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** RN vs. BSN: What You Should Know **
By Elizabeth Ross on August 20, 2013
Nursing always looks so simple in movies – stick a patient with a needle,
save their life and move on. Real-life nursing isn’t so easy, of course,
so it stands to reason that Hollywood’s portrayal of a certain category
of nurse is also inaccurate.
As you’ve likely discovered in your research, a nurse is never just a
“nurse” – a nurse can be a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered
nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) or numerous other job titles. So it
makes sense that nurses have different levels of education that reflect
their varied qualifications and expertise. Nurses can have an associate
degree, Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in
How do you know which is right for you?
We’ve already covered the* **LPN versus RN debate*, now let’s explore
RN versus BSN. It should be noted that one is a job title and one is a
degree, but our research shows that it’s a comparison that confuses
many people, given the frequency with which it appears on nursing forums
such as Nurse.com and AllNurses.com.
Here, we’ve given you the facts you need so you can make the choice
that’s best for your future nursing career.
RN vs. BSN
*RN vs. BSN: education requirements*
The first thing you should know is that becoming an RN means passing the
NCLEX exam. There is no way around it.
To be eligible to sit for the NCLEX you must first earn either an associate
degree in nursing (ADN) or
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
** Bachelor of Science in Nursing **
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The *Bachelor of Science in Nursing* (*BSN, or BScN in Canada*) is a
four-year academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted
by a tertiary education university or similarly accredited school.
Though one is eligible to sit for the licensing examination to become a
registered nurse after graduating from either a two-year program with an
Associate's Degree (ADN) or from a four-year program with an Bachelor's
Degree (BSN), the BSN prepares nurses for a professional role away from the
bedside with coursework in nursing science, research, leadership, and
nursing informatics. A BSN also provides the student with general education
in math, humanities and social sciences.^
A bachelors opens up opportunities for greater career advancement and
higher salary options. This degree qualifies its holder for administrative,
research, consulting and teaching positions, that would not be available to
those with only an ADN.^
Although a BSN is not required for entry into professional nursing now,
there has been a push for it to become the minimum degree for professional
nursing since 1964, when the ANA House of Delegates approved a motion
supporting such action. According to the ANA the title Registered Nurse
should be reserved for those holding a baccalaureate degree, while those
holding associates degrees be titled practical or technical nurses.
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1. *^* "Nursing Degrees". Guidetoonlineschools. Retrieved 27 December
2. *^* "How to Become a Registered Nurse". Bureau of Labor Statistics
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