Is my Bachelors degree in another field useful in nursing??

  1. Hi guys, quick question...
    I am currently in nursing school due to graduate in May 2019. I see a lot of job listings that state Bachelors preferred. I already have a bachelor's in another field and was just trying to see if that holds any weight or does it have to be in nursing. When I look at the classes for an advanced nursing degree it seems to advance more of a management heavy focus. Any information is greatly appreciated.

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  3. by   katyq82
    I am in the same position as you, I have a B.A. and will graduate with an A.S.N. in May. From everyone I have spoken with it does NOT help to have a Bachelor's in another field as far as job considerations. It should make getting a BSN faster though!
  4. by   Cindyel
    I am in the exact same boat. I graduate in May of ‘19 and I already have a BS in Management. It will take about 10 classes online to convert the RN-BSN. I wish it was not required, but most of the feedback I have been getting is that it will likely be.
  5. by   erogersii
    I kinda figured as much, I still plan to go for a BSN, but I will probably space out my classes a bit to not have so much homework. Thanks all for the comments!!
  6. by   Guy in Babyland
    A BS in another field does not equal a BSN.
  7. by   erogersii
    Thank you for your post, I understand that it is not equal to a BSN. Since there are a few of us on this post in the same situation, could you give us some insight on the differences between the ASN and BSN programs.and how it prepares you to be a better nurse.
  8. by   CenterCourtRN
    Quote from erogersii
    Thank you for your post, I understand that it is not equal to a BSN. Since there are a few of us on this post in the same situation, could you give us some insight on the differences between the ASN and BSN programs.and how it prepares you to be a better nurse.
    As far as being a competent nurse, there's no difference. Hospitals want Magnet status and in-order to attain that status I believe a certain amount of nurses need to be BSN or higher. I also have a BA in another field and it has not helped me in anyway with nursing. I have friends who finished with an ASN and could not even apply to certain hospitals, even with a previous bachelors, because it was BSN or MSN only.
  9. by   Oldmahubbard
    Unfortunately, your previous non-nursing bachelor's degree is pretty worthless. You will have some credits that may transfer, but not that many. The BSN program is rather specific.

    Do I believe BSN makes a better nurse? Not at all.

    It is all part of educational encroachment that has been going on for years. Degree inflation.

    Some of it was needed, but a lot of it was nonsense.

    Not just in nursing.

    Today's Master's degree is the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree 40 or 50 years ago.

    Now, all kinds of people are getting a meaningless "Dr" in front of their name.

    My opinion only.
  10. by   MedLove
    In my case it did!!! I've been a nurse for 3 years in CA. I have a BS in Psychology from a top University and my hospital (a large CA hospital) liked it. I am currently enrolled in a MSN, FNP program at a university. I had to take a couple classes to "bridge" but was not required to take the entire BSN upper division line up.
    So, to say it's "worthless", I strongly disagree.

    Only my 2 cents 😊

    oh- and I was not enrolled in MSN when I got hired. I just started the program this year.

    Hope that helps.
  11. by   Oldmahubbard
    I can understand that you already had statistics and developmental psych, but I am not sure how you totally bypassed all the BS courses.

    And most of them are pretty much BS courses.

    It has been a long time, but I had to take some 8 or 10 courses.

    Absolutely no school anywhere confers a BSN with just a couple of transfer classes. No legitimate school.

    They should, but every school has a minimum of course work you must complete with them. And it is fairly substantial, no matter how much other course work you may have elsewhere.

    And yes, it's a money making gimmick. Are you surprised?

    The courses are probably being rolled into your new degree.
  12. by   MedLove
    You have to do research before you say these things.
    I went to UCLA- and now I'm in a MSN, FNP at a State university in California. So you are not correct. It's not a "money maker" its a public university.
    Psychology is a "science" major and there are many research classes.
    The only classes I had to take were community health.
    I will not gain a "BSN" but I will end with an MSN. UCSF also has a similar program for those with bachelors in other areas.

    Do research before making such a bold statement that what I am saying is not so.
  13. by   deleern
    I had a AA in Business administration and an AA in psychology and my RN, I am employed in administration at a behavioral Health hospital. In a job like mine they have a stipulation that states you must acquire a BSN in 5 years. In my case they have waived this requirement due to my life experience.
  14. by   SarahRN2013
    I have many co-workers hired as ASN-RNs who are now completing their BSN's as part of their new hire contract (75% paid by our employer!) for a magnet-certified hospital. Actually, even nurses who have been at our facility for a long time were given a deadline for earning their BSNs or finding new employment.

    For the most part, the RN-BSN classes are theory type classes about informatics, management, research, etc. -- not focused on skills the directly relate to better patient care. Most who have completed the RN-BSN programs don't feel it's made them a better nurse. Basically, it's a hoop they had to jump through to keep their jobs. I'm aware of the research suggesting that there are better patient outcomes when there are more BSN nurses on staff. Just sharing what the consensus seems to be for the ASNs at my facility who have gone through, or are going through, the RN-BSN process. (I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in non-nursing fields, as well as my BSN. The two non-nursing degrees have meant nothing to any of my nursing employers in the last 5 years.)

    OP - when you mention "classes for and advanced nursing degree" are you talking about your BSN, MSN, DNP or something else?

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