does it really matter where you got your degree from? - page 5

Basically, how serious do employers take it when reviewing where a nurse got there education. For example, assume my situation where I would get an ADN from a community college then a BSN from a... Read More

  1. by   Purple_Scrubs
    Quote from ohiostudent'RN

    Last time i checked, they did not teach critical thinking at a 2 week CNA certification course..

    So...No.. the two jobs do not overlap. an IV start does not a nurse make...
    Emphasis mine. This is the statement I was responding to.
  2. by   scrapbookingmom2
    The only time it may matter is if you're fresh out of school and wanting to go straight into an ICU setting (which I wouldn't suggest for anyone).

    I am an Assoc. RN and am currently working in a cardiac icu, and a med/surg icu perdiem.
  3. by   mindlor
    Quote from Purple_Scrubs
    Um, maybe you should go back and read. I never quoted you. OhioStudentRN DID state that there is NO overlap. Taking this a bit personal, aren't we?
    You know what? YOu are right.

    My apologies to you!!
  4. by   Purple_Scrubs
    No problemo. I probably should have direct quoted it to remove any confusion
  5. by   ThePrincessBride
    Quote from Do-over
    NLNAC is not required, and there are many CCs that are not so accredited (at least around here). The state is the entity that decides which programs are "worthy" to have students sit for NCLEX. I selected my school carefully, and went in knowing (and not really caring) about NLNAC. It is voluntary.

    My former school is one of the largest, and one of the oldest in the area. Entry is HIGHLY competitive, our grads are eagerly hired into some of the largest and most well-known hospitals in our state and region.

    So, not really so scary. I have my moments, but I wouldn't call myself a scary nurse....
    I work at a Magnet Hospital and I shift through the applications, and ALL applications say that the nurse must have graduated from an accredited nursing school. Would you want a doctor performing surgery on you that didn't go to a school that met the minimum requirements? I sure as hell wouldn't.
  6. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    I'm from Boston, where your nursing school matters a lot. Here in Vermont, not so much.
  7. by   lynndelaga
    I have an ADN and am currently contemplating a BSN (then in the near MSN) degree.My husband (also an RN, who got his MBA and will be doing healthcare administration for the military) and I have frequently debated on whether or not it matters where I obtain my BSN. Because of the nursing shortage, I disagreed with him the need to obtain a degree from a "brand name" school. Perhaps he is attempting to live vicariously through me, but he stressed the importance of a "quality education", often telling me that certain trade schools do not provide that opportunity.That said, although I have completed a few nursing undergrad courses at certain "trade schools", I took his advice and am now looking into a brick and mortar institute, or at least one that provides distance/online learning.My two cents: it probably DOESN'T matter where one's BSN comes from. However, for the experience of a quality education, I'd invest in a good institute/college that is both ANCLC and CCNE accredited. Most likely, it'll matter more where one obtains his/her MSN, as opposed to the BSN. With facilities and hospitals having quite a nursing shortage, most will take an ADN and BSN nurse. However, from my experience, being an ADN nurse of 11+ years, I've been a top contender over someone with a BSN an only 2 years experience. To sum up: experience seems to be the determining factor when it comes to bedside nursing. In most cases, the BSN wins any administrative job over someone with an ADN and the most clinical experience. And it truly doesn't matter as much where one obtained that degree, so long as the degree exists.
  8. by   hiddencatRN
    Can we try to keep the thread on topic? Anyone wanting to debate the overlap between CNAs and RNs can surely start their own thread, can they not?

    To the OP: if you plan to stay in the area where you go to school, local reputation matters. Some areas have a strong hiring preference for BSN prepared nurses as well (and some won't). I don't think it would hurt to call a few hospitals in your area that hire new grads and ask them if they find some schools turn out better nurses than others, if there are any schools they steer away from. You can also ask the schools you're looking at to provide info on past classes employment rates within the first year out of school.

    My impression is that while big flashy names can carry some weight in nursing, local reputation is often more meaningful in the hiring process than it appears to be in other industries. Check out the AN board for the state you're in and research schools you're looking at there as well.
  9. by   Horseshoe
    So, based on the responses to your thread, the answer is NO, it does not matter where you go to school, and YES, it matters very much where you went to school.

    I'm glad we were able to help you out.
  10. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from Horseshoe
    So, based on the responses to your thread, the answer is NO, it does not matter where you go to school, and YES, it matters very much where you went to school.

    I'm glad we were able to help you out.
    Yeah, it's more of a "yes and no depending all things being equal which they never are" kind of question.

    Consider the local market, then find a school that will give you a good education because chances are hiring managers will have some sense of what kind of education local schools offer.
  11. by   xenogenetic
    Be aware that some graduate schools will absolutely, very carefully scrutinize where you got your degree from before admitting you into their Master's program.