I'm just curious to where 2nd degree students who have/or are in the process of completeing an ADN fall in this whole debate. After completeing their associates. Are thses students eligible for the BSN differential even though they may have a bachelor's or MSN in another field. Can they still apply to BSN preferred jobs in hospitals? Sometimes I hear yes and other times I hear no. By no means am I saying that a B.S in another field equates to a BSN. These are two diffrent degrees.
But a BS and and MSN are degrees, nmonetheless. And most who are entering this field at this moment are 2nd degree students and that can't be ignored either.
So in the nursing profession do these degress equate to zero in the eyes of the hospitals/management? Can we not apply to BSN preferred jobs as well?
Basically where do we fit in?
I don't know of any hospitals that will give you anything for a degree earned in a field outside of nursing. That is, if you have a Bachelor's in an unrelated field and then get an Associates in nursing, it's the ADN that is considered for employment and compensation.
You do not have a BSN in nursing, but rather a BS or BA in another field, so.....no differential because your nursing education is ADN, not BSN. You can always apply for "BSN preferred" positions with or without a prior degree, but understand that the BSN IS preferred, and the ADN you hold may or may not be what they want.
It's not uncommon at all for ADNs to have prior degrees, higher degrees, but when it comes to entry level nursing, those are essentially irrelevant. It's not that those degrees aren't important when it comes down to choosing two otherwise identical candidates, but that extra degree in and of itself doesn't make you preferred for entry level.
Last edit by RNsRWe on May 29, '07