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Are 2 year nurses getting phased out?

by mack7580 mack7580 (New) New

I am going to start nursing school in August and I want to get my 2 year and then move to Texas from Minnesota. People keep telling me that pretty soon no businesses will hire 2year RN's and they will require a 4 year RN. I don't want to waste my time if this is true, and I will look for a different career path. Does anyone know if this is true?


Specializes in Home Care, Hospice, OB.

this rumor has been floating around since 1952. not gonna happen while any of us are

alive.... :no:

KaroSnowQueen, RN

Specializes in Telemetry, Case Management. Has 30 years experience.

This tired tale was going around when I started nursing school in 1983 >> they were going to do away with LPNs, and 2 and 3 year RNs. Didn't happen then. Ain't going to happen now.

ND tried to mandate only BSN. The law was repealed in very short order......

Not gonna happen, not any time soon ...


Has 6 years experience.

wow...this BS rumor is like a roach...if there is 1, there are 100s and you just can't get rid of them

maybe the name of this website should be " allnurses.com: home of the everlasting CNA, LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and DSN" and put it in neon on the home page with flashing lights around it

I'm not criticizing the OP at all, because I understand the OP heard this and wanted to find out for him/herself, but would this be the most commonly posted theme on this message board? or perhaps 2nd to how we are mistreated and/or disrespected?

I swear it is the universities that perpetuate that rumor. They are the only ones that have an interest in spreading it. It causes so much fear and anquish to nursing students and ADN and Diploma grads. It is really cruel.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

As others have said, it isn't going to happen any time soon -- and may not happen at all. However, some employers may limit some of the opportunities for ADN grads.

In some communities, there may be enough BSN's to fill the available positions and hospitals may give those nurses a preference in order to save on tuition reimbursement as so many ADN's request assistance to go back to school for their BSN's. It might be cheaper to hire BSN's because their salaries are the same and they are less likely to go back to school in the first couple of years of employment. (though of course, some will go to grad school, the percentage of those who return to school in the first year or two of employment may be less than the percentage of ADN's who go back to school for BSN's.)

Also, some individual units may limit their hiring of new grads to those who have done senior-year capstone experiences in similar units, etc. -- and most of the new grads who meet those requirements may be BSN's in their community. That's the way it is at my hospital. When hiring new grads, we prefer those with some relevant experience. That includes ADN grads who worked as nursing assistants or LPN's, so ADN's do get hired into those units as new grads -- but most of the new grad hires are BSN grads.

So ... just because the ADN's won't be eliminated, you may find a few cases where the career options are a little more limited as a new grad. ... And of course, the options for ADN's for career advancement are more limited.


Specializes in ICU/Critical Care.

I'm sick of this rumor...NO!!


Specializes in neuro, ICU/CCU, tropical medicine. Has 18 years experience.

Most nurses working today and, if I'm not mistaken, most nurses entering the profession are ADNs. With the perpetual nursing shortage there is no way 2 year nurses could be phased out.

Fagedabout it!

Besides, there's the grandfather clause.

nyapa, RN

Specializes in Jack of all trades, and still learning.

A question from an Australian:

Do ADN and BSN nurses get paid the same wage? Have equal opportunities? No difference in their responsibilities or role?

I ask this because our system is a three year degree course. Our Enrolled Nurses (like LPNs) have gone from a one year course (called Certificate IV) to a 2 year course (Diploma of Nursing). It won't change the latter's wages or responsibilities.

txspadequeenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor. Has 20 years experience.


seanpdent, ADN, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in ICU. Has 16 years experience.

Heh heh.. well I'm a "2yr" RN.. from a diploma school. So I may be just a tad biased here... but...

I'd love to see an employer refuse a nurse these days simply because of them being a "2yr" not a "3" or "4 yr" nurse. UUhh has anyone seen the latest statistics on the nursing shortage supply and demand.



Specializes in Home Care, Hospice, OB.

a question from an australian:

do adn and bsn nurses get paid the same wage? have equal opportunities? no difference in their responsibilities or role?

i ask this because our system is a three year degree course. our enrolled nurses (like lpns) have gone from a one year course (called certificate iv) to a 2 year course (diploma of nursing). it won't change the latter's wages or responsibilities.

in the us, rn's from all three entry educations--adn, bsn, and hospital diploma grads---take the same boards, except in the territory of puerto rico, which issues a "higher" level license to bsn's, who take more advanced boards.

new rn grads usually make the same, more or less. the difference appears down the road, as more management, education, and out of hospital jobs such as case managment are open to bsn's, as they have are viewed as having a true (four year) "college degree".:grad:

lpn's are a different license, and education is a vo-tech school or community college, but the full time program is about a year, give or take a few months. to the best of my knowledge, lpn's do not get an associates degree, but i may be mistaken, as so much in the us varies state-to state and regionally.:typing

With a nursing shortage? Now, with the way the people in high places have been acting lately it wouldn't surprise me but it sure is a ridiculous idea considering the facts.

This rumor is as old as dirt and probably generated by BSN schools to generate more students.

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

:deadhorse:No offense to the OP...but I am soooo tired about hearing the rumors of this:uhoh3:


Specializes in Med-Surg, Cardiac. Has 4 years experience.

Even if it were going to happen in our lifetime, I'd still rather get a 2 year RN then go the RN to BSN route to finish my education while earning money.

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