This is my first post on the site, but I love this website. I always find great information and fun stories to read (as if didnt have enough to read already :-) )
I am in my last semester of ADN program and I'm super excited toto graduate. I've wanted to be a nurse for as long as I remember and the more clinicals I did the more I liked it.
One thing that's pretty scary to me now is that I might now be able to find a job. I've researched
Oct 2, '12
Oops sorry! Pressed send by accident. I've researched various new grad programs and different hospitals, and I understand that getting hired with my ADN will be pretty tough. I am planning on starting my bsn as soon as I'm done here. So my question is:
Is it worth going to a state university to get my BSN or I can find any online school to get the degree? I am planning on continuing my education after my bsn (to become an NP or CRNA, I haven't decided yet)
I'd really appreciate some feedback.
Oct 3, '12
I recently graduated with my ADN. I received my license last month and have been applying non-stop. I think I have applied to over 40 positions all over SoCal and I haven't received so much as a call back. I have also applied to 2 RN Residency programs but it is too soon to find out if I will get an interview yet. So...yes, it is VERY tough right now.
Based on many conversations with RNs, students, teachers...it doesn't matter where you obtain your BSN. Just as long as you have it, it will benefit you. The reason most of the hospitals want BSN RN's is because they are trying to reach Magnet status. And it doesn't matter where you graduated from...It's all about numbers. Just go for whatever is most convenient for you. I just applied to an RN to BSN program myself today.
Oct 3, '12
Just want to welcome you to allnurses! Yes, the job market is pretty tight here so going for your BSN as soon as you can will improve your chances. Best wishes!
Visiting the CA BON
website and reading everything you can there is the best way to make sure you are making a wise investment in time and money pursuing your BSN.
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Oct 3, '12
Yeah definitely make sure your RN-BSN program is accredited and approved by the BRN BEFORE signing up for it. I've heard too many stories on here of programs lying to students just to get your money.
Also, it is true that it does not matter whereyou get your BSN from; however, if you go to a more well-known school, future employers will choose you over another candidate with the exact same qualifications/ transcripts/ letters of rec, because they know the reputation of the other school.
I went to a small school with a fairly new nursing program. When I go to tell recruiters where I went, the have never heard of it and are weary of a school they don't know about. I know two major hospitals in my area only higher from the big name schools.. and some postings even say, only to apply if you've gone to one of the particular schools in the area.
But at the end of the day, a BSN from anywhere is better than an ADN in most hospitals. Good luck to you!
Oct 4, '12
Thank you all so much for the info! I'm thinking to apply to csudh or Fullerton becAuse they have online classes. Did anyone attend those schools? Is the workload as bad as in ADN program?
Oct 4, '12
CSUDH is the program I signed up for.
My friend is in it now. He said it's pretty easy, just a lot of busy work. Lots of essays. It definitely is not as tough as going through the ADN program.
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