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Are hospitals now only taking certified RN's that have a bachelors degree?

After doing a paid internship at Yale New Haven Hospital my junior year of high school, I overheard the nurse manager saying that hospitals are starting to require that nursing school graduates have a bachelors degree to get hired. I am wondering if this is true? #medicine #nursing #professor #nurse #healthcare #hospital

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Haylei’s Answer

It depends on the organization. Many hospitals are trying to obtain or keep Magnet status which requires at least 80% of the nurses to have BSNs. If you do get a position with an ASN, many hospitals will require you to sign a contract stating that you will complete your BSN within 3 or 5 years.
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Melissa’s Answer

Hi Deana-
It varies state to state and hospital. Many larger teaching hospitals require BSNs as entry level RN or require a contract to be signed for the nurse to complete their BSN with a certain time frame. There are lots of options to do this with on-site or on-line RN to BSN programs. With this they may offer some tuition reimbursement to defray the costs. Community hospitals are not always as stringent on this, unless they are working towards obtaining Magnet Certification.
Here is a link to a good NY Times article that goes into more detail:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/education/changing-requirements-send-nurses-back-to-school.html
that I think will be helpful.
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