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ASN vs. BSN

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by Jennyfur1234 Jennyfur1234 (Member)

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Is it necessary to have a BSN in order to get a job at a good hospital? I have a bachelors degree in biology and loans from graduate school. I have applied to accelerated BSN programs but I think it would be best for me to work full time and do an evening or weekend associate program. I just want to make sure that this won't end up hurting me in the end when I start to look for a job. I would love to work at Sloan-Kettering one day. I was also wondering how hard it would be to do an RN-BSN bridge program and how long it would take with already having a bachelors degree or if I would be able to start right into a masters program since I have a bachelors degree. If anyone could help me out and answer my questions I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

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I've heard of a few hospitals (mostly in the city) that require a BSN. But I heard that in different threads on this forum. Not first hand experience.

If you have to work, than the ADN is probably your best bet. What's another year of loans. :D If you can get into a 12 month program, you can be a RN pretty quickly. Going through ADN programs, assuming you need to do most of the prereqs, will take you at least 2 years. If through CUNY, probably a minimum of 3.

As for going for a masters in the future, I belive only CrNA requires a BSN. Most other majors will allow a ADN+Bachelors. I won't be surprised if they ask you to make up 2 or 3 prereq courses beforehand.

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I know that NYU requires a BSN, and that Mt. Sinai will hire an ADN if you are currently enrolled in a BSN program and will graduate within a year. I believe most of the other hopitals- Lenox Hill, Sloan Kettering, Presbyterian- for example- will hire ADN's. Go for whatever degree is more feasable for right now, because you can always complete an RN-BSN online later on, if need be.

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scorpinayj has 10 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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Hey all!! I had an inteterview w/ a nurse manager in a specialty NYC hospital fri, Feb. 2nd. That monday, i received a call from the RN recruiter saying that the nurse manager would like to offer me a full time position for the unit i applied for. She also requested if she may check my references, and i said yes. My question is: how long does this process usually take?? I am an RN w/ about 1 year of ICU experience applying for an ICU position. I had a great interview w/ the RN manager and the whole event has made me realize that this is truly the job that i've been longing for, my dream job! My 1st experience is from a hospital that I worked in as a student nurse intern. Since they liked me, they let me stay on per-diem while i finished my last sem in nursing school. Soon afer graduation, i started working in the ICU. I was unhappy w/ the night shift & mandatory every other weekends that I ended up being attracted to the OR (weekdays M-F 7-3). I had a great professional relationship w/ my director and she arranged for an easy transition for me to the OR. I gave my ICU mgr at least 2 mos. notice, but when i started in the OR, i was totally miserable. I missed the ICU and i realized that i'd give everything, that i'd rather work nights and even every weekends just so i could be back there. I ended up being in the OR for 3 weeks, and I asked for my termination to take effect ASAP. I had an exit intvw. w/ the HR dept., where i was told that they totally understand me and warned me of being careful next time not to burn bridges. I was also told that it's "ok" for me to list that job as my prof. reference. Now, I listed my ICU mgr and my director as references. And I haven't heard from the recruiter since!! I'm in total anxiety, considering that i really really really want this job. Anyone have any opinions?? My greatest fear are: 1) not hearing from the "dream job" at all 2) receiving a letter in the mail stating to "apply again next time" (ie: turning me down). I need any opinion/critiques!!!

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