Associates RN vs BSN

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    Is there a huge difference in salary, or marketability, or ability to land a job versus the two? I already hold a BS in communications, so after my prereqs would it be a better idea to just get an associates and start working, or to go all the way through and get another bachelors? Very much looking forward to hearing different opinions and experiences with this.
    Thanks!
    Derek
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    Here in NJ it is very hard to find a job in a hospital with an associates. If you already have a Bachelors I suggest looking into RN programs at 4 year colleges. If you already hold a bachelors you might be able to obtain you BSN in 2 years...instead of doing the 2 years for your associates.

    I'm sure in most places there is a difference in pay.... but not in my hospital... all nurses are paid the same no matter what degree or specialty.

    Go for your BSN
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    Right now no new grad is looking good at getting a job.
    Otherwise, where I am at, ADN lands a job the same as BSN with little difference in pay.
    Just like Mamaxmaria said it may not take you long to get your BSN vs ADN.
    BSN takes you further in a place of employment too. i.e. management.
    If the cost of BSN does not daunt you go for it. That was my major reason for going for ADN instead of BSN. I had small kids and a very small budget and did not want alot of student loans.
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    Do a search here on AN, you will find this topic discussed many times. You may find the answers you are looking for. Good luck.
    leslie :-D likes this.
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    From more recent posts it seems hospitals are more interested in hiring nurses with a BSN. However I really think it depends on the area of the country you live in. A lot of new grads are having problems finding jobs regardless of their degree.

    If you already have a BS, I would look into nursing programs that have accelerated BSN programs.

    The pay scale is not much different. Most facility's pay is based on years of experience, but not all.
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    Quote from NurseLoveJoy88
    Do a search here on AN, you will find this topic discussed many times. You may find the answers you are looking for. Good luck.
    yep, we even have a forum re this very issue, bsn vs adn, diploma nsg.

    in your case, i would undoubtedly get your bsn.
    these days, it's transitioning as the minimum entry into nsg.
    shouldn't even be a consideration.
    the time it'd take you to get your associates, you could have your bsn already.

    leslie
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    It seems like the BSN is a better fit for a career-growth type of position. However, if you're just in a hurry to start working the ADN would probably serve you better. You could then work while doing the RN-BSN from a "real" online school. That was actually my plan, but the ADN program will full up and the "generic" BSN program wasn't so I got into the BSN. I have a science degree, myself, so I had all the prereqs. Either way, I would've had to put in two years just to sit for the licensure test, but the ADN program would've required less classes thus less work on my part (plus cheaper) while I'm in school and already working two other jobs. I don't mind now though. I won't have to do any extra stuff later. I'll just have the BSN. Interestingly, a couple of people that had started off a semester into the ADN program, then quit to get into the BSN program say our program is more student-oriented. Even though there are some higher academic demands they say the faculty is more helpful and more geared towards preparing them/us for career roles. The way they talk the ADN program was just a funnel; push people through as fast as you can with no regard for learning.
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    Having an RN license isn't good enough (whether it's an Associates or BSN). It the other things you do to stand out.

    I have my associates. Landed an extremely competitive position at a hospital (even on day shift) - but I volunteered at the hospital for over two years, I also volunteered considerably in the community.
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    take your bs/ba and apply to a bachelor's-in-anything-to-mn program, or at very least an accelerated bsn program. don't waste your time on an associate's degree. it really won't save you much in the infinite scheme of things, and it will actually delay things in some ways. you think nursing school is hard (or will)? try doing it while you're actually working as a nurse. waaaay harder. go read the thread.
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    IMHO I don't think it has to be an either or decision. I am currently in an ADN RN program, and if there are no jobs when I finish, I will just do a 1 year bridge program to a BSN. That way, I'll either be working and getting experience under my belt (which is really the key to getting the job you want) or I'll be getting my BSN in 3 years rather than 4.
    SweetseRN likes this.


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