HELP with nursing credential order

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    Hey there guys.

    I got my BSN and then I pass my NCLEX-RN Never had any other credentials or degrees. I am not quite sure how to write out the nursing credentials. I read some where that it should be the order you receive it. So then it would be for me:

    xj3nnerz, BSN, RN

    but I also see it as xj3nnerz, RN, BSN.

    Can someone clarify for me please. Thanks!
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    It goes BSN, RN, and later any other certification credentials. Degree goes first. My professors explained it that it goes by the credential that's most difficult to lose. You aren't going to lose the degree, you're not likely to not renew your licenese, you may decide to drop your certs.
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    Personally, I'm opting for ♪♫ in my ♥, RN and leaving all the degrees and credentials on my CV.
    roser13, kids, and mzjennx like this.
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    do what many nurses do... in my hospital the rns put rn first, then degree, then certs. why? the reason i am given is that they are rns first. there is no such thing as a bsn or msn profession. the profession is rn. so, nurses saying "i am a bsn" are stating that "he/she is a degree", which is not true. plus, anyone can get a degree, but not anyone can be licensed (there are a few that graduated with me with no license). therefore, you have a bsn, like i have an mba. i am not an mba. i am a registered nurse with an mba (among other degrees).

    outside of the work setting, a few times i have seen people choose to use degree, license, certs when writing articles or books. on the other hand, most of my textbooks are written rn, ph.d, blah... so i plan to keep this format in my future unless otherwise asked to do differently.
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    so it really doesnt matter but preference. well im proud of my bsn! so i think im going to go with

    xj3nnerz, BSN, RN

    unless this is wrong, but i dont want to be wrong. so if anyone else wants to clarify please do.
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    Quote from xj3nnerz
    so it really doesnt matter but preference. well im proud of my bsn! so i think im going to go with

    xj3nnerz, BSN, RN

    unless this is wrong, but i dont want to be wrong. so if anyone else wants to clarify please do.
    I say, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do..." as the folks making up badges in the hospital which way they do it and then follow suit.
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    You are correct with the BSN first, as Katnip said. If you look up references and such on line for protocol, it is the highest degree you've earned (which is almost impossible to have revoked) first, then the license (which an RN has, being "registered" with the state as a provider who passed their boards), then credentials such as CEN, CCRN (pass an exam, specific to a specialty). Other credentials that are easier to get, such as ACLS, most of us do not list but you could if you wanted.

    Yes! Be proud of your hard work and wear it! At my hospital, some use the degree and some don't, and most of us really don't care, we just want to know you can do your job! Most patients don't know the difference anyway, we're all just maids anyhow
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    You do not put ACLS after your name. It's not intended for that.

    Otherwise, as a few of the above have said, it goes in order of hardest to lose. Such as I am Marvin1379, BS, RN, OCN. Ive heard conflicting opinions about "BSN." technically, it's wrong and it doesn't exist. It is a bachelor of science degree majoring in nursing. Some places do have Bachelors of Nursing which would then be a BN. Furthermore, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. If so many put BSN, then why does noone put BSP? Computer science graduates don't put BSCS. It is very pertentious to put BSN and basically say "look at me nursing world! I have a bachelor's degree! You only have a diploma or associates!!" now, we should be proud of academic achievement, but to make up a crediential is just foolish and sad. The initials of the credential depends on the degree that you obtained, not the major.
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    Quote from Marvin1379
    Ive heard conflicting opinions about "BSN." technically, it's wrong and it doesn't exist. It is a bachelor of science degree majoring in nursing... Furthermore, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. If so many put BSN, then why does noone put BSP? Computer science graduates don't put BSCS. It is very pertentious to put BSN and basically say "look at me nursing world! I have a bachelor's degree! You only have a diploma or associates!!" now, we should be proud of academic achievement, but to make up a crediential is just foolish and sad. The initials of the credential depends on the degree that you obtained, not the major.
    I'm interested to hear this perspective, one that I've not seen discussed before. Bringing my BS from another field of study I've several times wondered about this... why is nursing the only field that I've ever seen where the initial of the field of study are appended to the degree?

    It hasn't struck me as pretentious so much as it has as being insecure.

    Why do we see BSN and MSN but we don't see PhDN?

    Nursing is also the only field that I've seen in which people routinely put sub-doctoral degrees on their identification badges, cards, papers, etc. In the high tech world, even PhDs rarely put their degree on anything except their business card or a professional publication (certainly not on an ID badge).

    I think the alphabet soup of nursing looks a little silly, to be honest. Perhaps other nurses are impressed by it but nobody else is.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    I'm interested to hear this perspective, one that I've not seen discussed before. Bringing my BS from another field of study I've several times wondered about this... why is nursing the only field that I've ever seen where the initial of the field of study are appended to the degree?
    The business profession does this, too. So does social work.

    BBA = Bachelor of business administration; MBA = master of business administration

    BSW = Bachelor of social work; MSW = master of social work


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