Do I want an RN or BSN?

  1. 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 or 4 semesters and get my BSN. What are the advantages of getting your BSN vs RN? I'm hoping to eventually end up in the PICU or NICU. Any information you can give me would be appriciated.
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  3. by   Carleigh
    First of all an RN is an RN whether you graduated from an associate's program, a diploma program or have your bachelor's. Each of those take the NCLEX-RN. The advantages of a BSN are greater opportunities for advancement and specialization. I am currently in a program that is a 2 yr. diploma program since I already have a Bachelor's in another field. I could have applied for an acclerated program but it was very expensive and too many prerequisites were required before I could even begin. I am very happy with the school and it has an excellent reputation. Having said that, if I were younger and had the funds I would pursue the Bachelor's. Not because it will make you a better nurse necessarily but because of the increased opportunities. Good luck!
  4. by   renerian
    The market if you want to promote or be in management in most instances desire a BS or BSN. I would go for it.

    renerian
  5. by   fergus51
    I would suggest the BSN if you are in a situation now that you can afford to do it. It is faster and easier to do it all at once. It is a good thing to have if you ever want to get your Masters and become a teacher or nurse practitioner or go into management.

    If it isn't affordable right now you can take courses part time once you have finished your ASN, but it is a longer process since many of the ASN courses don't transfer to BSN programs.
  6. by   Jennerizer
    Here...this page might be helpful...

    http://www.allnursingschools.com/faqs/programs.php

    Jen
  7. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by hope2banurse
    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 or 4 semesters and get my BSN. What are the advantages of getting your BSN vs RN? I'm hoping to eventually end up in the PICU or NICU. Any information you can give me would be appriciated.

  8. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    I am in the same boat as you. I will be starting Nursing School In August 03 and I am going to be registered in the BSN program. I have been told that this is the better of the two (ASN vs. BSN)

    Pookie
  9. by   sbic56
    ohoh...it's deja vu all over again.
  10. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by FutureRN~Pookie
    I am in the same boat as you. I will be starting Nursing School In August 03 and I am going to be registered in the BSN program. I have been told that this is the better of the two (ASN vs. BSN)

    Pookie
    Be careful who you talk to.......this is a scary subject.
  11. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    I hope I didn't offend you or anyone else. That is just what I have been told. What is your opinion on the subject, MishlB? Hope to see your reply soon.

    Pookie
  12. by   MishlB
    Originally posted by FutureRN~Pookie
    I hope I didn't offend you or anyone else. That is just what I have been told. What is your opinion on the subject, MishlB? Hope to see your reply soon.

    Pookie
    Not offended at all! This is just a very touchy subject around here. One is not better than another, just depends on what your future plans are, I guess. 4 years (sometimes 5 with gen eds) is a long time to sit in school and learn about textbook cases, but the degree is nice. Do what is best for you!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. 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
  14. by   fourbirds4me
    I chose the BSN because in reality (for me) it would have taken me the same amount of time to finish my ASN as BSN. Neither program let you take prereques concurrently so with the few classes I already had under my belt it would have taken 3 years either way.

    I love that I will have my BSN because I hope to pursue a masters degree but if the ASN would have been shorter... I would probably have went that way.

    Good luck with your decision.

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