This is my first posting on this,or any forum for that matter, so please bear with me while reading my novella. Ok, here's my dilemma, I am about to graduate from NCSU in December with two BS degrees, one in accounting, and the other in business management. However, I have always wanted to be a nurse, even before pursuing those degrees, and I only decided against it because of the (lack of) money. Now that I have decided that money can't buy you happiness (though it can provide a VERY nice down payment
), I would like to pursue a career in nursing.
Now, my problem is that many of my relatives see little point in my pursuing the ADN instead of the BSN. They refuse to believe that since I have absolutely NO interest in advancing into management or research, the ADN would probably be the best route for me. Based on my research, it seems that the more credentials you earn, the more of a chance that you'll get farther away from the hands-on patient care, which is what I would be most interested in. Even if I did decide to advance, it would be as a practitioner, and I have noticed that RN-MSN programs exist where I could earn a BSN and MSN simultaneously, should I decide to move away from being a staff nurse. I have also considered the accelerated BSN programs, but I would have to work while earning a nursing degree, so the expense in terms of time (away from a steady income) and money wasn't worth it for me to enroll in one of those.
Also, this is addressed mainly to NC nurses, though I appreciate all responses: My sister, in particular, does not believe that there is NOT always a [significant] pay difference between new BSN graduates and ADN graduates as staff nurses (in NC). She also refuses to believe that hospitals don't ALWAYS, under every circumstance, prefer BSN graduates to ADN graduates.
I'm soooooooooo sorry to be soooooooooo long-winded (it looks awfully long on this little screen here), but I really wanted help "proving my case", so to speak. (For all those out there thinking I should just go on w/o having to prove things to anyone; I'm the baby girl by 10 years, so I'm not "allowed" to make any moves that I can't back up!)
One more thing, I have read a couple of the ADN vs BSN discussions, and I promise, I'm not trying to start trouble, or resurrect that debate! I just want advice on my particular situation.
Thanks so much for any responses!