ADN students that already hold a bachelor's

  1. If you already hold a bachelor's and are working to become an RN, are you concerned about getting hired without a BSN?

    What are your plans going forward in your nursing studies?

    I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   LauraLou
    I have a bachelor's and a master's in another field. I had planned to enter a BSN program but that would have required several semesters of Texas history and government and I didn't want to waste the time. I have just finished my 1st semester of an ADN program.

    It is a little strange to be getting an ADN after already having a BA and MS, but it is the quickest way to reach my goal of becoming an RN.

    I am not worried about getting hired w/o a BSN because there is such a demand for nurses in my area. After getting a year or two of experience, I plan to enter a RN-to-MSN program.
  4. by   rainbows4me
    I have a Bachelor's degree in another field and am just finishing my ADN THIS WEEK!!!! I had absolutely no problem getting a job - in fact my other degree was part of the reason I was hired into my highly competitive specialty area. (I was hired over many BSN grads who also applied ). I also looked into the 2nd Bachelor programs prior to starting the ADN program and realized that it was way too much stress and that I wouldn't need it (BSN) to enter a master's program anyways. Good luck to you!!

    Rainbows
  5. by   SirJohnny
    Agent:

    - I currently hold BS-Applied Math, BS-Comp Sci, and MS-Comp Sci. Yes, 8 yrs of college.

    - I just spent the last year wrapping up my remaining pre-reqs (A&P101, A&P 102, and MICRO). Will start ADN program in Syracuse, NY in 4 weeks -- can't wait.

    - Am I worried about getting a job as RN with only an ADN? Nope. BSN does not appear to be a job requirement for hospital nursing (ICU, M/S, etc).

    - It was also pointed out on the CRNA board, that some CRNA schools waive the BSN requirement if you already have a BS in another field.

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    - With that in mind. Here is my gameplan (as of May 2004).

    - Get through ASN in nursing. Will probably seek hospital type job this time next year (after 1st year of ASN program completed).

    - Upon graduation - either continue for BSN, or pickup additional chemistry/physics/etc courses that make me look more attractive to CRNA programs. Will probably spend 2 or 3 yrs working in ICU - so will continue to go to school. All depends on what CRNA schools say.

    - If I am burned out/etc from school. I may just jump into the travel nurse game. Right now, that really appeals to me. But again, as a new student, keeping this option open.

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    - Bottom line. Yes, I am trading in a US$100K/yr programming job/career for nursing. Am bloody sick and tired of being stuck in a cubicle - with a worthless boss and company - living in Evansville, Indiana with only 3 weeks vacation a year (can only take 1 or 2 days at a time).

    - Thought I could do the contractor thing in the Comp. Sci field - but wages are so depressed (H1B, dot-com crash, offshoring, etc.) that it's not worth it. After 4 layoffs and 2 cross-country moves in past 3 yrs - the heck with the comp. sci. field. I want to do something more meaningful with my life. And that's the bottom line - my happiness.

    - This is why the travel nurse or independent nurse thing appeals to me. No boss -- or at most only have to put up with for 13 weeks or so.

    - And yes, my disgust with current situation (job) is a major motivator.

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    - Sorry for the long rant. Been here all night hacking on code.

    Gotta run,

    John Coxey
    Evansville (get me outta here!!!!!!), Indiana
  6. by   bionurse
    I have a BS in Biology already. I also thought about getting a BSN. I decided against it because like a previous member stated, "There are too many history/government classes to take." I feel it is a waste of time. I will starting the ADN program Fall 2004. Upon graduation, I pan to work in the area of critical care. I ultimately plan to get a Master's degree in Nursing Anesthesia.
  7. by   TLC RN
    [QUOTE=John Coxey]
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    - Bottom line. Yes, I am trading in a US$100K/yr programming job/career for nursing. Am bloody sick and tired of being stuck in a cubicle - with a worthless boss and company - living in Evansville, Indiana with only 3 weeks vacation a year (can only take 1 or 2 days at a time).

    - Thought I could do the contractor thing in the Comp. Sci field - but wages are so depressed (H1B, dot-com crash, offshoring, etc.) that it's not worth it. After 4 layoffs and 2 cross-country moves in past 3 yrs - the heck with the comp. sci. field. I want to do something more meaningful with my life. And that's the bottom line - my happiness.

    - This is why the travel nurse or independent nurse thing appeals to me. No boss -- or at most only have to put up with for 13 weeks or so.

    - And yes, my disgust with current situation (job) is a major motivator.

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    John-

    Can I use this when I submit my letter of resignation later this year when I start school? :chuckle
  8. by   SirJohnny
    Tooty:

    - Wow!!! You're actually going to give notice? I was just going to hang a sign in the door.

    - Seriously, it's getting rather rediculous here. Got my butt chewed out big-time (remember I've been at the game for 8 yrs already) because I took time off to prepare for Microbiology finals. Had an extremely difficult professor for Micro - got my A - but had to really bust butt off for it.

    - In the meantime, company gives no $$ or no time-off for school. So I took an emergency sick day. Company went completely off the deep-end. Doesn't matter that project came in 2 days early or that I was here (on my own time) the past 2 weekends cleaning up code/etc.

    - No, we won't get any comp. time - will just get yelled out this Friday when I leave at 2PM for Missouri (going trout fishing). Yell at me even more, and I'll leave at noon. Good luck getting Java programmers to relocate to Evansville (where the hell's that?), Indiana.

    Gotta run, the moron boss is yelling.

    John Coxey
    Evansville, Indiana
    Last edit by SirJohnny on May 17, '04
  9. by   rjflyn
    If i already had a BS degree of some type I would find one of the new excellerated BSN programs. DO a search some are as short as 13 months and as long as 18 or so.

    Rj
  10. by   rainbows4me
    Quote from rjflyn
    If i already had a BS degree of some type I would find one of the new excellerated BSN programs. DO a search some are as short as 13 months and as long as 18 or so.

    Rj
    Except I did that - and when they say accelerated, they mean don't-have-a-life-or-family-or-even-a-pet-because-they-own-your-butt kind of accelerated. No thank you. I did the ADN and I actually feel *qualified* to work as a RN. Many of the 2nd bachelor accelerated BSN students can't say the same - and neither can the staff nurses who worked with them on the floors. Just my opinion - and like I said earlier - you don't need a BSN to go on anyway...

    Rainbows
  11. by   angel337
    i talked with a HR friend about this issue recently and he told me if a nurse already has a bs in another field and applies for a job that requires a bsn, that nurse has just a much of chance of getting the position as a nurse with the bsn. he says as long as you have a bachelors it really doesn't matter the only say that to narrow down candidates. having other degrees before your adn just shows that you are an ambitious person and have an interest to expand your knowledge.
  12. by   truern
    "If i already had a BS degree of some type I would find one of the new excellerated BSN programs. DO a search some are as short as 13 months and as long as 18 or so."

    A dear friend dropped out of our ADN program to begin an accelerated BSN program. She was in tears last week and feeling totally overwhelmed at the amount of material and skills she was expected to learn in a week

    I like myself too much to subject myself to that much stress....this ADN program suits me just fine, thank you very much
  13. by   Megsd
    Quote from angel337
    i talked with a HR friend about this issue recently and he told me if a nurse already has a bs in another field and applies for a job that requires a bsn, that nurse has just a much of chance of getting the position as a nurse with the bsn. he says as long as you have a bachelors it really doesn't matter the only say that to narrow down candidates. having other degrees before your adn just shows that you are an ambitious person and have an interest to expand your knowledge.
    That's great news! I've almost got a BA in Spanish and am debating the BSN/ADN issue. This is another piece of info to add into my decision-making process!

    Meghan
  14. by   kimtab
    I just graduated Thursday with an ADN and I had a job offer on Friday. Finding a job with an ADN isn't a problem. Nursing administration might be a different issue but if you want to be on the floor working with patients they will be happy to take you with your ADN.

    Kim

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