Types of Nursing Degrees And Their Differences (RN, RM and BSN)
Schools of Nursing in Nigeria
Over the years, we have found out that a lot of persons have always being left with questions unanswered when it comes to schools of nursing in Nigeria.
And truth be told, you didn’t just stumble on this article, you saw this page because of your search for unanswered questions and we really hope we are able to answer your questions after reading this article.
Though, if we are unable to answer your every question, please feel free to ask using the comment section below.
Now, let’s start to address some issues.
Firstly, we understand that some persons want to know the basic requirements of entering schools of nursing in Nigeria. But there again, how about knowing the difference between a school of nursing and attending a university to study nursing?
This is one very question we are very sure a lot of persons have been asking and we will try to explain the two in this article.
Let me tell you about the obvious bewilderment.
One of our writers has an Aunt who studied nursing from the University of Benin and obtained her degree after five years of schooling, but then, there is a friend who is studying at UBTH school of nursing and according to her, it is just for 3 years.
Then, this will leave no other question in mind, than to ask, why go to the university in first place if they are both going to be regarded as nurses?
After much research on the subject matter, we have been able to come up with a pretty good explanation of what you really need to know when it comes to the school of nursing and obtaining a nursing degree from a university.
Now, let’s go on!
The Differences Between RN, RM and BSN
When you attend a university and studies nursing, you will be given the degree BSN which stands for Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
And when you attend a school of nursing, you will be referred to as a Registered Nurse(RN).
A nurse who has earned a BSN degree is also an RN, Registered Nurse.
However, an RN does not hold a BSN degree and cannot be regarded as such.
RNs are just nurses that have been licenced to practice after attending a nursing school.
For a Registered Nurse (RN) to hold a BSN, they will have to take direct entry form to do that and if they meet the admission requirements, they will be admitted.
If you are interested in the field of nursing, you have options when it comes to the kind of degree you can earn.
The more education you receive, the more career opportunities you will have and the more money you will earn.
An RN diploma is a good place to start your nursing career, but RNs who go on to earn BSN degrees have both more career choices and command higher salaries.
While there are many RN to BSN programs, it’s important to find one that fits your schedule and budget, as well as meeting your career goals.
Job Role/Duties of RNs, RMs, and BSNs
Some people will tell you that a nurse is a nurse and that they perform the same duties. But that’s not completely true from the perspective of a working nurse.
To be honest, you can consider them as the same but someone with Bachelor of Science in Nursing(BSN) is more respected and considered to be more qualified.
If you go to our hospitals today, you will find out that nurses do same job but internally, nurses know the difference.
BSN is a nurse that has more roles and responsibility than a nurse that is RN.
Though, in Nigeria today, a lot of nurses have neglected their responsibility and even try to do a responsibility shift without doing a pay shift.
RNs are said to perform basic nursing duties.
These can include recording patient symptoms, operating simple medical equipment and educating patients about diseases and illness.
You’ll also work closely with doctors and other nurses on patient care.
Once you’ve earned a BSN, you’ll find that you have more responsibilities.
This, of course, also means that you’ll have more options for jobs, from being an educator to specializing in a certain disease or working with a specific age or cultural demographic.
Having a BSN also lays the foundation for taking your career to the next level if you decide that’s what you’d like to do.
In addition, holding a BSN prepares you for earning a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree. The MSN degree opens the door to such diverse and high-paying jobs as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse.
A BSN degree holder is also more respected and regarded in the field of nursing today in Nigeria and they are paid far higher too.
Registered Midwifery on the other hand
Are nurses that are in charge of prospective, expecting and nursing mothers.
We have done an article to really distinguish between RNs and RMs. Click here to read the article.
Which Is Better Between RN, RM and BSN?
This strongly depends on you. It depends on what you want and how far you want to go in your nursing career. Please check out, salaries of nurses in Nigeria.
Answering the question of which one is better is making my opinion becoming a basis for your decision which I really don’t want.
I will explain a little about how they work and what to expect so that you can make your won decision on them.
School or College of Nursing and Midwifery
In Nigeria, if you give in to the school of nursing and midwifery, below is the picture of your life.
You Obtain a Teaching Hospital Admission form
- SON is run by a university teaching of a hospital (TH) except private. Such TH will sell admission form usually every year to admit a new set of students.
- After obtaining the form, you’re admitted through entrance exams, physical interview and medical test.
- Now you’re to remain a nurse student for the next three academic years which are majorly practicals centred.
- After the completion of your nursing course and passing external exams called Hospital Final, you’re awarded registered nurse (RN) title.
List of Schools and Colleges of Nursing in Nigeria
- University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
- Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja School of Nursing
- Kaduna State College of Nursing
- Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
- Oyo State College of Nursing, Eleyele Ibadan
- Ogun State School of Nursing and Midwifery
- University of Benin Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
- Benue State School of Nursing
- University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
- Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing
- Kastina State School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery
- University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
Continue to University or School of Midwifery
Unfortunately, the RN is not equivalent to Bsc or Degree Nursing. This is why you may still want to continue to a university. And if you’re contented with RN, you can use this to work as a staff nurse in any hospital and health centre.
- If you choose to proceed to university, you will have to obtain JAMB Direct Entry form and choose a university of your interest.
- If offered admission, eventually, you will be admitted to 200 or 300 level Degree Nursing; depending, in school policies.
- Then you spend another 4 or 3 years to complete Bsc. or Degree Nursing; after which you’ll be awarded Registered Midwifery and Bsc Nursing or BSN.
From RN to Midwifery (RM)
- Another stage after RN at a school of nursing is called a school of Midwifery. This is administered usually by the same teaching hospital.
- If you prefer this instead of obtaining JAMB DE form, you may need to spend another 1 or 2 years after RN for your midwifery course. Then you have two certificates altogether – RN and (Registered Midwifery) RM
Study Nursing at University Instead
If you choose university Nursing instead of the school of Nursing/ midwifery, below is the picture of your journey.
You Obtain JAMB Form
- You’ll have to register UTME for the admission year, like any other candidates seeking admission into other courses.
- If you score the required mark of your proposed school – usually 200 and above, you then obtain post UTME form and take their post UTME test where required. Schools such as OAU, UI, UNILAG, ABU, UNIBEN etc conduct post UTME test while schools like UNIOSUN, KWASU etc do not.
- If you’re eventually admitted, you’ll be running the course for 5 years after which you will be awarded three certificates – RN, RM and (Bachelor of Nursing) BSN.
Career/Jobs: Your Fate with Bsc Nursing and School of Nursing/Midwifery
Your academic journey has finally come to an end. You’re done with your nursing degree or midwifery. Here is the picture of what is to come. What is next in the labour market or at work?
Experience has shown that graduates of universities are senior officers above those who completed RN only – or plus RM.
This means, if we have a staff with RN and RM who had been working for ten years or more, she will eventually be subordinate or junior colleague to new staff with Bsc Nursing.
If you want to avoid such things, further your nursing academic career. It is very important!
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