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Understanding your nursing degree needs can be overwhelming.
Pathways to Admission will help you with the resources and support you need to make informed decisions. From college essay advice to understanding what nursing direction fits your goals, we are here to help you every step of the way.
First You'll need your BSN
There are 3 fundamental ways to achieve a BSN.
First is through a direct admit program where the college accepts you into the nursing degree program starting your freshman year.
The second is where the college accepts you into a general health science major and then the individual applies to the nursing program starting their junior year.
The third is to complete your RN through a community college or hospital and then apply to a college that offers an RN to BSN program.
How Pathways will help you
Review requirements for nursing programs
Transcript will be reviewed along with academic advising
Assist in developing college lists
Application timeline and completion
Letters of recommendation
Interview Prep (if required)
What is nursing?According to the American Nurses Association: “Nursing is the glue that holds a patient’s health care journey together. Across the entire patient experience, and wherever there is someone in need of care, nurses work tirelessly to identify and protect the needs of the individual. Beyond the time-honored reputation for compassion and dedication lies a highly specialized profession, which is constantly evolving to address the needs of society. From ensuring the most accurate diagnoses to the ongoing education of the public about critical health issues; nurses are indispensable in safeguarding public health. Nursing can be described as both an art and a science; a heart and a mind. At its heart, lies a fundamental respect for human dignity and an intuition for a patient’s needs. This is supported by the mind, in the form of rigorous core learning. Due to the vast range of specialisms and complex skills in the nursing profession, each nurse will have specific strengths, passions, and expertise. However, nursing has a unifying ethos: In assessing a patient, nurses do not just consider test results. Through the critical thinking exemplified in the nursing process, nurses use their judgment to integrate objective data with subjective experience of a patient’s biological, physical and behavioral needs. This ensures that every patient, from city hospital to community health center; state prison to summer camp, receives the best possible care regardless of who they are, or where they may be.”
What does a BSN nurse do?A BSN nurse is a registered nurse who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. BSN nurses provide direct patient care in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. They work with physicians to assess patient health, diagnose illnesses, and develop treatment plans. BSN nurses also provide education and support to patients and their families, and assist in the management of care for individual patients.
Is there a difference between a BSN and RN?A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree program that prepares students to become a registered nurse (RN). An RN has completed either a two-year associate degree program or a three-year diploma program. The BSN degree provides a broader foundation of knowledge, which includes courses in leadership, research, and public health. BSN programs also offer more clinical opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience.
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