Quote from DelleBrock
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 have ALREADY a BBA in health services administration are not required to have the bachelors because I already have one. I'm just trying to figure out if the BON or whoever is making this into effect just wants those nurses who have ADN's to go for the BSN because they are already nurses and want them to have that higher education or since I'm already a nurse with already a bachelors it wouldn't be mandatory for me. Does anyone understand what I'm asking?
Each state has their own individual education requirements for those seeking to become RNs, and currently there is not one in the entire USA that has passed any laws limiting now or in future graduate nurses to have a BSN in order to take the board exam. Nor are any states compelling ADN/diploma graduates to obtain the BSN.
However hospitals and other facilities are perfectly free to choose what education they prefer of their RN staff, and for the most part in many areas of the USA that is the BSN at least for new grads. ADN or diploma grads with experience *may* find it easier on the employment market but shouldn't be surprised if their new employer wishes them to complete a bridge program within a set amount of time as condition of continued employment.
No, whatever other four year degree plus an ADN will not suffice for the purpose of a BSN. If that is what an employer wishes, than that is what you must have.
What you might have heard is that some states considering mandatory BSN for entry into practice have within such proposed laws clauses that will grandfather those already licensed (ADN or diploma grads). New York State's proposed "BSN in Ten" would exempt not only RNs holding licenses at the time of the bill becoming law, but would not affect current graduate nurses (those whom have completed nursing school but have not passed NCLEX/do not hold a RN license yet) and or those already enrolled/accepted into a nursing program.