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Old 10-14-2015, 10:33 PM
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After 10 years as an RN I decided I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner so at age 56 I re-entered the college life. I had to get my BSN if I wanted to be an NP so naturally that is what I did first. Of course I didn't get any raise or recognition at work that I had earned my BSN. I certainly did not want to go into any kind of management. I am a nurse who loves patient care. Hated to spend the time and money to get my BSN but what other choice did I have?
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I hear ya. Working in academia they really want at least a BSN, but I am not doing it. Luckily, because I got certified in a specialty that is hard to get into and hard to recruit for I am fine. For now.

At age 53 the debt load just doesn't make sense for me. I want to retire at 62!
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My MSN did not add a dime to my salary. Crunch I agree if you plan on staying at the same place there is no value to a BSN.
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My MSN did not add a dime to my salary. Crunch I agree if you plan on staying at the same place there is no value to a BSN.
Mine did. I got hired at a community hospital as a clin spec and they gave $400 hiring bonuses for BSN and another $300 for everything after that. Of course, they didn't tell me that...but one of my ICU staff did. I was down in HR in a flash and got a cool $700 for the trip.

And that's not counting the work I get now because of the "MN" after my name.
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After 10 years as an RN I decided I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner so at age 56 I re-entered the college life. I had to get my BSN if I wanted to be an NP so naturally that is what I did first. Of course I didn't get any raise or recognition at work that I had earned my BSN. I certainly did not want to go into any kind of management. I am a nurse who loves patient care. Hated to spend the time and money to get my BSN but what other choice did I have?
It frustrates me how nurses get no recognition for advances they make in their careers. When I got my oncology certification, I didn't get so much as a card, not even from my manager.

My health prevents me from going back to finish my BSN.
Also, now that I'm on SSDI, I can't afford it. My income is half what it was when I was working, and we got a little (very little) tuition reimbursement.
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The hospital I used to work at did not compensate for having your BSN nor was there any recognition. My new job does. I was working on my BSN anyway, but, it is nice to be at least recognized for the work that you put it to your education.
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I'm pushing 60 and have no plans for a BSN. I recommend it for anyone under 50 because the powers that be are requiring it.
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When training here went to polytechnics and out of the hospital we had to do a Bachelors of nursing as opposed to a diploma. We dont have associate degrees

if someone could explain what the difference is between a bachelors and an associates degree I'd be most greatful
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When training here went to polytechnics and out of the hospital we had to do a Bachelors of nursing as opposed to a diploma. We dont have associate degrees

if someone could explain what the difference is between a bachelors and an associates degree I'd be most greatful
Associate's is typically a 2 year program and Bachelor's takes 4 years.

Anyone, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the Bachelor's program provide more courses on leadership and such, and allows you to be eligible for a management position some time in the future. Obviously, they're both still taking the same NCLEX-RN.

(Now, this makes me wonder if you can still have a management position with an ADN degree?)
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I think that's about the size of it. Management, huh? After trying to work in the field following my Associate's Degree, I ended up leaving and managing apartment buildings with no education or training other than what I picked up following the plumbers and maintenance people around to clean up after them. I was in charge of several buildings for about six years and I didn't have a piece of White Cloud hanging up somewhere to prove that I could do it.

Somehow, I don't see where having sat in a classroom for so many years makes you a better candidate than someone who has learned Life's lessons well.
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