SICK of BSN Pedestal - page 18

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Get off the Pedestal with the whole BSN vs ADN thing. A fact this is overlooked is that ADN does the same job as BSN and passes the NCLEX. Everyone then cried ADN is uneducated blah blah. WHY dont we look at the 4 year... Read More


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    Quote from Esme12
    I agree.......Isn't that what an "accelerated BSN" is? You already have a 4 year degree in something else.......therefore you can be called a 4 year degree nurse after a 2 year education (because you already spent your money on fluff extraneous courses).

    Are they "better than" another nurse with an ADN 2 year education? Frankly...no.
    The curriculum for aBSN and ADN is quite different, at least for most schools.

    And I would argue that in the future a population of bachelor-educated nurses is "better than" a population of associates-educated nurses.
    Last edit by BostonFNP on Feb 23, '13
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    There was an article in this week's NYT basically stating something many of us have known for along time now; employers are now requiring a bachelor's degree for entry level hiring regardless of the position.

    Article mainly focused on a law firm in Atlanta, GA where even the file clerk, runner/gofer, paralegal and receptionist all have four year degrees.

    Several theories were put forth as to why this national trend has taken hold but employers interviewed including the partners of this particular law frim stated that they view those who persued a four year degree as more motivated and goal driven. Indeed several of the employees interviewed from this firm started in one job but were soon given extra work and or moved up because they showed ability.

    Also per the article today's job market is flooded with those seeking employment so employers are drawing a line in the sand to weed out some of the applicants.

    Don't know if one can post the link here but the story is easily found on Google news or elsewhere.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    There was an article in this week's NYT basically stating something many of us have known for along time now; employers are now requiring a bachelor's degree for entry level hiring regardless of the position.

    Article mainly focused on a law firm in Atlanta, GA where even the file clerk, runner/gofer, paralegal and receptionist all have four year degrees.

    Several theories were put forth as to why this national trend has taken hold but employers interviewed including the partners of this particular law frim stated that they view those who persued a four year degree as more motivated and goal driven. Indeed several of the employees interviewed from this firm started in one job but were soon given extra work and or moved up because they showed ability.

    Also per the article today's job market is flooded with those seeking employment so employers are drawing a line in the sand to weed out some of the applicants.

    Don't know if one can post the link here but the story is easily found on Google news or elsewhere.
    ^I was told to reach for a Bachelors in ALL professions in middle school about twenty years ago...when there was a bad stretch in the nursing market then...My teachers and counselors were encouraging us. If we got a Associates, great, but we needed to have a university lined up. Same thing throughout high school as well. In my area, teachers are required to have their Masters; my Science teachers had their doctorates.

    Fast forward, it is now a reality. I'm all for the entry level aspects as having required courses in Philosophy, Humanities, Art/Foreign language, Sciences, Math, Economics/Statistics, English; including public speaking gives a great base in interacting with various backgrounds, as well as critical thinking skills and communication skills.
    Eventually, a lot of the Associate Degree programs are going to partner with local Universities to have students complete their Bachelors. In my area, this had been happening for at least a decade in my area, so the opportunities and accessibility is there...and that is a good thing.

    The potentially bad thing is "weeding out people" People at least need to make a living and have the means to have an opportunity in having a career and make a living, because minimum wage is laughable in terms of being comfortable and to have a mortgage and run a household.

    Ok, off my soapbox
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    Quote from Esme12
    I agree.......Isn't that what an "accelerated BSN" is? You already have a 4 year degree in something else.......therefore you can be called a 4 year degree nurse after a 2 year education (because you already spent your money on fluff extraneous courses).

    Are they "better than" another nurse with an ADN 2 year education? Frankly...no.
    No, that is not how accelerated programs are designed. The accelerated programs require you to complete all the required pre-requisites a typical BSN completes, so someone may spend a several semesters after they graduated with their "fluff degree" taking add'l courses.

    The 2 year education involves taking more course hours per semester than a traditional program. I did an accelerated program, & we took 18 hours per semester & were enrolled in summer courses. That's why it's called "accelerated". If it was less work, then maybe it would be a different degree.

    As for prior degrees being "fluff degrees", the medical director at my last job told me that medical schools were trending toward preferring applicants with a more diverse educational background (as opposed to your typical science degrees) because they were well-rounded & adaptable. An interdisciplinary education may come in handy in nursing as well.
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    Quote from mariebailey
    No, that is not how accelerated programs are designed. The accelerated programs require you to complete all the required pre-requisites a typical BSN completes, so someone may spend a several semesters after they graduated with their "fluff degree" taking add'l courses.

    The 2 year education involves taking more course hours per semester than a traditional program. I did an accelerated program, & we took 18 hours per semester & were enrolled in summer courses. That's why it's called "accelerated". If it was less work, then maybe it would be a different degree.

    As for prior degrees being "fluff degrees", the medical director at my last job told me that medical schools were trending toward preferring applicants with a more diverse educational background (as opposed to your typical science degrees) because they were well-rounded & adaptable. An interdisciplinary education may come in handy in nursing as well.
    Cannot speak for any where else but in NYC at least most ABSN programs will require about one half to one year of pre-reqs before one can apply based upon one's previous course work. Much of these requirements are the standard science (A&P I and II with labs), Microbiology (with lab) general and organic chemistry (with labs) that all NYS BSN students take. The rest is usually 100 level Eng, Soc, Stats and a few others. It is only because it is not possible to take the sciences out of sequence (A&P and chemistry) that you have the year of course work. Of course if one has taken some or all of the prereqs as part of a previous four year degree they are usually grandfathered over.

    Here is Hunter-Bellevue's ABSN prerequisties:

    Science Prerequisite Course of Study with a minimum grade of B or its equivalent:
    • General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 100/101) or higher equivalent course
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 120/121) or higher equivalent course
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 120 & BIOL 122) 2 courses
    • Introduction to Statistics (STAT 113) or higher equivalent course
    • Microbiology with lab (BIOL 230)
    • English Composition (ENGL 120)
    • General Psychology (PSYCH 100)
    • Human Development (Developmental Psychology of the Life Span) (PSYCH 150) 1 course
    • Nutrition (NFS 141)
    • A Genetics course is required to apply. Genome Biology (BIOL 105) to be offered at Hunter College beginning Fall 2013
    The other major difference is undergraduates seeking admission to the "generic" RN program must have completed 60 credits before submitting their application for entry, ABSN students OTOH have no such requirement.

    OTOH The College of Mount Saint Vincent's ABSN has some what easier requirements for entry: http://www.mountsaintvincent.edu/6437.htm
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    I think the biggest challenge in allowing different levels of education having the same license there is a lack of respect from other professions when it comes to nursing. I think it is important to have one standard which should ultimately be BSN. The silliness in this argument is that people take this fact personal...I think ADNs are excellent....well prepared and have great clinical skills. At this point it's important to advance and excel in the nursing profession and balance things out....so this argument can just go away!

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    alicia125- so beautifully put! You made the point I've been trying to make but couldn't find the words!
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    Quote from NurseGuyBri
    alicia125- so beautifully put! You made the point I've been trying to make but couldn't find the words!
    Thanks NurseGuyBri!

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    Quote from Esme12
    I agree.......Isn't that what an "accelerated BSN" is? You already have a 4 year degree in something else.......therefore you can be called a 4 year degree nurse after a 2 year education (because you already spent your money on fluff extraneous courses).

    A
    \re they "better than" another nurse with an ADN 2 year education? Frankly...no.
    Oh Geez. Here we go again. A college education is fluffy and extraneous. Let's just keep cranking them out every 2 years so that they become expendable.
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    Quote from tavskeez
    I'm a recent Bachelors of Science educated Nurse in California. Before even applying to the clinical portion of Nursing i took Anatomy and Physiology I & II, a Philosophy series, a Psychology series, Pharmacology, an entire chemistry series before O-chem, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, an entire English series, an entire Humanities series, Statistics, Human Development, Cell Physiology, Developmental Biology, General Ecology, and Mammalogy.....before taking one single nursing class.

    This education allows me to attend a Masters program if i so desire, or perhaps a PhD program if i one day feel that i can give back by educating and transitioning students into our amazing field. I will never feel ashamed for this education. In fact, it is one of the highest sources of pride in my life.

    I graduated in December 2012 and was offered a position late January 2013 with a starting pay of $42.90/hr. I am scared out of my mind. Will i be the best nurse on the floor? No, i wont even pretend to believe I'm more knowledgeable than the CNA with one day of experience. But what i do know is that i have the tenacity and gumption of sticking out college for five years and graduating with honors. I know that i mastered a didactic curriculum of nursing theory and skill. I know that wherever i go i will succeed. Whether this is intrinsic to my personality or a product of my education, i do not know.

    Lets keep advancing.
    Well said!!!
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