Associates in nursing question..

  1. Hi! I just have a question about the different types of degrees. I applied to a school with an accredited nursing program hoping to get in but I have yet to hear a decision on my admission. I also applied to a community college that has the 2 year associates in nursing. If I were to attend the CC, get mu associates in nursing, what kinds of jobs will I be able to get right off the bat. Long term, I aspire to work with babies in the maternity ward, is that considered labor and delivery nursing? Also I'm moving to FL in a couple of months and would like to hear from nurses in FL if there are any on this forum. Any help would be appreciated!! I'm just really confused with my job opportunities with an associates. Another question, sorry, will I be able to become a labor and delivery nurse with just an associates. Again this whole thing will take place in FL so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  3. by   Tweety
    You can get any entry level RN position with an Associates Degree. This includes L&B, mother-baby, critical care, ER, etc. anywhere an RN can work.

    You might wonder then why get a Bachelor's Degree? Later on when you want a non-entry level advanced position away from the bedside you might want a BSN.

    Jobs are wide open in Florida, although L&D are popular jobs and might be harder to come by.

    Working with babies can be considered L&D, but then you turn the babies and the mom over to the Nursery and the post-partum units or critical areas like Neonatal Intensive Care. All areas take associated degreed RNs.
    Last edit by Tweety on May 6, '07
  4. by   jenet671
     
    I am confused,..I finished my 2years in Associate of health in Nursing (AHSE)
    then continue in BSN but unable to finish my last year due to financial
    problem,..upon browsing they say in groups and forums that ASSOCIATE is an
    RN,..I thought that I can be an RN if I finish BSN then take the NCLEX exam,..so
    im really confused,..So am I a RN??
    Is having my diploma makes me a RN already,..or I need to take some
    exams such as NCLEX,..please help me on this,.. any info would be appreciated..
  5. by   iamNurse23
    To jenet671, if you completed your degree and have for ADN, you can take the NCLEX to become a Registered Nurse.
  6. by   caliotter3
    Didn't you participate when your school was getting everyone's paperwork together for their applications to take the NCLEX to obtain a nursing license? Kind of difficult to see how someone can graduate from a nursing program without being aware that they obtain a nursing license after taking the NCLEX. Whether you take the NCLEX following graduation from an associate's program or following graduation from a BSN program, you still get an RN license when you pass the NCLEX.
  7. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from jenet671
     
    I am confused,..I finished my 2years in Associate of health in Nursing (AHSE)
    then continue in BSN but unable to finish my last year due to financial
    problem,..upon browsing they say in groups and forums that ASSOCIATE is an
    RN,..I thought that I can be an RN if I finish BSN then take the NCLEX exam,..so
    im really confused,..So am I a RN??
    Is having my diploma makes me a RN already,..or I need to take some
    exams such as NCLEX,..please help me on this,.. any info would be appreciated..
    Jenet,

    Are you in the Phillipines? AFAIK, the AHSE is the front half of the BSN & is offered only there. I'm not sure if you can take the boards with that or not.
  8. by   quittaRN
    There are 3 types of RN degrees, diploma RN, Associates degree RN and Bachelor in Nursing, they all lead to taking the NCLEX, which is the exam needed to pass in order to get the title RN. No matter your degree, associates, BSN or diploma you are still considered a nurse and can work any nursing position as long as you pass your boards NCLEX and are licensed. Now a BSN is will allow you to work other positions such as nurse manager, nurse educator and other administrative or non beside positions. Hope this helps!! good luck in your career.

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