What Is the Difference Between an RN & a BSN?

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The difference between an RN and a BSN is that an RN is a title for a registered nurse, while a BSN stands for a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Learn about the differences between degrees and licenses with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a Registered Nurse here in Austin, Texas. And today I'm going to tell you what the difference between an RN and a BSN is. So first of all, you should know RN stands for Registered Nurse. And BSN stands for Bachelors of Science and Nursing. So right off the by, you see there's a difference. The BSN is a degree that you get in a university. It's usually a four year degree. And from there, you can take a state regulated test or the NCLEX. And if you pass that, then you'll become an RN or a Registered Nurse. Which is, it's a licensure. So the difference really in there, is that a BSN is education. And an RN is a license. And that's the difference between a BSN and an RN.


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