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Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

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MrsBumbleb
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Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

I've been debating the nursing field for some time. Currently, I am a stay at home mom (in her 40's). I received my Masters over 15 years ago and have worked mostly in the social work field. I was interested in becoming a RN but was planning on getting my Associates only (because of time and money) at Suffolk CC. Now that there is the new law where you will need to obtain a Bachelors degree within 10 years of getting your license I'm torn. If I didn't go right after for my BSN do you think I would have a good chance of getting a job over a new graduate perhaps with no work experience but a BSN? Is it worth it to do an LPN program instead? I'm not sure what jobs hire LPN's. I do have extensive experience with case management although I'm not really looking to work in nursing home settings. Ideally I'd like to work in pediatrics. Sorry this is all over the place Chat Icon

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Posted 3/20/18 3:41 PM
 
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LuckyStar
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Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

I’m not a nurse but I’ve worked extensively with nurse managers and have helped hire dozens of them.

To answer your question, yes, a hospital will hire a new grad with a BSN over someone with only an RN. No question. We didn’t even look at RNs unless they had extensive nursing experience (20+ years) in the exact specialty we needed and even then it was a hard sell.

You could maybe get a job in a nursing home as an LPN. Maybe.

I honestly don’t even know why these schools offer RNs anymore. They are obsolete.

Posted 3/20/18 3:52 PM
 

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Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

I certainly can't speak for what happens in NY, but I work for a nursing school that is tied to Duke University and 99% of the students get jobs 6 months after graduation (if they pass the boards). Most of the students work in the Duke University Health System b/c they're well known to the people there since they do clinicals in different departments. NC also has the same stipulation about having to get a BSN but it's within 5 years of being hired (we're currently an RN diploma program).

I would think that NY is similar if you go to a school that is a feeder to a major health system.

Posted 3/20/18 3:54 PM
 

MrsBumbleb
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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by LuckyStar

I’m not a nurse but I’ve worked extensively with nurse managers and have helped hire dozens of them.

To answer your question, yes, a hospital will hire a new grad with a BSN over someone with only an RN. No question. We didn’t even look at RNs unless they had extensive nursing experience (20+ years) in the exact specialty we needed and even then it was a hard sell.

You could maybe get a job in a nursing home as an LPN. Maybe.

I honestly don’t even know why these schools offer RNs anymore. They are obsolete.



Thank you for the input.

Posted 3/20/18 4:02 PM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by MrsBumbleb

Posted by LuckyStar

I’m not a nurse but I’ve worked extensively with nurse managers and have helped hire dozens of them.

To answer your question, yes, a hospital will hire a new grad with a BSN over someone with only an RN. No question. We didn’t even look at RNs unless they had extensive nursing experience (20+ years) in the exact specialty we needed and even then it was a hard sell.

You could maybe get a job in a nursing home as an LPN. Maybe.

I honestly don’t even know why these schools offer RNs anymore. They are obsolete.



Thank you for the input.



Being you already have a bachelors degree have you considered an accelerated BSN program? There are a few schools on LI who have them. A good friend of mine did hers somewhere in Jersey. It was 15 months of hell but once she was done she got a job immediately.

Posted 3/20/18 4:06 PM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by LuckyStar

Posted by MrsBumbleb

Posted by LuckyStar

I’m not a nurse but I’ve worked extensively with nurse managers and have helped hire dozens of them.

To answer your question, yes, a hospital will hire a new grad with a BSN over someone with only an RN. No question. We didn’t even look at RNs unless they had extensive nursing experience (20+ years) in the exact specialty we needed and even then it was a hard sell.

You could maybe get a job in a nursing home as an LPN. Maybe.

I honestly don’t even know why these schools offer RNs anymore. They are obsolete.



Thank you for the input.



Being you already have a bachelors degree have you considered an accelerated BSN program? There are a few schools on LI who have them. A good friend of mine did hers somewhere in Jersey. It was 15 months of hell but once she was done she got a job immediately.



This advice is on point. My sister is an RN with a BSN and I've looked into the accelerated programs as well. The only thing is that you would have to take a few pre-requisite classes before you even start the BSN accelerated program (depending on what degree you have). That would take some time. Once you get into the BSN program its appx. 2 years of hard core studying and then you have to study and pass the NCLEX. There's no shortcuts in nursing and all hospitals highly prefer at least BSN.

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Posted 3/20/18 4:38 PM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

I looked into nursing a couple years ago - have a bachelor's in another health related field. It's highly competitive, and you cannot get a job in a hospital without a BSN. At the time you could possibly get a job in a doctors office, but that's probably unlikely at this point.

I don't think an LPN is worth it for what you want to do. You could probably get a hospital job, but an LPN is not an RN - the responsibilities are very different.

Programs are competitive, even for an associates, and your science pre req's must have been taken within the past 10 year. A&P 1,2 and microbio....

I feel like I'm being negative, but just trying to lay it all out. It's different than it was in the past, and then it is in other states - kind of like teaching jobs on LI. Just trying to say there are no short cuts, and no sure things. It's grueling and you have to grind it out for a few years.

Posted 3/20/18 5:14 PM
 

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Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Definitely go for RN (BSN) not LPN. Look into the accelerated programs since you already have a degree. It’s a great career (good starting salary, benefits, etc) and has a lot of flexibility. Let me know if you have any more specific questions!

Posted 3/20/18 11:27 PM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Northwell doesn’t recognize LPNs as nurses anymore. They only hire minimum BSN I think. Hofstra has a Northwell nursing school check it out.

My own concern at your age would be paying for school again...

Message edited 3/21/2018 7:22:07 AM.

Posted 3/21/18 7:20 AM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

My friend did it. Went back to school in her early 40's at SCC to get a nursing degree. She is now done with her Associates and loves working a nurse.

Posted 3/21/18 8:18 AM
 

MrsBumbleb
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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by LuckyStar

Posted by MrsBumbleb

Posted by LuckyStar

I’m not a nurse but I’ve worked extensively with nurse managers and have helped hire dozens of them.

To answer your question, yes, a hospital will hire a new grad with a BSN over someone with only an RN. No question. We didn’t even look at RNs unless they had extensive nursing experience (20+ years) in the exact specialty we needed and even then it was a hard sell.

You could maybe get a job in a nursing home as an LPN. Maybe.

I honestly don’t even know why these schools offer RNs anymore. They are obsolete.



Thank you for the input.



Being you already have a bachelors degree have you considered an accelerated BSN program? There are a few schools on LI who have them. A good friend of mine did hers somewhere in Jersey. It was 15 months of hell but once she was done she got a job immediately.





Yes, thank you. I checked out Stony Brook. A bit too far.

Posted 3/21/18 9:21 AM
 

MrsBumbleb
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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by Mama2S2013

Definitely go for RN (BSN) not LPN. Look into the accelerated programs since you already have a degree. It’s a great career (good starting salary, benefits, etc) and has a lot of flexibility. Let me know if you have any more specific questions!



Thanks, will do!

Posted 3/21/18 9:22 AM
 

MrsBumbleb
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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by CookiePuss

My friend did it. Went back to school in her early 40's at SCC to get a nursing degree. She is now done with her Associates and loves working a nurse.



Yeah, I'm thinking I should have pulled that cord a few years ago. Now an associates just won't do.

Posted 3/21/18 9:23 AM
 

MrsBumbleb
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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Thank you for all of the responses. I'm leaning towards doing the 2 years at SCC getting my RN license then doing RN-BSN online perhaps through Stony Brook.

Posted 3/21/18 9:26 AM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by MrsBumbleb

Posted by CookiePuss

My friend did it. Went back to school in her early 40's at SCC to get a nursing degree. She is now done with her Associates and loves working a nurse.



Yeah, I'm thinking I should have pulled that cord a few years ago. Now an associates just won't do.



My dh and I went back 9 years ago in our early and late 30's to ncc for our associates. We both have bachelors in other fields, but wanted a cost efficient rn program. We did 2 semesters of prerequisites. We immediately after enrolled into bachelors programs following graduation. If you get a job as a cna sooner rather than later you could get a job easier after associates graduation. You can message me as my job takes associate nurses. I have a bachelors but like my flexibility and benefits of my job right now.

Posted 3/21/18 9:34 AM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by MrsBumbleb

Posted by CookiePuss

My friend did it. Went back to school in her early 40's at SCC to get a nursing degree. She is now done with her Associates and loves working a nurse.



Yeah, I'm thinking I should have pulled that cord a few years ago. Now an associates just won't do.



No, she's an RN and working in a hospital. Not sure it was an associates. She graduated a couple of years ago

Posted 3/21/18 9:39 AM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

I just remembered...my husband was at SIU (Northwell) last week for a couple of surgeries and I did not see any LPNs anywhere. Only nurses and PCAs (patient care assistants) who are like medical assistants.

Posted 3/21/18 2:08 PM
 

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Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

all the nursing homes use LPN and have an RN as supervisor.

Posted 3/21/18 2:10 PM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by MST9106

I just remembered...my husband was at SIU (Northwell) last week for a couple of surgeries and I did not see any LPNs anywhere. Only nurses and PCAs (patient care assistants) who are like medical assistants.



Northwell and Stony Brook do not hire without a BSN. I think Stony Brook will hire BSNs without experience but you'll get the bottom of the barrel in terms of shifts/units.

If you do decide to get your BSN, find a niche. Pick a specialty and already be working toward extra certifications when you apply for jobs. You'll still have to do your time on the floor but you will likely move up quicker and moving up means better hours and more money.

Posted 3/21/18 2:24 PM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

Posted by MrsBumbleb

Thank you for all of the responses. I'm leaning towards doing the 2 years at SCC getting my RN license then doing RN-BSN online perhaps through Stony Brook.



you can do all your clinical first, get a job then continue with the rest

Posted 3/21/18 3:55 PM
 

MrsBumbleb
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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

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Posted by MrsBumbleb

Thank you for all of the responses. I'm leaning towards doing the 2 years at SCC getting my RN license then doing RN-BSN online perhaps through Stony Brook.



you can do all your clinical first, get a job then continue with the rest



Thank you. This is what I was thinking also.Chat Icon

Posted 3/22/18 9:43 AM
 

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Re: Anyone in nursing field that can offer guidance?

I did the accelerated at stony brook and graduated last May and am working at Stony brook too. Also had my Masters in SW and worked in HR for many years. FM me if you want!

Posted 3/22/18 4:00 PM
 
 

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