Tell me why BSN now? - page 4

...............as opposed to later, after you become an RN through an ADN program? I was looking to go ADN and then do the employer paid route to BSN. I have seen posts from many experienced nurses... Read More

  1. by   galaxy781
    Quote from rebeccainlv
    In Las Vegas, ADN and BSN staff nurses do not get paid differently. The difference comes when the BSN goes on to charge nurse, etc.

    I'm finishing my third year for BSN. I went this route because it only will be taking me an extra 2 semesters to finish BSN vs ADN. BSN requires inorganic and organic chemistry, upper level psychology, statistics, critical thinking and some other general ed classes at the 300/400 level. If you start at the very beginning, for BSN it would take 4-5 years. For ADN it takes 3-4 years. This counts starting with basic biology and English 101. BSN also usually requires a 3.0 GPA in nursing prereqs. ADN requires 2.0 and some of the prereqs can be taken while in the nursing program. BSN needs to have all of the prereqs completed before acceptance.

    As for the programs, I have a friend in an ADN program. Her program started clinicals in long term care doing basic aide type skills. My program started in med surg doing aide stuff, med administration, etc. I'm in second semester doing pediatrics, ER, ICU, step down, etc. She's third semester and just now doing pediatrics and OB and hasn't stepped in an ER yet. My BSN program does emphasize critical thinking, theory, management, research, physiology and pharmacology. Those are difficult concepts but are worth the time to understand because it makes nursing easier. The local ADN program doesn't seem to emphasize the critical thinking and in depth theory. They emphasize skills, but what is the point of knowing how to do skills but not know exactly why you are doing them? That is the big difference that I see between the BSN and ADN programs locally.

    I'm a 32 year old single mom, I've taken off almost 3 years from work to finish my BSN. I know it will be worth it when I finish next May. I plan on starting my MSN in nursing education or community education after I graduate and get my 1 year experience. I don't see myself doing bedside for very long.

    As for jobs that require MSN...my boyfriend has a Masters in Public Health from a very prestigious university. He has been working for a company doing healthcare analysis, quality improvement, HEDIS, etc for 10 years. He has applied for jobs that are exactly what he is doing now and he has been turned down because he doesn't have a BSN or MSN. Locally, if jobs say they want BSN or MSN, they won't hire anyone with any other degree no matter what the experience is. It used to be that ADNs could do charge and other admin type jobs. Seems to be getting away from that as more BSNs are coming around.

    Overall, figure out what time you can take to get your degree. If you can swing the time for the BSN, go for it now. I had to retake several science classes because they were too 'old'. Time and money down the drain right there. I started out premed and then went in the military and the classes got old. Best bet is to just get it done as fast as you can. I haven't worked during school and it has been great to have the time to take care of my daughter and be able to study when I need to. My focus is school and doing the best I can do. It's worth it.

    Good luck in your decision.
    I agree, no matter what any one says ADN/BSN no knowledge is EVER wasted!!!!! Go for the BSN! as for ADN programs "being better at preparing you" as someone said in an earlier post...i dont know how anyone can make that generalization unless they have actually attended every ADN or BSN program...besides might as well do it now and get it out of the way, that way if you want the option for prof. growth after a year or so of experience a BSN can offer you that and you wont have to worry about going back! Good Luck!

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