Do I want an RN or BSN? - page 2

Sorry, I'm new at this.... I'm currently enrolled in liberal arts and will be entering into the ASN program this fall. I'm trying to decide if I want to get my ASN or if I'd like to go an extra 3... Read More

  1. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by FutureRN~Pookie
    Ok, thanks! I just wanted to make sure I didn't offend ya! So, what do you think I should do if I want to become an RN? Like I said before, I will be registered in the BSN program. Get back to me!

    Pookie
    So I am to assume you are not an LPN, right? If that's what you are registered for, go for it.
  2. by   megmermaid
    I figure more education can never hurt. I'm currently applying for my master's (have been out of school for a year) so it made much more sense to get my BSN. I guess my advice is if you want to go back to school in the future for some kind of advanced practice then it would be a good idea to go for the Bachelor's so you don't have to do it later. Besides, more opportunities for advancement like someone mentioned, and I've heard of (very few) places that pay more for a BSN nurse...very VERY few...
    I say go for it- if you can do it
  3. by   hope2banurse
    Thanks everyone for your responses. I think I'm going to go for the BSN.
  4. by   Unequaledbeauty
    I am a little confused about what I want to do also. However, my situation is a little different from Hope2banurse's.

    I had originally decided to get my BSN.

    I didn't want to go to the community college for 2 years when I could go for the same amount of time to a 4 year college and get my BSN. (I am not knocking ADN's at all)

    Well, after a lot of tears and hardwork I got into a BSN program. I moved 4 hours away to go to a new school and everything. I was on my way... so I thought.

    I was taking 4 nursing classes and I failed 1 class with a grade of a "D". I got kicked out of the program. No probation, no nothing. First time you fail a class you are out of the program... and you have to wait a year before you can petition to get back into the program.

    Well, for the year I decided to go back to my old school and I will be graduating in May with my BA in Gerontology. Now I have to decide whether I want to move again and go back to the BSN program or if I want to stay where I am and just earn an ADN.

    I would already have a Bachelor's degree under my belt. My ultimate career goals are to go into Public Health and Disease research. After talking to the graduate school advisor she told me that I really don't have to go to nursing school to get accepted into the grad program... but on the other hand it would better my chances to get in, but more than likely I would be okay if I applied.

    I have always wanted to be a nurse and I refuse to give up on that dream. Right now I am just confused as to if I want to go or stay?
    Last edit by Unequaledbeauty on Jan 1, '03
  5. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by Unequaledbeauty

    I didn't want to go to the community college for 2 years when I could go for the same amount of time to a 4 year college and get my BSN. (I am not knocking ADN's at all)

    Well, for the year I decided to go back to my old school and I will be graduating in May with my BA in Gerontology. Now I have to decide whether I want to move again and go back to the BSN program or if I want to stay where I am and just earn an ADN.

    I would already have a Bachelor's degree under my belt. My ultimate career goals are to go into Public Health and Disease research. After talking to the graduate school advisor she told me that I really don't have to go to nursing school to get accepted into the grad program... but on the other hand it would better my chances to get in, but more than likely I would be okay if I applied.

    I have always wanted to be a nurse and I refuse to give up on that dream. Right now I am just confused as to if I want to go or stay?
    HUH????? I don't understand ANY of this? You can get BSN in 2 years where you live? Sounds like you are more concerned with your degree than whether or not you are a nurse.
  6. by   Unequaledbeauty
    I'm sorry if YOU don't understand.

    I never said that I couldn't get a BSN in two years where I lived.
    I personally wouldn't have a problem getting the BSN in the area where I live if I could get accepted into the BSN program(s) in my area. Out of 10 schools that I applied to (including 3 jr. college programs) I did not get in. Several of these schools I applied to more than once and still could not get accepted. HENCE, I said in my original post after "After a lot of tears and hardwork I got into a BSN program" Or did YOU not understand that part either. If I could get accepted into the programs in my area... there wouldn't be a need for this post now would there.

    I was able to get into the BSN program that is in another city, at another institution ,which is 4 hours away. So being that the opportunity to become a nurse was awarded to me and I wasn't going to give up on my dream and I took the opportunity that was presented to me.

    I know without a doubt that I would be able to get back into the BSN program if I petitioned. This has already been confirmed by the dean of the college yet it is still up in the air if I would be accepted into the community college program (in my area).

    If I get accepted into the community college program I would have to decide whether I want to stay in my hometown and get an ADN or if I want to move again and strive to earn the BSN.

    YOUR perspective/opinion of what I am more concerned it... is your personal perspective/opinion. That doesn't mean it is right or wrong.

    Although I don't have to justify to YOU or anyone else if I am concerned with what "degree" I want to earn... I am going to break it down so that there are not any more misunderstanding.

    Yes, I am concerned about what degree I earn because I want to ensure that I earn the degree that will ultimately assist in my earning my graduate degrees, that will ultimately assist in my process of learning on the Master & Doctoral level, and that will ultimatley assist in my career goal.

    If YOU- MishlB- are still having problems comprehending .... I will gladly explain.

    Be Blessed

    ~Unequaledbeauty~
  7. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by Unequaledbeauty
    I'm sorry if YOU don't understand.

    I never said that I couldn't get a BSN in two years where I lived.
    I personally wouldn't have a problem getting the BSN in the area where I live if I could get accepted into the BSN program(s) in my area. Out of 10 schools that I applied to (including 3 jr. college programs) I did not get in. Several of these schools I applied to more than once and still could not get accepted. HENCE, I said in my original post after "After a lot of tears and hardwork I got into a BSN program" Or did YOU not understand that part either. If I could get accepted into the programs in my area... there wouldn't be a need for this post now would there.

    I was able to get into the BSN program that is in another city, at another institution ,which is 4 hours away. So being that the opportunity to become a nurse was awarded to me and I wasn't going to give up on my dream and I took the opportunity that was presented to me.

    I know without a doubt that I would be able to get back into the BSN program if I petitioned. This has already been confirmed by the dean of the college yet it is still up in the air if I would be accepted into the community college program (in my area).

    If I get accepted into the community college program I would have to decide whether I want to stay in my hometown and get an ADN or if I want to move again and strive to earn the BSN.

    YOUR perspective/opinion of what I am more concerned it... is your personal perspective/opinion. That doesn't mean it is right or wrong.

    Although I don't have to justify to YOU or anyone else if I am concerned with what "degree" I want to earn... I am going to break it down so that there are not any more misunderstanding.

    Yes, I am concerned about what degree I earn because I want to ensure that I earn the degree that will ultimately assist in my earning my graduate degrees, that will ultimately assist in my process of learning on the Master & Doctoral level, and that will ultimatley assist in my career goal.

    If YOU- MishlB- are still having problems comprehending .... I will gladly explain.

    Be Blessed

    ~Unequaledbeauty~
    First of all, you need to check yourself...I did not understand what you were talking about...that's all. It sounded like you said you could get a BSN in the same amount of time as an ADRN. And as far as the degree, yes it sounds like that to me. Again, I was not saying you shouldn't be a nurse, whatever.....and no my opinion doesn't mean much, but it sounds like you are interested in climbing the ladder in other areas...not nursing. Damn. lighten up! I wasn't dissing you, just trying to understand your comments.
  8. by   Unequaledbeauty
    Originally posted by MishlB
    First of all, you need to check yourself...I did not understand what you were talking about...that's all. It sounded like you said you could get a BSN in the same amount of time as an ADRN. And as far as the degree, yes it sounds like that to me. Again, I was not saying you shouldn't be a nurse, whatever.....and no my opinion doesn't mean much, but it sounds like you are interested in climbing the ladder in other areas...not nursing. Damn. lighten up! I wasn't dissing you, just trying to understand your comments.

    I guess you had so much to get off of your chest that you felt the need to respond to the forum as well as send me a PM. I will not take up too much of my time typing a response publically for the entire forum to view because I have said all I needed to say in my private message to you

    But on a quick note. I don't need to check myself, ligthen up, etc... Since I began posting on this board I haven't had any problems with ANY ONE until I came across you. GO FIGURE!

    You say one thing in your public response but your private response proves my original perception of you.


    Once again I say, Be Blessed... and Happy New Year.

    ~Unequaledbeauty~
  9. by   StudentSandra
    originally posted by unequaledbeauty

    i didn't want to go to the community college for 2 years when i could go for the same amount of time to a 4 year college and get my bsn. (i am not knocking adn's at all)

    i think the statement in red above is what confused mishlb and myself as well. i'm not taking anyones side, but i read the above to say you could get either degree in the same amount of time. i know it's possible if one already has most/all the non nursing classes out of the way, but you didn't say one way or another in your original post.

    good luck with school, no matter which type program you go for.
  10. by   MishlB
    originally posted by studentsandra
    i think the statement in red above is what confused mishlb and myself as well. i'm not taking anyones side, but i read the above to say you could get either degree in the same amount of time. i know it's possible if one already has most/all the non nursing classes out of the way, but you didn't say one way or another in your original post.

    good luck with school, no matter which type program you go for.
    so, i am not the only one who didn't clearly understand the post??????? hmmm, imagine that.
    be careful if you don't understand the comments made...you may just get an ars chewing. mine still hurts..........
  11. by   Unequaledbeauty
    originally posted by studentsandra
    i think the statement in red above is what confused mishlb and myself as well. i'm not taking anyones side, but i read the above to say you could get either degree in the same amount of time. i know it's possible if one already has most/all the non nursing classes out of the way, but you didn't say one way or another in your original post.

    good luck with school, no matter which type program you go for.
    dear studentsandra,

    i would not ask or expect you to choose sides in this situation because it really is not that serious. my issue with mishlb is on a different level and is neither here nor there. thank you for expressing to me that you also did not understand my post.

    adn programs at the community college level are 2 year programs. majority of junior colleges and community colleges are referred to as a 2 year college/university. whereas larger institutions that offer 4 year degrees are referred to as a 4 year college/uniersity.

    you stated, "but i read the above to say you could get either degree in the same amount of time"

    i concur. in my original post when i stated "i didn't want to go to the community college for 2 years when i could go for the same amount of time to a 4 year college and get my bsn. (i am not knocking adn's at all)" i was stating that i did not want to attend a community college program, which is a 2 year program, and earn an adn when i could attend a "4 year college/university/institution" for the same amount of time (in which the bsn program is also a 2 year program) and earn the advanced degree (the bsn degree opposed to the adn).

    i was not asking for anyone's advice/opinion/ or looking for anyone's sympathy. others had expressed their concerns regarding which program/degree they wanted and i merely did the same.

    i have all of the pre-reqs completed and out of the way... so it wasn't an issue of having to complete those or any general education courses.

    and studentsandra you wouldn't have to worry about me chewing you out because i felt that your misunderstanding/questioning of my original post was made sincerely. thank you for wishing me luck and i wish you the same in all of your endeavors.

    sincerely,
    ~unequaledbeauty~
  12. by   MishlB
    The statement STILL makes no sense.
  13. by   camkib
    Hi guys... I really just skipped past all of the disagreements...

    I just wanted to say that when I decided to return to school for nursing I originally went looking for BSN programs as that was my goal during my first attempt at becoming an RN. But now I live in a different state and all of the BSN programs close to my home are RN to BSN, so I had to go ASN. It's going to take me three years total, but I'll actually earn two associate degrees. When I look at the fact that I'll have 2 degrees instead of one...it makes the 3 years a little more tolerable.

    When I graduate I plan on going immediately to earn my BSN...It's supposed to take a year

    When I add it all up...it's 4 years total-just like it would have been to go straight through a BSN program.

    I know this is a touchy subject for alot of students...and RN's as well. But I think that everyone must do what is best for themselves and their situations.

    Both programs give you the RN title and your only limitations are the ones you make for yourself.

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