I have had my ADN for almost 15 years now and it has not held me back so far. I have held a supervisor position, was on a specialty transport team, worked trauma, neuro, ICU, CCU, med/surg, telemetry, worked casual with an air ambulance company, was a CPR instructor trainer and an ACLS instructor, traveled as a nurse, got some wonderful experience in geriatrics and community mental health and have gotten every position so far that I wanted. Where I am working now to get to the higher paychecks on the career ladder I would have to further my education but I can reach a clin3 with an associate degree. I think I would enjoy being a nursing instructor so eventually I will go back to school for my masters. I love bedside nursing, working with the new nurses as they become comfortable being a nurse, teaching patients and their families, and having a life outside of my career. I have only approached areas I have a passion for as far as committees go and when I become bored with a job I just move on to something new and exciting. With my experience in nursing at this point, 6 weeks orientation is just like taking a class on a new subject. I already have the basic nursing skills so I learn a new subject and a new work arena and off I go, happy as can be.
Nope it was not all peaches and cream, I have been 'chewed on' by the best that eat their young and old, gone head to head with evil attitude docs, cried myself to sleep many nights, and was grudgingly accepted by a few units staffed with attack nurses. Started at a few positions and decided that the unit attitude would never fit me and left prior to my 90 days or transferred to another unit.