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BS plus ADN equal to BSN?

mynameisk mynameisk (New) New

hi all!

i'm new and i am unsure if my question has been addressed and i apologize if so..but here goes:

i graduated with my bs in sociology and plan on going to community college to get my adn because it is cheaper than going to a college or university for a advanced bsn. i figure that i already have my degree so all i need is my rn (both community colleges and university programs both train graduates to sit for the nclex).

my question is to you fellow nurses and so forth, will my bs in sociology and adn hamper me from obtaining administrative and management nursing positions or will my degrees be seen as equivalent to a bsn?

i ask this because i happen to be just search some nursing job positions and i even seen requirements for a bsn for staff nurse positions.

i look forward to your answers!

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

Usually not considered equivalent in my experience, unfortunately. There is something called Magnet status that many hospitals strive for and the percentage of personnel with BSN's is a factor they seem to emphasize, so it sometimes has to do with that.

The good thing is that once you begin working as an RN, there are plenty of RN-to-BSN programs that can be completed part-time and via distance education while you work and gain that nursing experience (which they're going to want anyway before you move into admin positions).

And by virtue of having a prior degree, the credits may help you move through the RN-to-BSN program a little faster.

Thnx for that info!

But I just have to ask...my BS will count for nothing in my nursing career? Even after I have put in some years and experience...my BS will not be put into consideration for management positions?

suepozitory

Specializes in Cardiac, OR, Neuro, Teaching, Research.

:wink2:

Thnx for that info!

But I just have to ask...my BS will count for nothing in my nursing career? Even after I have put in some years and experience...my BS will not be put into consideration for management positions?

:wink2:Your BS will probably be recognized when you apply into a nursing management position....however.....you will need your BSN to apply for that Management position:crying2:Sorry.....oh by the by....in Canada for sure anyway

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

Thnx for that info!

But I just have to ask...my BS will count for nothing in my nursing career? Even after I have put in some years and experience...my BS will not be put into consideration for management positions?

It will help, but you will still probably need your BSN. Why not find yourself an accelerated BSN program instead? They take into account your previous BS degree.

Caffeine_IV

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice.

Your current degrees won't hamper you at all. However, a BS in sociology along with ADN is not equivalent to a BSN and will not give you a leg up on management positions from what I've seen and heard.

I know many ADN grads that have previous BS/BA degrees in health care management, sports medicine, psych etc and it has not given them an advantage over a new grad BSN for a managerial job.

I've seen jobs that will list BSN with 2 years experience/ADN with 4 years experience as min. requirements for a higher position.

AnnaN5

Specializes in AGNP.

I would say that for most places your BS + ADN will not equal a BSN. I am in that position, I have a BS in Human Biology and my ADN and I am not eligible for the extra pay per hour that BSN nurses receive. I just decided I will go ahead and take the 10 classes I need to finish my BSN.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

Also, it depends on your location and timing, and who you know. If you've worked in a unit for a few years, and suddenly a position opens up in your unit or facility and you've established a good reputation and senior management knows you, and ADNs hold management positions, then you're in.

Some places are more rigid in their requirements and you have to have that BSN. Other areas of the country, particularly in smaller/rural harder to staff facilities, they accept ADNs, and your degree will look good on the resume and count for something.

Good luck.

Also, it depends on your location and timing, and who you know. If you've worked in a unit for a few years, and suddenly a position opens up in your unit or facility and you've established a good reputation and senior management knows you, and ADNs hold management positions, then you're in.

Some places are more rigid in their requirements and you have to have that BSN. Other areas of the country, particularly in smaller/rural harder to staff facilities, they accept ADNs, and your degree will look good on the resume and count for something.

Good luck.

:yeahthat:

There are MSN programs for ADNs with a bachelors degree in another area.

Thnx for that info!

But I just have to ask...my BS will count for nothing in my nursing career? Even after I have put in some years and experience...my BS will not be put into consideration for management positions?

I would definitely look into programs that offer a master's in nursing for RNs with a bachelors in a different field. There are quite a few that are online only which really helps if you've got a family and are continuing to work.

There are also "accelerated" BSN programs that will take you from a Bachelor's degree in another discipline to a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. And most of the time they aren't hard to get into. I know Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has one. I would assume that other schools do also. From what I understand its about 2 years long, maybe a little less.

That would be the way I would go.

Your degree with the ADN will not be the same as the BSN, but it will not hinder you in any way.

I do not hold a BSN, and have a BS in Biology as well as a Diploma in Nursing and the MBA, and it has never stopped me from anything that I have wanted to do.

Once you have experience behind you, they still look at you holding a Bachelor's degree, not the BSN. And it is usually just at least a Bachelor's degree for management, and not specifically the BSN in most cases.

Do what works the best for you and what you can comfortably afford. Once you get started working, you can always go for the MSN and the facility will usually pay for it.

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