2year RN vs BSN - page 2

Hello I wasn't sure where to post this but this is a quick question from a prospective nursing student to a 2 year college, I've been hearing that more hospitals are angling for 4 year degrees as they try to become "magnets" is... Read More

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    Do the BSN. I am an ADN with 14 years experience in everything except ER and ambulatory care. I cannot get a job at any of the local hospitals because I do not have my BSN. Both ADN's and BSN's pass the same NCLEX. However, the ANCC is trying to destroy the benefits that nurses have gained over the years by mandating an 80-20 ratio of BSN-ADN. They know full well that the only way to meet that goal is to import cheap nursing labor from overseas.

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    Save yourself time and trouble and get the BSN.
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    Where I live there is only one hospital that is going for magnet status and is now, for the most part, hiring bsn's only. However, all the others are taking ADN's. I question if some of the ADN's that are quoted as not getting hired are simply looking for a certain job and shift and will not settle for less, but I'm speculating. I would suggest finding out how many hospitals in your area are going for magnet and that will give you an idea as to the market where you live.

    Also, you can get your 2 year, then pause and finish your BSN. I know several people that have done that simply to acclimate to nursing a bit before adding a couse load as well. This also equates to making money sooner and getting tuition reimbursement if available.

    In any field, more education is always better. The real question is what fits you best. Also, a BSN on paper is the same no matter what route. Good luck.
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    The BSN is the goal you want to achieve. How you get there depends on many factors. Yes, its easier just to shoot for the BSN and get it done and over with. However, if you will be attending an ADN program its not totally hopeless. You can do the RN-BSN program while you're working or before you start working. Some hospitals will help pay or reimburse you for that BSN education, depending on where you work. As for landing a job, usually the BSN is preferred. But, I'd definitely wouldn't say places wouldn't hire an ADN-RN, because they do.
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    I have a question. I will be receiving my bachelors degree in criminal justice in May but have decided that I want to become a nurse. I am currently applying to a to year ADN program and eventually during the year some accelerated BSN programs since I will already obtain my bachelors degree.

    Does anyone have any advice on which type of program I should focus more on? I know that getting into any nursing program is competitive but I have heard that accelerated BSN's are extremely hard to get into. If anyone could help I would appreciate it!

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