ADN OR BSN for Hospice Nursing?

  1. I would like to become a Hospice nurse. Would getting my ADN be a disadvantage for this specialty? I live in Jonesboro and am 42 yr old. I thought about eventually completing a BSN but I am just out of a bad marriage and would like to get a stable job as quick as possible. Opinions are appreciated!
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  3. by   soxgirl2008
    I'm not in Arkansas, I'm in the Midwest but many hospice nurses around here are ADNs. I know you say you want a job as soon as possible, but be aware that the ADN isn't really a 2 year degree...many programs require 1-1.5 years of pre reqs before you even start the nursing courses
  4. by   BostonFNP
    Much may depend on the job market in your area. Have you tried calling a few hospice offices and asking?

    Hospice nursing is a tough field for new grads and one where (personally) I feel like additional education of a BSN is helpful.

    Remember just because there are experienced ADNs working in a given field doesn't mean they will hire a new ADN (or even a new BSN).

    Call some local offices, try to do a shadow shift.
  5. by   arkiebarbie
    I actually have alot of pre-reqs done for it and would only have to take the nursing portions as long as they accept my transfers. Lol,but you never know. Right?
  6. by   maxamillion
    shouldn't matter as to which degree you have. i have found that experience in hospice helps you land that job. you can do your ADN and get your BSN online. Good luck!

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