I admit, I would like to have a BSN so that I could say I have a BSN, but I'm not sure that's a good idea. All I want--everything I want--is to be able to get and work shifts, be a BLS and ACLS instructor, and teach CNAs (or their equivalents) and maybe precept new nurses.
In my state, Louisiana, none of those goals has anything whatsoever to do with having a BSN. BLS and ACLS is through the American Heart Association--has nothing to do with having a BSN--or even being a nurse. Training CNAs is all about the RN license. Has nothing to do with BSN, in fact, LPNs, here, can train CNAs.
So, why would I spend 15K to do an RN to BSN? Ego? But I already have a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts which I've used the sh.. out of as a writer. For that matter I have two other associate degrees, besides my ADN. So, I'm not uneducated.
And I'm 53. If I'm ever to be a supervisor, it will be because they like me, not because of my youthful ambitions. A BSN won't matter.
So, all that money, all the time I could have been doing shifts (or sleeping in-between them), all the time I could have been making some extra cash teaching BLS or ACLS, or going through my Train the Trainer class to be a CNA instructor, all of that will be spent on a degree that actually does not help me get to my terminal targets in nursing.
And not to mention: When I started in nursing it was all the rage--BSN for entry into nursing! Soon ADNs will be relegated to getting coffee for doctors and BSNs! You better get your BSN while you can! And who was talking this talk? The burgeoning bulge of nursing colleges. In truth--everything is exactly the same 15 years later as it was then--at least for me it is. It is, and has always been, about the license--not the degree.
Anyway, I welcome any thoughts on this for or against.
Dec 14, '17
Quote from FolksBtrippin
Sounds like you don't need a BSN. Where I live, you really do.
Why is that? Is it the hospitals or the competition for jobs?
Last edit by EGspirit on Dec 14, '17