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    Do you feel that all RNs need to eventually get their BSN?

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    I am a BSN but because the nearest college did not offer An Associate program. All of the nurses I work with are talking about how it seems the trend these days is for the hospitals (at least The ones in my area) to only want BSN or better on their staffs. This was after our facility got rid of all of the LPNs a few years back and now are getting rid of the CNAs as well. We lost a lot of good nurses when we lost our LPNs but it was not our decision. I’ve heard rumors the new changes in healthcare reimbursement was the reason for that. If I were asked by someone who had not started nursing school yet or was a student at present I would sincerely suggest they go ahead and get their BSN just in case. Although I don’t feel BSNs are any better nurses than ADNs, it’s not much more schooling to get your BSN. A lot of the ADNs I work with are going back to school to get their BSN or better. Some out of fear, others just to further their education.


    I’m afraid it is turning that way 🙁 Not only that, NPs in my state are going to be required to have a PhD degree instead of a Masters’. Requiring additional degrees during a time of a tight economy seems like a bad idea to me. I have a BA in zoology and an ADN for nursing. There are some positions I have been turned away from for not having a BSN, such as MAJ in the Army, a public health job, and some Admin type positions, but I think it is a shame that someday I won’t even be able to perform the bedside nursing which I have been doing for 17 years because I will no longer be qualified.

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    I have been a nurse for 27 years. I feel that when employers see ADN instead of BSN, they ignore the value of experience. I find it rather offensive, as I have done 4 different specialties in that time, and feel that hands on experience is much more valuable than 2 more years of nursing school. I have 2 associate degrees, and feel that should not be dismissed, either. Mostly, I think that those that want to get a BSN and progress on to management, more power to them, but please don’t write off nurses that have valuable knowledge from the real world and not 2 years more of college. I am not against furthering one’s education voluntarily, but to require it of everyone is not necessary.

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