Associate Degree Nursing Program In Georgia?
Q: I'm due to begin an associate degree nursing program in the fall and would
like to have some input on the job market for associate degree RN's versus
RN's graduating from a Bachelor program. Obviously the income levels would
be different but is the demand equivalent?
A:I should have said that I do live in the US (midwest). I am returning to school after being out a while so the Associate degree is great for me although I had some reservations. I think I'll continue with my plans. I recently graduated from an ADN program, and am now employed in the 2nd busiest Emergency Department in this city.... I work with probably half RN's with 2 year degrees, and the other half with the BSN's. There is no difference in the pay scale, and there is no difference in the skills or abilities of any of these nurses. Where the big difference comes in (in our facility anyway) is that job postings that are "administrative" in nature usually state "Prefer BSN" and those applicants with their BSN probably get first consideration. I also intend to receive my BSN and probably MSN down the line. The only reason that I am choosing this route, however, is that I feel that I will be nursing for at least the next 25 years, and would like to be prepared to deal with the possible changes that will CERTAINLY come about. I love bedside nursing care, and truly have no desire to be in administration, ever. but that's simply a personal choice. I am a ADN and I have recently relocated to the Boston area from the MidWest. My experience here has taught me that it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to get into the larger hospitals without a BSN. Namely, Mass. Genereal, New England Medical Center, and Beth Isreal. It doesn't seem to matter to them that I have 4 years experience in ICU, ER, and Med/Surg. I luckily landed a job at a software development company. I love nursing, especially ICU, but again, no one wants to hire me here. Go figure! Good luck in your nursing career. This is just my experience with ADN vs BSN hiring. As far as difference in pay, I don't believe there is any
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