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    you're an RN and you get your degree at a two year school compared to a BSN at a four year school? What other job opportunities open up with a BSN? Will an associate degree nurse make as much as a BSN? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Associate Degree RNs and nurses with a Bachelor's degree are both prepared for entry level nursing practice at the same level. So the beginning opportunities are the same, and the salary is relatively the same.

    As you age and as you look for work beyond the entry level, then the BSN allows for more options in BSN-required and BSN-preferred positions such as in education, research, safety, pharmaceuatical companies, case management, public health, etc.

    If possible, it's worth it to get the BSN out of the way now. If not, going the ADN route will open up a wide range of opportunities at a decent salary, and you can always get a BSN later. Most emplolyers help pay for ADN RNs to go back to school and finish their BSN.

    Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.
    Last edit by Tweety on Jul 28, '08


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