2020 BSN law - page 2

It is my understanding that by 2020 all nurses are to have a BSN. My question is this. Are those for nurses that ONLY have an ADN and no other higher education degrees, or for people like myself that... Read More

  1. by   mp86
    If they are requiring a bsn by 2020 then it is most likely only for those people who start nursing school after 2020. All those people who already got their license before 2020 will be most likely grandfathered in.

    I really hope they will make it mandatory to get a bsn to sit for the nclex sometime in the next couple years. This would really help the job market.
  2. by   applewhitern
    @Zoija: You might consider getting the BSN from the start, since you already have a degree in biology. There are precious few places an ADN can work in Birmingham, Alabama, simply because almost all of the hospitals require the BSN. Actually, the nursing classes are basically the same, and you could get the BSN in about the same length of time. I would hate for you to go the ADN route, and be unemployed simply because you didn't get the BSN.
  3. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from mp86
    If they are requiring a bsn by 2020 then it is most likely only for those people who start nursing school after 2020. All those people who already got their license before 2020 will be most likely grandfathered in.
    There is, at this time, no law requiring a BSN. However, the IOM has recommended an 80% BSN workforce by 2020. In order to meet this recommendation, many facilities are requiring current staff to get a BSN or on such and such date, they will no longer meet the conditions of employment and be terminated. Don't bet that there will be grandfathering in. My facility is reserving the so-called 20% for new hires because currently, there are no BSN schools in the county (including the school affiliated with the hospital). Many nurses at my facility who will be retiring very shortly after "that day" are up in arms because they won't be permitted to be part of the 20% and instead will be required to return to school to rack up debt right before retirement or lose their job. One nurse I work with is planning to take early retirement instead of returning to school.
  4. by   NurseGuyBri
    For those of you who already have a BA or BS in something else, many schools have a "second bachelors" accelerated program. Make sure that you do some research to your education, because in some instances (as in mine), the second bachelors in nursing accelerated was less time and money than an ADN..
  5. by   she244
    This will be me. I do not plan to rack up a lot of debt at 60 years of age. When I worked in the ER, they let us know they would require us to return to school or not longer have a job. 8 Nurses left the ER at one time causing a shortage as they were unable to hire contract nurses fast enough to keep staff levels were they needed to be. They quickly had to change course as most of their seasoned nurses were leaving and Physicians started complaining as well as patients. They grandfathered some of the nurses with service in. Did not affect me as I had already left the ER. Education is great but experience should count for something. It is nice when you have both.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Since this speculative thread has been resurrected after a slumber of several years, I will reiterate that no state has presently laws mandating a BSN degree by 2020.
  7. by   JMoto
    Quote from applesxoranges
    What would they do if you get a MSN instead of a BSN?
    Did anyone 'officially' answer this elsewhere? Looks like some of you in the South can't get jobs as an MSN w/o a BSN. I'm looking to go this route so I'd love to know if that is a problem on the West Coast as well before paying $100k for the degree! (Yes I understand I could pay the same and go to school longer for a BSN but I'd prefer to go only 3 years instead for an Entry Level MSN IF it means a higher paying or more satisfying job at the end of it all.)
  8. by   JMoto
    Quote from nurse2033
    Here's what I did; ASN, BM (music), MSN. The MSN trumps the BSN. As far as I know, no one has questioned my credentials. I teach at two universities.
    New here, couldn't figure out how to PM you so sorry about the public shout out. I was wondering how you like it from your path? I myself have a BM and an MM and am looking at Entry Level MSN's in my area as my next career path. I'd love to chat with you about it if you can PM me and have time!
  9. by   socal1
    Its crazy to think that a nurse should only be required to have an ADN. Its about time that they require nurses to have a BSN. With the responisibility, contacting doctors etc, they should of required it long ago.