Nursing jobs: What can you do with a bachelors that you can't with an associates?

I know that a bachelors degree is generally needed for admin positions. But what type of jobs generally prefer a bachelors degreee? For example, does a job in the emergency room prefer a bachelors degree and the newborn nursery only require associates? I know this varies by location, but any info would be appreciated!

Asked By: Chelsea - 1/11/2008
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BSN and Associates degrees, once obtained, BOTH allow you to take the NCLEX. The NCLEX is the examination that allows you to be licensed as an RN. This means that, as far as patient care goes, both are equal, both mean RN... More
Answered By: K H - 1/11/2008
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Answered By: steve what - 1/11/2008
If you have your associates, you're considered an LPN/LVN. If you have your bachelors, you're considered an RN. The pay difference is pretty big (where I live LPN makes about $15/hr and RN makes about $40/hr) and the RN tends to carry more responsibilities. Being an RN gives you more versatility as to what you can do... More
Answered By: ***candyland*** - 1/11/2008
There are probably many jobs you can do without a bachelors degree. However with so many job seeks out there, many employers use a bachelors degree as a screening criteria. In other words, employeers only select those which have bachelors degrees for interviews. All others are not even considered.
Answered By: exactduke - 1/11/2008
Public Health Nursing is the main thing. Some employers will require a BSN or will say they prefer BSNs, but that isn't because by law you have to have a BSN to perform the job, it's just their preference. You can work in any hospital staff RN position, whether in the OR, ER, peds, nursery, L&D, med/surg, ortho... More
Answered By: Jill - 1/11/2008
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