RN vs. BSN - page 4

by mmarqua4 | 155,323 Views | 64 Comments

I am wondering what the differences in RN and BSN are. I am in the process of deciding to get my RN or go all out and get my BSN. Is there a big difference in pay for BSN, or do (small towns) just want nurses, not depending on... Read More


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    I'm not saying you shouldn't get your BSN. Im sure eventually a BSN will be the minimum requirement for a registered nurse. I think depending on your situation, its smarter to get your ADN then bridge to your BSN and let the hospital pay for it. If you go straight for your BSN, and have a bunch of debt its going to be a LOT harder to find a hospital that will pay off all your loans then it would be to have the hospital you work for pay for your bridge program. While at the same time your getting experience while earning your BSN. Not to mention the fact that a lot of people go into nursing then realize its not for them. Especially now in this economy when it seems like everyone is going into nursing so they can find a job. If you go for your BSN and then realize its not for you, then what?
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    I think in certain areas of the country, it is very difficult for a new graduate to get a job, and in particular a new grad with an associates degree. Maybe St Louis is different from NYC.
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    I think it might be different in St. Louis because before I decided whether to get my RN or BSN i spoke with a lot of ADN nurses who had recently graduated from my school and they said pretty much everyone has found a job soon after they graduated, especially if you get a nurse tech job before you finish. I do know a few of the hospitals prefer BSN nurses but most will hire both.
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    Uh, there can be no such thing as RN vs BSN.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Uh, there can be no such thing as RN vs BSN.
    Well yeah, but we all know what was intended
    spore2008 likes this.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Uh, there can be no such thing as RN vs BSN.
    Actually, yes there can be.

    RN is a government issued license, while a BSN is an academic degree. One of several educational routes that allow one to test to become an RN.
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    Quote from XY_Learner
    Well yeah, but we all know what was intended
    *** I must be slow cause I didn't. All the people I know with BSNs are RNs.
    Multicollinearity likes this.
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    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    Actually, yes there can be.

    RN is a government issued license, while a BSN is an academic degree. One of several educational routes that allow one to test to become an RN.
    *** Yes, no kidding.
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    I have a question... Once i get my adn, if i decide to
    go back for my bsn, do i have to take the nclex again???
    In other words, is the nclex rn the same for adn and bsn
    or diffrent
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    Quote from lvnbaby
    I have a question... Once i get my adn, if i decide to
    go back for my bsn, do i have to take the nclex again???
    In other words, is the nclex rn the same for adn and bsn
    or diffrent
    *** Nope, once you pass the NCLEX you never have to take it again reguardless of what other degrees you get. An RN has a scope of practice. The RN scope of practice is exactly the same for an RN with an ADN as it is for an RN with a BSN or MSN, or DNP, or Phd. As far as scope of practice goes an RN is an RN. Some nurses with MSN or DNP are advanced practice nurses ( nurse practitioners, CRNA, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives) with a different scope of practice but they have their own certifying exams and still never need to take the NCLEX again.
    lvnbaby likes this.


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