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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I have my bachelor's degree and really like to dedicate myself to becoming a nurse. I'm accepted into 2 different programs a) 2nd BSN at my alma mater and b) RN program at local community college... they both will take 3 calendar years but the BSN will have way more classes than RN program in the 1st year... your thoughts?

Dear Accepted,

Congrats on being accepted to both programs.

Go with the BSN program. A BSN is needed for almost all career advancement or even opportunities beyond clinical bedside nursing. You will never regret getting your BSN.

A Bachelor's degree in any other field will not be recognized as a substitute for a BSN

If you take the RN program at your community college, you will earn your associate's degree in nursing (ADN) and have to go back later for your BSN

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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