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Hi, I'm just curious as why there are still AS nursing programs if every organization wants nurses that have a BSN?

I have a BS in health science and I plan to bridge my BS with my associates and either 1) get a BSN in one year or 2) get a MSN in two years. I could have went into a accelerated BS to RN program but I missed the deadline and figured I would get my AS and work for awhile and then go back to school and further my education, while the organization pays for it (bad move!!!). However, every door has been shut in my face. No one wants to hire me because of my AS degree and the fact that I am a new grad. I am currently filling in for a elementary school nurse that will be out on medical leave for 6 wks and then after that just subbing for them whenever they need me. The money isn't great but I am happy to have this rather than nothing. I am so upset and confused right now. We have had AS nurses in nursing since the beginning and now they don't want us at ALL! Do I have to shell out more money for my education (that I don't have) and work as a patient care associate or something although I am trained and licensed to be a RN? Furthermore schools everywhere are still pushing these AS/2 year programs. I understand that a school is a business, but these nurses that teach for these schools should be ashamed of themselves. Can anyone shed any light on this matter for me?

escapebigd

Has 5 years experience.

What area of the country are you in?

PedsDrNurseTheo, ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP, RN, EMT-P, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care, Cardiac, EMS. Has 22 years experience.

I'm an ASN nurse, working in a Neuro ICU. I have quite a few colleagues who are ASN RNs. I'm working on my BSN, but it's not b/c of the job market.

By the way, my hospital is hiring, I get recruiting letters in my mail weekly - I know that finding a job is harder in this market than it used to be, but it is still possible. I got hired 18 months ago, and my unit is still hiring GNs.

vivacious1healer

Specializes in Neuroscience/Neuro-surgery/Med-Surgical/.

It's the fact that you are a new grad with no nursing experience.

BSN grads are having the same problem with securing a job.

Read the threads, you will see RNs with all types of degrees and certificates AND experience having a hard time finding a job.

Are you sure it's because you have an ASN? Perhaps it's something else. A lot of my coworkers have this degree.

Yendis, LPN, LVN

Specializes in PCU, Tele, ICU. Has 2 years experience.

I'm an ASN nurse, working in a Neuro ICU. I have quite a few colleagues who are ASN RNs. I'm working on my BSN, but it's not b/c of the job market.

By the way, my hospital is hiring, I get recruiting letters in my mail weekly - I know that finding a job is harder in this market than it used to be, but it is still possible. I got hired 18 months ago, and my unit is still hiring GNs.

If you don't mind me me asking, where are you located?

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

My hospital only hires new grads at certain times of the year.

When all the new grad places are filled, no more jobs open for new grads for a long time.

debi49

Specializes in psych,maternity, ltc, clinic. Has 15 years experience.

I have an ADN and there isnt one thing that I wanted to do that I was prevented from doing because I didnt have a bsn. I think what you are going thru is more a function of the economy than your degree.

prinsessa

Specializes in LTC/Skilled Care/Rehab.

I have a BSN and can't find a job. Atleast you have a job even if it is only temp. I am now applying for retail jobs to pay the bills. I feel like my college education was a total waste of time. People keep telling me that it will turn around and I will find a job. Maybe they should talk to the credit card companies who keep calling me.

Hi, I'm just curious as why there are still AS nursing programs if every organization wants nurses that have a BSN?

I have a BS in health science and I plan to bridge my BS with my associates and either 1) get a BSN in one year or 2) get a MSN in two years. I could have went into a accelerated BS to RN program but I missed the deadline and figured I would get my AS and work for awhile and then go back to school and further my education, while the organization pays for it (bad move!!!). However, every door has been shut in my face. No one wants to hire me because of my AS degree and the fact that I am a new grad. I am currently filling in for a elementary school nurse that will be out on medical leave for 6 wks and then after that just subbing for them whenever they need me. The money isn't great but I am happy to have this rather than nothing. I am so upset and confused right now. We have had AS nurses in nursing since the beginning and now they don't want us at ALL! Do I have to shell out more money for my education (that I don't have) and work as a patient care associate or something although I am trained and licensed to be a RN? Furthermore schools everywhere are still pushing these AS/2 year programs. I understand that a school is a business, but these nurses that teach for these schools should be ashamed of themselves. Can anyone shed any light on this matter for me?

pobably the economy, because a nurse is a nurse. Once you come out of school whether you have a BSN or an ASN you are still a new grad. I went back for my BSN and all of my classses were geared more towards management. Do not say that your degree is worthless because a lot of people work hard to get it. It sounds like you are frustrated, but keep your head up things will get better

I am located in Long Island N.Y.

I understand that I am a new grad and it's hard to get hired because of this. But aren't we all a new grad at some point. How are we supposed to become experienced nurses if no one gives us a chance. Thanks for all the replies. It is always awesome hearing from people in the field.

Yendis, LPN, LVN

Specializes in PCU, Tele, ICU. Has 2 years experience.

PM sent.

Thanks.

I agree with you...I just bought a house and my poor husband has to pay the bulk of the bills. As of now I have two pointless degrees and potentially a third when I waste more money and go back to school still having no hospital experience!

stephie_love

Specializes in L&D.

How about volunteering for a few hours per week at a local hospital in which you are interested in working? Perhaps that will be a foot in the door for you...and maybe they'll be more inclined to look at you first when it comes to applications :)

Keep your head up - things can only get better!

savnlil1s

Specializes in NICU.

Where are you located? I have an ASN and am in NICU. I don;t think its the fact that you have this degree as opposed to that there simply aren't lots of jobs right now. I know Kaiser system has a hiring freeze right now. You have to keep searching for new grad programs. that is the way you can get in.

PurpleLVN

Specializes in AA&I, research,peds, radiation oncology.

I agree with you...I just bought a house and my poor husband has to pay the bulk of the bills. As of now I have two pointless degrees and potentially a third when I waste more money and go back to school still having no hospital experience!

Have you tried craigslist?? Not sure how far NYC is from Long Island but I saw lots of jobs there. Also try juju.com. Please don't give up!!! Good Luck!!!