I Just Graduated--I won't be going back!

  1. I just graduated from a very tough ADN program, and the instructors, even at the pinning, were telling us how we need to advance our education. Hogwash!

    Surely, I will get nationally certified (CCRN, RNC or something). Surely, I will do continuing education and read nursing magazines and books (I do that now). But I will never go back to school. Not for a BSN, not ever. I have a B.Sc. in Liberal Arts where I specialized in psychology and sociology. In addition, I also took loads of literature and English classes. I think that degree and my ADN make me a very educated person. I will not jump though another educational hoop because academians think I should.

    In fact, I've already been hired, and I haven't even passed NCLEX yet--at the hospital and floor that is my very first choice no less! (an ICU step-down cardiology floor at a large county hospital). No one can tell me I need a BSN. What I need is to be a staff nurse until I'm 70. I need to write books about monistic nursing, and I need to learn to paint dog portraits and seascapes really well, so I can supplement my social security income when I leave nursing. But a BSN? Homey don't play that.

    The Monist
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  2. 50 Comments

  3. by   Jenny C
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Congrats on Graduating! I think the problem is less and less people are going on for further degrees to teach. I know at my ADN program there is a waiting list because there simply are not enough Nurses with a higher degree to teach. On top of that, the shortage, burnout, and retirement. In my entrance interview, they were practically begging me to go on for a Master's to teach. Congrats again!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    hooboy here we go again.

    by the way, congratulations on your graduation!!!
  5. by   RNKITTY04
    Ditto Monist.
  6. by   fergus51
    Sigh... Congrats on graduating...

    I hope you don't mean this to be as insulting as it sounds...
  7. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from fergus51
    Sigh... Congrats on graduating...

    I hope you don't mean this to be as insulting as it sounds...
    Meh, ditto that.

    Congratulations on graduating, at any rate.
  8. by   zenman
    Dang it! I'm not going back to school either...I think.
  9. by   traumaRUs
    Congrats on graduating. I'm hoping you're just blowing off steam! Believe me, sweetie - it is one very rare person who can do staff nursing until they are 70!!! Options come to those with a degree. Good luck and have fun!
  10. by   rollingstone
    Congratulations on your degrees. The world is your oyster.
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    Monist=====never. Never Say Never---my Neice Said That And She Is Now Finishing Up Her Masters
  12. by   Jailhouse RN
    I said that too........then went back and hold a second degree........That attitude will take you nowhere......and life goes on.
  13. by   Jailhouse RN
    That attitude will take you no where. I too said I would never go back and lo and behold I went back and now hold a second degree. Go figure.
  14. by   Jen2
    Monist

    I know how you feel. The dean of our nursing program came in a few months ago and stressed that she didn't want us to get ONLY our ADN and not ONLY our BSN, but she wanted each and every one of us to go on to get our masters. Bull pucky! If we all got our masters who would be bedside nurses? I am going to nursing school to be a bedside nurse, not for money or prestige, or the highest degree. Although I probably will finish with a BSN, however, I have no desire what so ever to get a masters.

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