It seems they all require you to have a BSN. I am currently in an ADN program. I have all the general eds for a BSN, just not those few extra classes required for a BSN.
I REALLY want to go into ICU, and I don't want to go into MedSurg. I feel I will learn much better in a great and long (6months+) ICU internship straight out of school, than to go to MedSurg for a year, then get thrown into ICU with possibly only a few weeks of orientation or whatever. As I've heard MedSurg and ICU nursing can be so, so different. I've also heard that many prefer to orient new grads than those with medsurg experience because of "bad" habits they learned in medsurg.
So.[FONT="Arial Black"].My question is, when I finish my ADN, should I just not work as an RN while getting my BSN? I see all of these internships are only for new grads.
I don't believe it is fair or smart that all of these internships accept only BSN grads, when being a BSN grad is not a determining factor of how good of a nurse you will be compared to an ADN grad. It depends on the person.
I can find an ICU job with a 3-4 month orientation, but I wonder if this is long enough to feel comfortable in ICU.
If I worked medsurg first, then transferred to ICU with hardly any orientation at all, if any...this would be even worse, right? Medsurg and ICU are so different.
I guess I don't need a 12+ month internship/residency anyways.
Last edit by SLH16 on Nov 14, '11
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