I know this has probably been discussed to death on here and after I read this topic:
I still couldn't really get a definitive answer. I currently have a BS in kinesiology and would like to pursue nursing with a specialty in orthopedics. My plan is to get an associate in nursing and work as an RN, I'm not real clear if I would have to go back for a BSN or not.
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Jan 14, '14
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN
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There is currently a move towards RN BSN only entry to nursing. Many facilities....depending on where you live...are requiring BSN only apply for new grads. There is NO NURSING SHORTAGE and with a plethora of nursing rads hospitals can hire whomever they wish. You may find that with a ADN/ASN you will have difficulty finding work. In some parts of the country even with a BSN there remains difficulty in finding work with some areas of the country having a 47% unemployment of nurses especially new grads. The market is saturated.
Many facilities are requiring new nurses to get a BSN within a certain amount of time usually about 5 years.
Since you have a bachelors already it might behoove you to look into ABSN/accelerated BSN programs. They are expensive but are usually 2 years in length.
Last edit by Esme12 on Jun 26, '14