    Last edit by BSNINTHEWORKS on Feb 5, '13
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    Have you checked SUNY Learning Network (formerly SUNY Empire State College)? It has been around for a long time, and started as a correspondence school, but it has RN-BSN programs in a few cities. CUNY also has RN-BSN programs in New York City.
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    I feel that requiring all RN's to have BSN's is going to take these nurses away from the bedside. Nurses should remain at the bedside. We all have RN behind our name and that should be good enough. The patient's don't care how many initials or degrees you have what matters the most is the care they receive at your facility. We are going to end up with too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
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    Oh Ihflanurse you give me hope! I am 58 and need to get my BSN, I am a RN ADN, but I don't know, I have a math block but can do just about anything else. I look at the websites of the schools and some of them are so intense I can't even find the info about the program. I need a school that is relaxed. Don't know if that is possible but I will keep looking.


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