BS holder - ADN or Second Degree Program - Please help! - page 2

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I have been visiting this website for the last two years and this is my first thread. I hope someone out there will read it and help me:) I have a BS in Web Design and after a life changing experience I have decided to go to... Read More


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    I went to CC and got my ADN. It was time consuming and hard and I was a single mom of 3. I didnt work but spent my time studying and learning. I graduated 2 years after starting the program. Now, I am working fulltime and my employer offers tuition reimbursement. They are also going to have a local college come to the hospital for an RN to BSN program. For this program, I will go for 4 hrs one night a week and then do the rest online. Plus, work is paying for it. Could that be an option for you?
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    I had the same decision to make about six months ago - and I'm glad I chose an accelerated BSN over ADN. I talked to friends who were nurses and learned that in my area (Boston), a BSN is practically required for new grads. Life in the accelerated program is okay, but I do feel rushed at times. I would prefer a "slower" (by no means is it easier though!) pace in an ADN program. If I could do it over again, I would go to a traditional pace BSN program, best of both worlds. "Slower" pace and the BSN. Best of luck to you!
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    Thank you all for your suggestions. When I say slow pace program I do not mean to say that it will be easy. I know that nursing school is very intensive. I will have to study every minute that I have. I know ADN program is not easier. I just want to have time to spend with my kids when they come from school (from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm till they go to bed) After they go to sleep I can study. From what I understand from my research, BSN Express programs are 5 days a week from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, sometimes even longer. ADN program that I am looking into (Delaware County Community College Day Program) is 4 days a week, classes from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and clinicals from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm) which gives me sometime to spend my time. It is very hard to decide
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    If you already have a BS degree there are a lot of options out there that will allow you to bridge that to MSN. I'm in a similar boat but without the children. I simply cannot afford to spend more money on a Bachelor's degree. So i'm getting the ADN which is much cheaper for me. I can't comment about what to do with kids but I do have a job which i need and is somewhat demanding. You just have to do what's best for you. Perhaps you can lean on your husband for more support. With just me, I'm still learning to deal with all the demands.

    PS...i purchased a crock-pot which works wonders timewise!
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    I was in the same situation as you, minus the niņos, and chose the ADN. I did not want to go $35,000 in debt for another bachelors degree.
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    I chose a second degree accelerated BSN program over an ADN program. No regrets. It was hard work but during that 12 months I also got married and managed to take a 3 week trip to Scandinavia. It was hard but I had been working 2 jobs and going to night school...the accelerated program was a relative breeze after that!

    Seriously, my accelerated program took great care of me, made sure I got all my classes and the best possible clinical rotations. I'd not have traded that experience for the world and I got a great career out of it. That was 25 years ago.
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    I would check w/ the accelerated program about their schedule.. Mine was not 5 days/ week 8-5. It was usually 3, one 10 week block it was 4. It seems that a lot of programs are different, so it may help you compare if you know the schedule for you particular program.
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    SanDiegocaliRN- I just want you to know that your post made a huge difference in my life! Keep Inspiring people sister!
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