A lot of it depends on the individual facility. The two hospitals I work for used to hire ADNs, but in the past year, have changed their policy and now only hire BSN-prepared nurses. A lot of hospitals are moving in that direction.
what parts of the country are hiring adn's? I'm from upstate ny and am currently going into my second semester of an adn program but I also have a bachelors degree in another field.
My best suggestion to you would be to research prospects where you live and the surrounding areas. If necessary, decide for yourself whether or not you're willing to relocate and where to. If you absolutely have to stay put, consider doing something while you're in school that will make you a more attractive candidate to a prospective employer.
I am 22 years old, live in Maryland, and I just graduated with my ADN December 14 2012 and had 2 job offers before I even graduated (med-surg/ortho and ER). I chose ER and feel really lucky considering most new ADN's do not get specialty areas like the ER. I started orientation on the 14th of January and take the nclex in 4 days. I was smart and got a job as a tech there for a year at the same hospital before graduating to get my "foot in the door" and that seems to be the way to go. I was in a class of 40 and everyone who had a job as a tech (about 14 people) have jobs. The rest do not have any offers yet. The hospital I work at now however is requiring that by 2018 everyone have their BSN and many, many employees there will have to go back to school. I am trying to get into University of Maryland's BSN program now because in my opinion in a couple of years, schools will be swamped with applications at the last minute, not everyone will get in, and some people will lose their jobs because they don't have their BSN in the required time. Overall, getting a job as a tech or especially a nurse extern is the way to go. I have a twin sister who will graduate this semester from the same ADN program and she has a guaranteed job at Hopkins due to having an externship there. If you wanted to look into hospitals in Maryland, John's Hopkins Bayview, Mercy Medical Center, and University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center has been hiring new grads with no previous experience.
I think rturc1 has provided a great first-hand summary of the current hiring climate. In the US, there have been several very well known studies that have supported the value of having a more highly educated nursing workforce - in terms of quality and patient safety. This was a finding of the original Magnet studies a couple of decades ago but that research focused on identifying workplace characteristics that kept nurses happy and prevented turnover. Magnet requirements are for 80% BSN nursing staff. This staffing mix has been validated in more recent studies. As a result, the IOM has also recommended the same staffing mix (recommendation #4). The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education - Institute of Medicine
So - even though organized nursing (an oxymoron, right?) in the US has failed to adopt BSN entry-into-practice despite decades of effort, it looks like acute care employers are actually making the change. Since "market forces" trump everything else, this situation is here to stay for sure.
I graduated with my ADN in December 2012 and had a job offer 2 weeks before I graduated. I accepted and will be starting in the PICU in February. I am also in upstate NY. This area hires ADN nurses in all three of the local hospitals. I worked as a pharmacy tech in the same hospital so I already had an in-and I think this really helped. A lot of my classmates have jobs but a lot are struggling just to get interviews. It's tough out there.