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May 22, 2019 / By Dolley
Question: I'm wanting to go to nursing school to become an RN. I've been researching schools and the nursing profession online and I have seen a lot of different programs for becoming an RN. I've seen 2 yr and 4 yr programs. Once I saw a RN Diploma program that was supposed to take three years. What are the difference in these programs if they still get you the same certification? Are there better jobs available to you if you have a BSN (the 4 yr program) as opposed to all the others. It would be nice to get some advice from actual nurses who have completed programs.
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Carol Carol | 7 days ago
I am not a nurse, but I am a nurses aid who went through a vocational health occupations program designed to prepare high school students for nursing school. I have done a lot of research and heard a lot of advice about nursing, even though I am now intested in radiology. That 3 year program could either be an accelerated BSN program that would probably run through the summer, or it is an associates degree program that is being honest about how long it will take. My nursing teacher from high school used to push 2 year programs, but now only tells students to go for the bachelors. Because of how competitive it is, 2-year programs in reality will often take 3-4 years to compelete. They will accept students into the program when they are admitted to the school, but will require prequisites to be finished before starting anything in the nursing program. Some students are waitlisted after they've been accepted into the program and finished all of their prequisites because of the limited number of slots. While you will get the same license with a 2-year and 4-year program, there are better variety of jobs available to people in 4-year programs. You will also make more money with a BSN. Many large hospitals will only hire people with 2-year degrees if they agree to get their BSN while they work (which the hospital may help with financially). You can complete a 2 year program and go on to get your BSN, but because the degrees are set up differently it is not as simple as going and completing the second two years of the 4-year program. I would adivse anyone interested in nursing to take a nurse assisting course. It will give you great experience and a better idea of what being a nurse is all about. You also get paid pretty well for how little training it takes. They usually get paid a few dollars over minimum wage, but I make $18 an hour working per diem in an expensive part of the country. Most states require a 75 hour course, but some states require more and some courses run longer. Many nursing homes offer the training for free, but even if you can't find a free program its worth the investment. **ADDITION: People with BSNs are not mostly managers, supervisors and admistrators. Though a bachelors or masters degree is required for these postitions, BSNs are required for many other nursing jobs. This is from the Occupational Outlook Handbooks page on RNs, which you may have seen before. The link can be found below. "...some career paths are open only to nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree often is necessary for administrative positions and is a prerequisite for admission to graduate nursing programs in research, consulting, and teaching, and all four advanced practice nursing specialties—clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, and nurse practitioners. Individuals who complete a bachelor’s receive more training in areas such as communication, leadership, and critical thinking, all of which are becoming more important as nursing care becomes more complex. Additionally, bachelor’s degree programs offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. Education beyond a bachelor’s degree can also help students looking to enter certain fields or increase advancement opportunities."
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Carol Originally Answered: Different Nursing Degrees?
LPN/LVN - usually not a "Degree" program but usually diploma or certificate program. 12-18 months in length. Teaches you some basic nursing skills including CNA functions like activities of daily living and taking vital signs, but also more professional nursing skills like performing wound care, administering medications, documentation, limited assessments, providing education. ADN - a 2 year program (not counting time spent on pre-requisties), at the end of which you are eligible to take the NCLEX exam for RN licensure. This is the minimum education level required for RN licensure. Teaches the fundementals of nursing practice, including all the things the CNAs and LPNs do, but more in depth knowledge of anatomy & physiology, disease pathology, comprehensive assessments, utilizing the nursing process, creating care plans, performing more complex nursing cares like IV push meds, cardiac monitoring, tracheostomy cares, etc., coordinating care between multiple disciplines, providing a deeper level of education to the client and their families. It requires a higher level of critical thinking than LPN work. There are also more legal standards for practice and documentation. BSN - same as ADN with an expansion on your liberal arts / general education requirements, and the extra nursing courses focus more on theory, models of care, leadership aspects, professional topics like research and education. Essentially it gives you a more well rounded education as a professional. It's a full 4 year undergraduate degree. You are eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure at the end. You can also go one step at a time if you wanted, some people become an LPN first, then there are LPN to RN (ADN) which are about 12-18 months, or ADN RN to BSN programs which are about 18-24 months. LPNs make roughly $16-25 per hour. RNs with ADN make about $25-35 per hour doing regular patient care, whereas the BSNs working in the same job as the ADN RN doing patient care might only make about $1 more per hour. BSNs make more money after a few years of experience, when they are more eligible for jobs in supervision / administration / management. If you ever want to go on to become a Nurse Practitioner or something like that, you need the BSN first, because you can then go on to a graduate nursing program at the Master's level (2-3 years beyond BSN), or, after 2015 it changes and NPs will need a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (2-3 years beyond MSN).
Carol Originally Answered: Different Nursing Degrees?
No, you have to complete the BSN curriculum (pass all of its required courses) to obtain the bachelors. RN is more like a title of a profession and you only become one after you pass the NCLEX licensing exam. Most states (such as California) say that you have to graduate from one of their state approved schools in order to qualify to take the NCLEX. Doing all that education stuff is pre-RN. The path you listed sounds about right. BSN for 4 years (this is the education part of the profession), get some experience as an RN, do the NA course and go from there.
Carol Originally Answered: Different Nursing Degrees?
Get the BSN. It's a 4 year degree that will get you the most money over time. The others will have to go back to college to get their BSN eventually if they want to make the big bucks. All will be able to get a job though. Nurses (regardless of the degree) are in short supply.

Angela Angela
Right now there is a shortage in the nursing field. There are definetly career options for RN's. The field is so vast nowadays. You can even attend community college schools to get your degree in 2 years. Jobs are now offering $2,000-$5,000 sign on bonuses. Most people with a BSN in nursing are more administrative, supervisors or managers.
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Angela Originally Answered: Nursing student in KY needing information about getting my nursing license in California after I graduate?
It's a very rare circumstance where you need to take extra courses in order to get a license in a new state. I've only heard of this happening when someone went through a program that didn't include a public health component. If you have a reputable school that was accredited by the CCNE or NLNAC then you're probably just fine. It's just a matter of submitting evidence of current licensure, evidence of your transcripts / graduation (or evidence of current work as an RN), passing background checks, and paying the fees. The CA board of nursing website has this page which talks about the "licensure by endorsement" process, and it doesn't say anything about extra courses needed. http://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/lic-end....
Angela Originally Answered: Nursing student in KY needing information about getting my nursing license in California after I graduate?
I have plenty of respect for nurses, they have a tricky job, but still many people are attracted to this job. I found some excellent instruction on the site in the box below, it guided my sister to set out on the road to becoming a nurse, she is in her first term of training now.

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