Depends entirely on the employer. But the trend is certainly in the direction of preferring or even requiring the BSN. Some employers
consider an ADN/diploma plus a BA/BS in something else to be a close enough equivalent to a BSN, some don't.
20 years ago
(wow, has it really been that long?), when I was in a BSN completion program in my nearest state university, a large cohort of the BSN completion students were nurse managers from the largest local hospital -- the administration had called them all together one day and announced that the hospital was going to an all-BSN policy for unit nurse managers, and, unless you had a BSN by (X date
) you were not going to have your nurse manager position (they weren't going to fire them, but they would be moved back into staff nurse positions). So, a whole bunch of them had traipsed over to the school and signed up for the BSN completion program. (They were v
. put out about this and most of them were a pretty toxic presence in the classroom all the way through the program.)
I'm guessing that, if you're working on a BS in biochem, you're planning on using that to get out
of nursing (or maybe into a CRNA program?) If so, what does it matter?