BSN vs non-nursing BA/BS

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    Hello all,

    I am in an ADN program to become an RN. I am hearing lots of different things about facilities hiring associate's level RNs versus BSNs. I already have a bachelor's degree in another field. Is that ever taken into consideration when applying for nursing positions? I do plan to return to school when I'm done with this program...not sure yet whether I will do a BSN program, or an RN to MSN bridge type program. I am just curious about whether having my BA plus an RN license will help me initially. Thanks for any feedback!

    P.S. I live in Atlanta. Not sure if that matters any as far as requirements.
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    It really varies institution by institution. I am a ADN with BS in another field. Many of the hospitals here are putting in that they will consider an ADN with BS in another field and expectation to finish BSN.

    Some are saying BSN only but since most new nurses are still ADNs (60%ish) , I am seeing hospitals loosen up.
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    Quote from catdawg
    I am hearing lots of different things about facilities hiring associate's level RNs versus BSNs. I already have a bachelor's degree in another field. Is that ever taken into consideration when applying for nursing positions?
    Not that I'm aware of. I hold a BS in another field and it is not considered at all. My nursing degree is the only that counts.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    Not that I'm aware of. I hold a BS in another field and it is not considered at all. My nursing degree is the only that counts.
    Thanks for your feedback
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    Quote from adnrnstudent
    It really varies institution by institution. I am a ADN with BS in another field. Many of the hospitals here are putting in that they will consider an ADN with BS in another field and expectation to finish BSN.

    Some are saying BSN only but since most new nurses are still ADNs (60%ish) , I am seeing hospitals loosen up.
    Thanks for your feedback. I'm hoping it can get me in the door!
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    Just plan on getting your BSN. You can probably do it in 1 term (6 months) at WGU, since with your previous degree and A.D.N. you will have most if not all pre-req. done, and may only need the 7 core nursing classes and public health practicum. Rea on here about WGU. There are many happy grads, (myself included.)
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    Quote from happyinillinois
    Just plan on getting your BSN. You can probably do it in 1 term (6 months) at WGU, since with your previous degree and A.D.N. you will have most if not all pre-req. done, and may only need the 7 core nursing classes and public health practicum. Rea on here about WGU. There are many happy grads, (myself included.)
    Thanks! Someone was actually just telling me about that program on Friday. I'll definitely check it out.
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    I have an ADN and a bachelors degree in another field. I plan on getting my BSN because many hospitals are becoming magnet status and are requiring RNs to have their BSN and many job postings are stating "BSN preferred" under their qualifications. I too am looking into WGU to get my BSN. Good luck!


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