spiritedaway

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Hi,
A friend of mine (who already has a bachelors degree in an unrelated major) wants to go into nursing. She's thinking of either going the accelerated BSN route, or going to community college and getting a 2 year associate degree and becoming an RN (She's considering the latter because she's not a very competitive applicant - and it's cheaper). Besides the obvious difference (length) can anybody describe the differences between getting the bachelors vs. the associate degree? Will she be at a disadvantage when trying to find a job without a BSN? Is there a pay difference between RN's and BSN's? Thanks!
 

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I don't think that there be any difference in finding a job with an RN which you'll get passing the NCLEX. The only disadvantage that will come in the future is the type of degree that she may obtain. Having an ADN (associate's degree in nursing) can hinder her chances for opportunities in the nursing field such as being a manager or furthering her education. She may be passed for a promotion because another RN has a BSN regarless if she has a bachelors in another field. One thing about nursing is that is you just want to be a bedside nurse, an ADN will just suffice. If she wants to be ambitious in the future, may pursue a BSN... Also, if it hard to get into the BSN program, she could get her ADN and pass the NCLEX and get her RN and go back to school again to get her BSN in about a year... Usually certain hospitals will pay for your education to get a BSN when you get employed by them. As in pay... there should not be any different since payscales are more based on experience.
 
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Thanks for the info. I'll pass that on to her :)