I wonder if anyone could give me some insight on degree versus certification in becoming a registered nurse.
Currently I have one more class to complete to finish my AAS, and I have been accepted into two nursing schools. The one that I can start this August 2005 is a nursing school that issues a certificate and the one that I would have to wait until August of 2006 issues a degree in nursing.
I would rather start this August in the certificate school, since all I have left to complete is my nursing and clinicals, but I would eventually like to go on to get my BA, but would rather have my employer pick up the cost on that.
Anyhoo, is there and what is the difference between a degree in registered nursing or a certificate in registered nursing? Does it affect further education and your starting pay rate?