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Hello, I have some questions about being an RN. I've been looking at some of the programs in the Hampton Roads area. Hopefully you guys can clear up some of my concerns....
-Does it matter how you become and RN (through employers' eyes?)
-Is it true that a BSN nurse and an RN with an associate's degree get paid the same from the start?
-I already have a BSHA, can this be utilized as an RN?
-Lastly, I hear that employers in the Hampton Roads area look down on RN students from MCI/ECPI....is this true?
Thanks in advance!!
The best route to take for somebody starting out would be to shoot for a BSN degree from one of the traditional four year schools like ODU, Norfolk State, etc. A BSN will take you farther than an associates or a diploma will, but if time or money is an issue then getting your license and going to work is paramount, you can always go back and get the BSN later.
I'm not sure that BSN nurses starting out make all that much more than a diploma or associates degree. What gets you the bucks is experience. If you have prior health care experience that is always positve. I'm not sure what the BSHA degree entails, most programs have pre-reqs for biology, chemistry, A&P 1 and 2 and micro as well as courses in english, psychology and a math requirement. Some programs like Sentara and MCI are looking for people to come in with 1.5 years of college credits including all the pre-reqs and walk out the door in 2.5 years with a BSN. Just keep in mind that not every school is fully accredited for the programs they offer. Sentara while a fine school, is accredited to offer a diploma, not a BSN and they wont get that accreditation till they graduate a class or two of BSN nurses. That may not affect your job search
but may impact going on for further degrees. It's worth asking the question of the recruiters before you sign on the dotted line.
I don't have any personal experience with MCI in this area, the only thing I can say with assurance is that they are quite a bit more expensive than the other options. Whether an employer would elevate somebody from a different program above them is pure speculation. I'm in level 3 (out of 6) at Riverside in Newport News which is a diploma program and for sure Riverside does not discriminate against its own grads when it comes hiring time. Ours is a well respected program and we do get lots of clinical time which is a big factor in how well you will do once you graduate. The AS programs offered by TCC and TNCC are also good, and are on the cheaper side compared to other programs, so they do have waiting lists. Sentara and Bon Secours are the other two hospital affiliated programs, both have transitioned to a BSN degree, but again, I would ask some probing questions first. Bon Secours has you travel one night per week up to Richmond for classes, that is what I last know about it, it may have since changed. The for profit schools include MCI and Fortis. I did know one lady that worked with my wife as an LPN and went to Fortis that did not have really good things to say about it. But she did pass the NCLEX on the first go around so that has to say something.
Good luck, shoot me a PM if you have any specific questions I may be able to answer.