Many people are confused about the terms BSN, BScN, Generic BSN, Post-RN, BS Nursing and BSc Nursing. We receive many questions about these programmes at PkN Social Media Networks. This post will clarify the difference in the context of Pakistan.
Generic BSN is the best option for those people who want to join nursing profession (entry into practice) in Pakistan. The other option to join nursing profession is 3-years diploma in general nursing. As per the policies of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, the diploma in nursing will be banned across Pakistan after the year 2018. Therefore, the future of the diploma holders looks bleak. Whereas, the Generic BSN degree holders will have good opportunities in future.
Generic BSN is a 4-years degree program followed by 1-year internship. Internship means practical nursing practice in a hospital under the supervision of senior nurses. Males and female aged between 17 to 25 years and having FSc (pre-medical) can take admission in Generic BSN programme. This programme is also known as BSN, Generic, or BS Nursing. The degree holders are allowed to practice as nurses independently after passing a licensure examination of Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC). This programme was first time introduced in Pakistan in 1997 by the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Karachi.
Post-RN BScN stands for Post-Registred Nurse Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Unlike Generic BSN programme, Post-RN BScN is not for entry into practice. It is for those who already have diploma in general nursing, 1-year specialty diploma, 2 years clinical experience and registration with PNC. It is done after registration with PNC, therefore, it is called Post-Registred Nurses (Post-RN). It is also known as BScN or BSc Nursing. Since the Post-RN BScN degree holders are already registered with PNC, therefore, they do not need to appear in the licensure examination of PNC.
The Post-RN program was initiated in Pakistan in 1988 by the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Karachi. Currently, the Post-RN BScN degree holders are facing some technical issues in getting the equivalence of 16 years of education from the HEC but it seems that the issues will be resolved soon.