Quote from JBMmom
I went the ADN to MSN route. Everyone I spoke with told me there would be no downside to that route. Well, when I applied for a bedside position I was told that because of union rules I couldn't be hired in at the BSN rate, I would be on the ADN pay scale, the MSN didn't count (I think it was because they want magnet status which looks at BSN specifically). Unlikely that you'll find an organization as ridiculous as that one, but just cautioning you that they do exist. I haven't had a problem other than that. I agree you should go with what's going to meet your personal goals, good luck.
That's totally messed up.
The one thing I was thinking is that with a decent BSN, I could then later choose MSN programs just for the MSN and not have to be confined to considering only bridge programs. As for costs, so far, my research is that it's about the same either way I go.
BUT...one thing I was thinking is that with the BSN, I could perhaps teach CNA classes, CPR, maybe ACLS, that sort of thing as extra cash to pay for the MSN.
Thanks for your response, JB.