This has probably been discussed a million times over and I apologize for anyone who will repeat themselves but I really am in need of some guidance.
I am unsure if I should go to the 2 yr ADN prgram or try my hardest at the BSN program in which I probably only need 2 years of since I already have all my prereqs out of the way. My only obstacle is this: ADN offered through the community college offers classes for part timers like myself and people who need to work in order to support themselves. With a BSN, I am unsure how many schools
will offer evening classes. There is a good chance one might BUT then there is that chance they don't. Either way, I have tried loans and it seems very hard to get a student loan the second time around after you have already obtained a Bachelors.
Are there RNs out there with only ADNs? Did you have a problem looking for jobs? I am made to feel like it won't be good enough. All in all, experience is what counts. I know this for a fact. But having that BSN seems so much better.
Apr 23, '02
Suki, I graduated from a 3 year diploma nursing school 33 years ago and have always wanted to go back to get my BSN; but LIFE has thrown some curve balls at me and I still don't have it yet. I'm working on it now, though, so hope that I have it within the next 2 years. Susy has given you some good advice: think about where you want to be in the future and what you'd like to be doing as an RN in the future. There is no difference on the floors between what an ADN and a BSN do as staff nurses; there IS a difference in how they process their thinking-- I believe that the BSN usually has more info on what and why is happening whereas the ADN has more info on what to do when things happen(this is immediately out of school, but depending on the different programs, the BSN usually has the ability to research things more thoroughly).
Not having a BSN hasn't hindered me in what I have done professionally up to this point of my life; but I worry that I won't physically be able to do what I'm doing (I work in CV-ICU, nights by choice due to family necessity) much longer. I have taught classes to my peers, am a CCRN, and have been active in my Nursing Association and am a member of AACN also; been on task forces for my state nursing association, been a member and chair of our state pratice commission, etc., etc., etc. I am currently in the process of writing an article for a professional journal. I know the my article would be better accepted with the initials "BSN" after my name, but my vitae (sp?) will help.
I know it isn't easy to go to school and work too, I did it back when I first went to school; but it is even harder to do with family responsibilities etc. Nobody promised that life would be easy, but it's up to you to decide if this is something that you really want. Good luck.
Last edit by Jenny P on Apr 23, '02