Post # 1
Im about a year into my college education, I wasnt sure what I wanted to do so I just picked a degree in business. But Ive been thinking alot about wanting to change to a nursing degree….My dads a doctor and ive been dealing with medical situations my whole life and it just feels, RIGHT. I dont know where to even start though. Im going to a community college and they have a nursing program but since its a CC I can only get a associates in nursing….is that any good? Or could anyone recommend doing something else, maybe go to keiser college?
Nursing bees…tell me what you did!
Post # 3
@Justbeingme: I’m not a nurse yet, but I’m in the second semester of my junior year right now in nursing school. I’m getting my BSN, and personally I would not go without that in my area. Even though the hospitals are understaffed they have now started implementing a rule where to be hired as a nurse you must have your BSN or higher.
So I think your choice should be largely based on where you live and your future career goals. I would recommend you take some pre-reqs at your community college and then apply to a BSN school in your area.
Post # 4
I have a BSN, so I would recomend looking into that. It does depend on the area, but many hopsital are starting to only hire BSNs.
Post # 5
Not a nurse, just curious. My local CC has an RN program. Does your’s do that? Anymore around here people mostly get their RN and nothing lower than that (unless they want to be a nurse aid). Lots of LPNs around here have been losing their jobs.
Post # 6
@Britt_RN: So what if you do a Associates at a community college and then switch over to a university to get your BSN….
Or I heard you can do everything online now….do you recommend that….
I live in tampa, so practically everything is revolved around health care here.
Post # 7
@Justbeingme: My SO is currently in nursing school for his BSN. He did it a round about way, but he got an undergrad degree first in microbiology. You do NOT have to do that, I would definitely NOT recommend it (it’s basically a wasted degree). But the school he is at offers a three year BSN degree, but you must do 1 year of pre-reqs first. I might be wrong, but I don’t think you can get a BSN from a community college. The school that he goes to also offers an RN to BSN program and most people there got an RN from a comminity college. Hope this helps!
Post # 8
I think this depends on where you live and what hospitals where you are and plan to go want. I live in a small town where as long as you are an RN you have little issues getting a job on a floor, it is less likely to get moved into admin but on my entire floor there are four BSN and we are all new grads.
That said, most larger hospitals are moving towards all BSN staff often for nothing more than the prestige of saying they have all BSN.or above staff. In practice, the nursing classes are the exact same. BSNs have more general education classes.
I think it totally depends on what is available to you and how much time and money you have. If you can’t afford the two extra years of school, an ADN will get you a job sooner assuming hospitals around you hire them. But the growing trend of required BSN to.me would.mean if you can, get it now.
I would try to talk to HR in some of the hospitals where you are interested in working and ask what their requirements are in relation to RN versus RN BSN.
Post # 9
@Justbeingme: I’m a nurse and I live in the Tampa Bay area. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. PM me!
Post # 10
I got my ADN at a college locally. I now work full-time as a RN and they are paying for me to complete my BSN online. Thats the way to go in my opinion!
Post # 11
@Justbeingme: I think you could definitely get an associates dregree and then continue later on to get a BSN. This way you could even work part time/casually while doing this.
Post # 12
WOOOOWW, Overwelmed by all of yalls help! Thank you for helping me figure out my future. Life is passing me by way to fast and I havent found my nitch yet, and I think this just might be it :} :}
Thank you ladies!