1. What do you recommend if I intend on eventually getting an MSN? (Since there are RN to MSN bridge programs, traditional BSN to MSN programs, and I already have 2 bachelor's degrees.)
Accelerated BSN. If there are Accelerated MSN programs in your area, that's also an option.
2. Will the BSN make me SUBSTANTIALLY more competitive in the job market? Or will my other bachelor's degrees help at all on an application with the associate's RN degree?
It depends on the area of the country and the area of nursing you're seeking to be employed in. If you want to work in a SNF in North Dakota, probably not. But if you want to work in an ICU at a teaching hospital in a major city, yes. I don't know what the job market is like in Tampa. In Boston, a BSN is required by almost all of the teaching hospitals. Your previous bachelor's degrees will likely be inconsequential. A Bachelor's in something else + an ADN is not equivalent to a BSN.
3. Is there a big salary differential between associate's RNs and BSNs?
Once employed, no. But if the area you want to be employed in is BSN only for new grads, it's a difference of salary vs no salary.
4. When you are actually out in the real world practicing nursing, is there a quality difference between an associate's RN and BSN? (I have never noticed as a patient...) Is there a PERCEIVED, but not actual, difference?
There is research that says there is. In general, you won't know if your nurse when you're a patient is an ADN or BSN prepared RN so I don't think perception necessarily plays a role.
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