Quote from briga
Larry - ... Are you saying that an ADN program, coupled with my current BS, may be more advantageous than a BSN? ALSO - is the BSN required to later apply to a CRNA program? Or, just to work in ICU, as I've heard?...
Briga -- Think the strength of our respective degrees is situational, and dependent on a host of factors. (Huge topic, but will keep it short.) For instance, in my opinion, your BS coupled with an ADN would be much more valuable to an employer than a BSN, if the position you sought involved informatics or a similar work environment (case management, etc.). More and more, I see nursing gravitate towards other disciplines -- other sciences, business, etc. All these different areas of expertise help to broaden and uplift the horizons of nursing... IMHO, expanding points-of-view create stronger nurses and enhance professionalism.
Don't know the requirements for CRNA programs.
I'm in the midst of switching to the ICU (at a tech level) where I hope to remain after graduation in a couple of years. And everyone I've discussed this with (experienced nurses) has indicated that my BS in engineering and masters in management will be a fantastic background for a spot there. So... a BSN isn't a mandatory criteria for the ICU.
Generally, I'd advise someone who already has a BS to not get another one. Instead, go the ADN route, get a job, then let the facility pay for the MSN.