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Why You Should Choose a BSN

Why You Should Choose a BSN

Monster Contributing Writer Lisette Hilton

Whether you have a diploma, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), landing a nursing job these days usually isn’t a problem. Advancing in the profession, though, is another matter if you hold less than a BSN, according to experts.

But is the BSN always a necessity? Is an associate’s degree alone enough to open the door to a rewarding nursing career?

The bottom line is that choosing a nursing degree depends on the individual’s needs and goals, says Donita Qualey, RN, MN, president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and professor of nursing at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

“If the career goals are always to work at the bedside, then the associate’s degree is perfectly fine,” Qualey says. “But if you’re younger and want to teach or go higher in management, then you would go on for your advanced degree.”

Four Reasons to Get Your BSN:

          #1 Lower Nursing Degrees Under Scrutiny

         #2 Considerations for Second-Career Nurses

         
#3 Degree as a Stepping-Stone

         
#4 Advancement, Earning Power


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    allegrarn

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Having a BSN is quite overated for determining ability. Background knowledge is definitely wonderful. But in my opinion, a nurse is NOT a good nurse until she can walk and chew gum at the same time. On the job training determines who will make the cut. I am a proud nurse with an ASN degree and 6 years experience. It's sad that I will probably have to get a BSN or MSN to further my career, but I guess you have to follow the rules of the game.

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    danirn

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    The argument behind RN's obtaining their BSN (as entry level into practice) is that it will allow nursing to be regarded as a profession like many other professions that require at MINIMUM a Bachelors degree to practice. I agree. I was an LPN, then an RN,ASN and then graduted with my BSN. While it is true that the letters don't make the nurse, the letters will give society even more reason to respect our profession and compensate us accordingly.

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    2Leilani

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Good Nursing judgement and good Nursing care do not depend on a degree. I've worked with new BSN grads and they didn't know their way around the floor or how to do or give good beside care. They were excellent at nursing the paperwork, and giving out assignments.

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    niksmom

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am 33 years old (not young but not old:) and graduating on May 16th with my BSN. It was the best decision I have ever made. I feel like I am a step ahead. Not to mention, most hospitals north of NYC are only hiring new grads if they have a BSN. Education in nursing is vital to furthur expand us as a profession. My goals include FNP and then a doctorate in either nursing education or DNP. Ultimately I want to teach and inspire other new nurses the way I was during my 4 years of school.

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    marvan8kbs

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I am a BSN and get LESS than newly hired ASN's....I also have my med surg certification.
    None of that means anything in terms of money other than i had more student loans to pay back.
    The new nurses are getting their loans paid back by employers.
    I decided to move into teaching, as i am very good at it, BUT that requires a MASTERS with the commitment to work toward your doctorate......wow. watch your step with furthering your education..I would have been better off staying with my origonal ASN.

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    smschafle

    about 6 years ago

    50 comments

    I graduated from a 3 yr. hospital program in 1975, and a RN to BSN program in 2006, and earned my PHN certification in 2007. However, it is only now, Dec. 8, 2008, to be exact that I will finally be hired as a PHN, RN and use my credentials. Warning to the Baby Boomer Nurses: Getting an advanced degree is costly and many places won't hire you because of your age. It is cheaper to hire a "young" BSN,RN then one with experiece. Education is not cheap and working a shorter number of years after your degree (if you can get hired) is not enough time to break even financially, much less get ahead. Therefore, if you are a Baby Boomer, please make a game plan and look at the cost and returns before re-entering the scholastic forum and save yourself the money, frustration, and disappointment that comes with the advanced degree.

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    NurseMizzle

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm 24 years old. I'm a mom and a Nursing Assistant on the Telemetry unit. I never thought about going into nursing but now I want to go straight for my BSN. I've always had high goals. The nurses on my shift really think I should pursue a degree and my Nurse Manager committed to backing me 100% after baarely 6 months on the job!!

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    kaoni2000

    about 6 years ago

    12 comments

    I agree with Poliwog. I am 45, graduated as an RN June 2007 and now I want to go for my BSN. I am not sure that I want to "MOVE OFF THE FLOOR". I enjoy and WANT to stay bedside. The only thing holding me back is having more student loans. I can only benefit myself and my patients by furthering my education.

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    Poliwog

    about 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I resent this -
    “If the career goals are always to work at the bedside, then the associate’s degree is perfectly fine,” Qualey says. “But if you’re younger and want to teach or go higher in management, then you would go on for your advanced degree.”
    Why would you have to be younger to want to teach or go higher in mangement? Im 42 yrs old and in an ADN program and definitely planning to go straight into a BSN program and eventually obtain my Master's. I have two friends in their 50's who share the same goals I do. Education has nothing to do with age.

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    slh25625

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    The hospital I work for only gives a BSN 50 cents an hour more than an ADN. So I don't think the cost of the extra education is worth it right now.

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    racynote

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    I know this is true but I don't have to like it esp. since the nurses that I personally know with higher degrees do not even consider doing patient care. What will happen with the nursing shortage then?

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    snowbunnyRN

    about 6 years ago

    254 comments

    I am a 51 yr old with a ADN and I'm considering going on for my BSN! I won't be making a whole lot more money with a BSN, however, I'm thinking that I'll be working probably well into my late 60's-70's and I don't know if my health will be good for doing bedside nsg!! I'm thinking I could get into management or possibly school nursing when and if my health declines in my "old age" !! I have to wait at least a year before I'll pursue this, because I'm presently paying for my 20 yr old son attending an LPN program!!

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    maryrn62200

    about 6 years ago

    14 comments

    I am a proud holder of a Diploma in Nursing. I have a great deal of respect for those of us with a BSN because I feel that having a BSN just makes the profession as a whole; more professional which may lead into higher wages or salaries. I started in nursing as a CNA in 1979. I was a CNA for 3 years before going back to school to became a LPN. 17 years later, I went back to school and was graduated as a Diploma RN at the age of 40. I personally believe that learning should never stop and I hope that I can continue learning and be graduated as a BSN before I retire. I encourage any and all young nurses to go for the gusto!

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