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Hi Ken,

I am a student in the pre-nursing courses, struggling to get into my current university's BSN program. I have already changed my major in the past until I finally realized that nursing was my best course, and am now a senior. The problem is that I have already been denied once from the program and am looking to try again but am very close to the point that I could graduate with a BS of Allied Health Sciences... which I can't do much with.

I've met with some university career counselors as well as advisers who all have given me different answers about this: can I go to a community college just to acquire the skills of a nurse after I have my BS of AHS and then be marketable for jobs as would a BSN? I would already have all of the background and prerequisites necessary for a BSN through the BS of AHS.

I have heard that all I would need is the skills in the area and not necessarily even associates degree, I have heard that it wouldn't make sense to do that, among other answers.

My ultimate goal is to become a nurse and I want to do that however I can. I wanted to ask someone that has some knowledge on the subject as my advisers are not in the nursing field necessarily. I am planning on applying to more than one nursing school in my state this time, but I find it difficult to leave where I am as I consider it home now.

Any insight that you could give me would be awesome.

Thank you for your time!

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Cass:

Nursing has been difficult for new RN's since the recession and the healthcare insurance crisis. Hospitals can not refuse care for patients coming through the ER doors and patients are being cared for at the expense of the hospital systems. In turn, hospitals are cutting staff to include nurses and expecting more work from less nurses in order to stay within budgets.  Hospitals are also opting for 4 year BSN nurses when they can as the starting pay is the same for most new nurses who are paid by years of experience. If you can get the 4 year degree that is best. If you are in an area that does not attract nurses like North Dakota for example, a 2 year degree RN would be ok. It's all supply and demand. I would call the local hospital nurse recruiter and ask them if they are hiring new 2 year RN grads or only. 4 year BSN nurses. This will give you an idea of which route to follow. You can always go back later for the BSN if the hospital will hire 2 year RN's.

Nurse's with experience have plenty of work. It's the new grads who are suffering from lack of positions. Ofcourse, experienced nurses are still overworked and under paid. I have only gotten 1 raise over the past 5 years or so. It's a tough time for all professions and nursing is no exception nowadays. I would apply to as many schools as you can for the least tuition. As long as you pass your NCLEX RN exam.... It doesn't matter what school you get your degree from.

I wish I had better news, but don't give up. Keep trying and you will succeed. Let me know how things go. Oh.., if you can get a nurses aide job at the local hospital while in school.... That could help to give you an inside chance to get a nursing position once you do graduate.

Good luck!
Ken, BSN, RN, CCRN, MICN

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I can answer questions regarding all aspects of Nursing as a career in general. If you need help deciding if nursing is a career for you, then let me help you with your decision. As an added bonus, I can answer your questions from the perspective of being a man in nursing who has a wife that is also a nurse. Men is nursing is more accepted today than it was when I began in 1993. Regardless of your gender, Nursing has so much to offer and is among the most respected professions of our time. I have been a registered nurse since 1993 and have been certified in Critical Care nursing since 1996. I am currently a full-time Critical Care Ground Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN). I am working per diem as a night Shift Administrator/Nursing Supervisor.

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My experience over the years since 1993 have been spent between the Emergency Room and the Critical Care Units. More recently since 2007 I have been working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a Critical Care Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN)/Emergency Medical Technician(EMT). This unit is known as the Specialty Care Transport Unit(SCTU). I transport all age populations with critical medical problems from Hospital A to Hospital B in the back of an ambulance. My job is to make sure this patient remains in the same or better condition and to handle any emergency that may arise during the over the road transport. BLS/ACLS/PALS/NRP/ITLS Certified Provider.

Organizations
American Association of Critical Care Nurses Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

Education/Credentials
BSN,Nursing/Pursuing MSN in Nursing Administration Critical Care Registered Nurse(CCRN)/ Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN)/ Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/ AAS Business Management

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American Ambulance Association-2009 Star of Life Recipient

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