In my research about becomming a nurse, one question continues to come up unanswered: should I become a RN and then brach up to BSN later if needed, or should I become a BSN directly? Is one better? If so, why?
Thank you for your help, it will come in handy as I have to choose what kind of nursing program I want soon.
Aug 21, '99
Currently there are a few ways to become an RN. I am currently a student in my final year of a BSN program. The BSN track takes 4 years (2 yrs of prereqs + 2 years of of nursing classes & clinicals). It all depends on the amount of time that you have to commit to a program. There is also an associates degree in nursing (ADN) that is a two year program. The ADN program requires 2 years of prereqs also, so it is actually a 4 year program in disguise. From this bulletin board I have heard that there is also a diploma program that takes 3 years (don't quote me on that), but I do not know how that program is set up. Basically when you graduate from one of these programs, you then apply to take the NCLEX and once you pass, you're a RN. So like i was saying earlier, it depends on what kind of time you have to commit and if you plan to get another degree in nursing (Masters, PhD) then you are required to have a BSN. I love my program, but you should research all of the available programs that you are interested in. I wouldn't say that any of these programs are superior to another, because they basically all take you to the same place. Good luck and if you need any other info feel free to email me.
Aug 21, '99
Check out the MULTIPLE responses to virtually the same question under "nurse diploma" started by sakeena (I think). I don't really think there IS an answer to your question, either way! Good luck whatever you decide.
Aug 22, '99
I am very partial to the BSN program, as that is the route I choose for my primany program. Many other nurses I spoke with suggested getting my BSN right away while I was still single without a family--I have to agree it was much easier. I can't imagine how I could do it now, with a family and working full time, (I'm sure many have done it though--it just takes longer) I feel having a BSN prepares you more for the future of nursing. Our program focused particularly on many of the community aspects of nursing. It taught us great critical thinking skills. I feel the future of nuring is going more out in the community and focusing on preventative care .Good luck with your decision what ever path you may choose.
Aug 23, '99
If you have the time and energy I think you should go for your BSN. I think it is hard to go back to school unless you are highly motivated. Use the motivation you have now and get the process completed.
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