2year RN vs BSN

  1. 0 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 it fruitless to go after the 2year RN and what really is the difference and can I work with then pause after the 2yrs RN and then go back for BSN? Just curious with all this shifting in the market place.
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  3. Visit  joysimone} profile page

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  4. Visit  tokyoROSE} profile page
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    Yes, magnet hospitals must hire a certain amount of BSN vs ADN to attain/keep that status. However, I wouldn't say that it is fruitless to go for the ADN. It is important to look at jobs in your area. New grads are having a tough time. If your area isn't affected, I would recommend that route. Often, the hospital will pay for your RN to BSN schooling too.

    The difference between BSN and ADN is that BSN students have management, policy, liberal classes, etc on top of regular nursing courses. If you go into a BSN program, you cannot pause and go back. You get your RN at the end of the four year program.
  5. Visit  joysimone} profile page
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    Ah thanks for this, well I want to do the RN pause, maybe get paid to take the BSN and move on so by the time the whole turn-over happens hopefully I would have the BSN oh boy what a road I'm taking Thanks for the clear up though, just getting nervous. I've already got a BA but in Radio/TV and can't do the fast track program due to the job constraints and the GPA is literally .01 point off
  6. Visit  caliotter3} profile page
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    You can go back for a BSN, but you might save time, money, and aggravation by getting your nursing degree from a BSN program to begin with.
  7. Visit  s0ad} profile page
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    I know the very large hospital near my parent's home is now *only* hiring BSN nurses. Any nurse with a 2-year degree may stay, only if they get their BSN within a certain number of years (2 or 3 I think?). I believe the hospital will pay for it.

    I would certainly go for the BSN. If you only get into 2-year programs or it is only what you can do financially I would suggest getting your RN to BSN online or via a traditional university. Its what I plan on doing anyway. The job market is so competitive, I'd like any edge I can get.
  8. Visit  futrn} profile page
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    For my situation it is faster for me to get my ASN and then do the transition to BSN program. It would take me longer to get my AA and then to start a traditional BSN route...but I am not a traditional student straight out of highschool nor am I an older student who already has another degree so look into it...here once I get my Associates which will be two years they will give me 30 credits towards my bachelors degree so it will only take me one more year for the BSN. And since I will already be a RN I will have the option of working while I finish my BSN.
  9. Visit  FLhusker} profile page
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    There are hospitals here, in NE Florida, that will only hire BSN. After taking all of my re-reqs, it will take me just as much time to get an ASN as it will a BSN. I have applied to both but if I don't get into the BSN after two application tries then I will get ASN and then go back for one year to get the RN to BSN bridge. It will take an extra year but it will be worth it.....even at my age (42).
  10. Visit  Lily2011} profile page
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    Quote from tokyoROSE
    Yes, magnet hospitals must hire a certain amount of BSN vs ADN to attain/keep that status. However, I wouldn't say that it is fruitless to go for the ADN. It is important to look at jobs in your area. New grads are having a tough time. If your area isn't affected, I would recommend that route. Often, the hospital will pay for your RN to BSN schooling too.

    The difference between BSN and ADN is that BSN students have management, policy, liberal classes, etc on top of regular nursing courses. If you go into a BSN program, you cannot pause and go back. You get your RN at the end of the four year program.
    I agree with tokyoROSE, getting your BSN now is the very best option if you EVER plan on going on with schooling to obtain an advanced-practice degree (NP, CRNA, etc.). Many hospitals (mostly magnet) now require nurses with their ADNs to go back to school to get their BSN so you are best off to get it in the first place.
  11. Visit  UVA Grad Nursing} profile page
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    If you can go for the BSN, do it. You will not regret it.

    While you could attend a 2-year school to get your ADN, you will likely have a harder time finding a job. In my town, 1/4 of the ADN graduating class from 2010 is still looking for jobs. Very few of the 2011 students have jobs. The this is the same at community colleges across the state, and it it likely that the community colleges will be reducing nursing enrollments next year because of the budget cuts and the difficulty in ADN graduates to get jobs. One dean I spoke with was expecting to enroll 1/3 fewer students in 2012 than they did in 2010.

    Another thing to consider is that many employers in my area are decreasing their tuition benefits to employees. One local hospital reduced their annual benefits from $2000/year to $600/year. Another only provides the tuition for the cheapest instate school (212/credit) regardless of the cost of the program.
  12. Visit  rn4me2be} profile page
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    Check around in your area. It's different everywhere. In my area we have two schools: the CC and the University. The hospitals here will hire an ADN RN from the CC over the BSN RN from the University because our CC trains better nurses - higher nclex pass rate, better clinical skills, etc. But that is how it is where I am. It all depends on where you live. I even saw a job opening here the other day for a nurse mgt position and ADN was the required education level. Just remember it's different everywhere!
  13. Visit  trinitymaster} profile page
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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.
  14. Visit  LVNBSN2} profile page
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    Save yourself time and trouble and get the BSN.
  15. Visit  grpman} profile page
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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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