So...what am I in for?

  1. Hello Everyone!

    This question is not in any way meant to hurt, anger, or offend anyone!

    I'm new to the board and new to nursing school...actually so new that I'm still working on my prerequisites. Anyway, I've been working full time now for 2+ years in a job that I hate...I love the people I work for and with but I can't stand the thought of possibly being stuck in a job that I hate doing for the rest of my life! Sorry...I just thought it might be good if I provided you with a little background info! So here it is... I already have a B.A. in english so I'm not going to persue my BSN...(it isn't really cost effective or time efficient right now considering I'm 25 and still want to start a family before I'm 30) so instead I'll be getting my ADN from my local Jr. College to get my RN cert. I plan to get my MSN some time afterwards on a part-time basis but my question is this...

    Do ADN RN's feel at all patronized or belittled for not being BSN RN's? What are your experiences? I'm just curios...I don't plan on changing my track but I would like to be prepared for what I will be up against! Thanks in advance for the input!

    ~Bean
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  3. by   Teshiee
    I AM AN ADN RN AND HONESTLY I CAN'T SAY I FELT ANY PATRONIZATION FROM ANYONE WHO HAS A BSN, MSN OR PHD. MANY PEOPLE SAY YOU SHOULD GET IT SOME SAY DON'T. IT IS UP TO YOU. A BSN NURSE BASICALLY CAN GO MANAGERIAL IF SHE/HE DESIRES. THE PAY RATE ISN'T THAT MUCH FOR SOME TO PURSUE IT. I WORK ALONG BSN NURSES AND THERE IS NO RIVAL ON WHO IS THE BEST. IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE IN NURSING!
  4. by   Jenny P
    The ADN, diploma, and BSN debate go on forever in the nursing community; but in the workplace of doing patient care there is little or no difference at all. I work side by side with RNs who are ADNs, diploma grads, BSNs and even a couple of MSNs. We all do the same patient care and paper work. The BSN is necessary for management positions and advancing in this profession; it is probably also necessary (as the entry level to nursing) for this profession (as a whole) to be taken seriously by other professions. But I have never seen BSNs or higher lording over ADNs or diploma nurses. I have seen some individual nurses THINK they were better than others, but that is that individuals problem; not the professions'. (And those individuals can sour a whole workplace if their peers let them).
  5. by   Hooligan
    Thanks for the input guys! I appreciate it! I didn't think there would be too much of a problem but my husband seemed to think there would be. Thanks again!
  6. by   NICU_Nurse
    Believe it or not, the only 'criticism' (and I say this VERY lightly) for pursuing an ADN rather than going straight for the BSN has been on the internet, and boards like these!!! In reality, I have always been encouraged simply for becoming a nurse, and have gotten a lot of support and advice from nurses of all educational backgrounds. The hospitals in this area are grateful for ANY nurses, and I have never had any negativity from that end. :>)

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