to what degree?

  1. OK, I'm sure this has been asked afew times, and I'm sorry if I am asking the same old, same old. On Thursday, I finally got down to my community college to register, when the counselor asked if I wanted assoc. or bachlor. I asked what the diffrences were in the long run, replied pay and oppertunity. So of course I said I wanted to persue bachlor. She then told me it was VERY competitive, and had to maintain a 3.8 GPA to go to the Univ. Now, in high shcool I did horrible and graduated with all D's. Granted this was a long time ago and I am alot more mature and motivated now, but I'm very nervous that I won't come close to the required GPA. What is the draw back of not have a bachlor's degree? Will I really miss out on alot of oppertunities?


    OK, I found some very informative threads on this subject in the similar threads section below! I love that feature! Anyway, the most popular response was: get your assoc. then later work towards your bsn. What does it require to go back later like that? That option would take alot of pressure off, especially with young children to care for!
    Last edit by rica75 on Jun 20, '04 : Reason: found threads on this subject!!
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  3. by   AcosmicRN
    Quote from rica75
    OK, I'm sure this has been asked afew times, and I'm sorry if I am asking the same old, same old. On Thursday, I finally got down to my community college to register, when the counselor asked if I wanted assoc. or bachlor. I asked what the diffrences were in the long run, replied pay and oppertunity. So of course I said I wanted to persue bachlor. She then told me it was VERY competitive, and had to maintain a 3.8 GPA to go to the Univ. Now, in high shcool I did horrible and graduated with all D's. Granted this was a long time ago and I am alot more mature and motivated now, but I'm very nervous that I won't come close to the required GPA. What is the draw back of not have a bachlor's degree? Will I really miss out on alot of oppertunities?


    OK, I found some very informative threads on this subject in the similar threads section below! I love that feature! Anyway, the most popular response was: get your assoc. then later work towards your bsn. What does it require to go back later like that? That option would take alot of pressure off, especially with young children to care for!
    The way the world is right now, there are three ways to become an RN. Diploma from a hospital based school, ADN, BSN. I haven't heard of any MSN programs that include the basic nursing school. The truth is, you are employed as an RN when you are employed. The truth is you are an RN when the state gives you that license.
    • Promotion potential? Advanced practice? BSN
    • Bedside nursing, staff nursing, all the things that make nursing great? ADN, diploma
    I chose an ADN for the following reasons:

    • I hate managing
    • I don't consider NPs or CRNAs to be nurses in the real sense, and I want to be a nurse.
    • I have a B.Sc. in Liberal Arts where I studied psychology, sociology, writing, literature and science to my heart's content. I'm done with school.
    • Bedside nursing, to me, is the greatest power a person can have.
    • I'm going to be 40 in September; I'm clear on what I want in life.
    But other people have their eyes set in other directions. For me, in this time of my life, I'm through trying to climb the ladder of success as the world would have it. I have found honor, glory, power, and the keys to the kingdom of God at the bedside of patients.

    That's my $0.02

    Acosmic
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I went the LPN to ADN to BSN and now MSN route. Wish that I had just done the BSN but it wasn't possible at the time. So..that said - if you go the ADN road - try to make sure that your credits are comparable to a BSN program. Saves time later on repeating classes.

    To acosmic - of course you are entitled to your opinion about advanced practice nurses. Hoowever, to be honest - there are some excellent Nurse Practitioners and CRNAs that I would be proud to work with. I'm sorry you haven't had more positive experiences. Have a nice day!

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