Thinking about nursing school...

  1. Hi! I have my Associates degree in liberal arts and am thinking about going to nursing school...should I get my BSN or ASN? Also, I have NO nursing experience. I have worked in a dental office as a dental assistant and office manager. Does it matter that I have no nursing experience prior to school? Is it really cruel out in the "nursing world"? Any suggestions, comments....I would greatly appreciate them. Thanks
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  3. by   berry
    I would go for a BSN just for the doors it will open down the road. I am in a BSN program right now and one of my classes is research. It is the first class I have taken w/ teh RN to BSN students and from talking to them the wish the had just gotton one to start w/ the common agreement from them is that it is harder to go back a 2nd time. I also had no prior work in the med field but the ease you into it. I dont know about the program you are looking at but mine has you do i clinical day the first semester then 16 hrs a week every semster after that, and they own 3 hospitals that you can work in a floating student pool after the first clinical semster.
  4. by   kellyjrn
    Hi there Gracie! I think it is great that you are considering nursing school. I personally got an Associate's degree, and may eventually go back for my Bachelor's, but feel it is a personal decision. The people I know who originally started with a BSN felt they didn't get as much clinical experience as I did. Also, if you are planning to remain a staff or charge nurse and not go into administration, you really don't need the BSN. It is easy nowadays to go back and get the BSN later if you still feel you want it - you can even do it over the internet. You asked if it is really that bad out there in the real world of nursing, and I have to say, when I was a student, the nurses do "eat their young". They chew you up and spit you out. Very unfortunate, but this does happen. The only thing that kept me going was knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there are a few nurses out there who like having students and are kind to you. Also, remember those that treat you poorly since nursing is a small world, you eventually get a chance to pay them back at some point i.e. you end up working with them and gee you can't find it in your heart to work that vacation day they need so badly. All in all, I feel it is worth it though and love my job!! Also, I started out with NO experience and did just fine. You learn what you need in school! Take care, I hope this helps!!
  5. by   shyviolet78
    Since you have an Associate's in Liberal Arts, you may already have most or all of the "extra" pre-req's that the BSN requires, such as history, gov, fine arts elective, and so on. If this is the case, it would probably take the same amount of time for BSN or ADN. I think the BSN opens more doors, because you can return to grad school, for example. Also, in my area, the BSN programs have shorter waiting lists, so you might check out this situation with the schools you are considering.

    I have friends who went through nursing school having never previously worked in the healthcare field before. It wasn't a problem for them. However, the ADN at the community college I attend is so hard to get into, they give students who currently work in hospitals/doctors offices extra consideration in admissions. I just got a job as a Unit Tech in a CCU. My reasoning for this is two-fold: 1-I want to gain practical experience and 2-I have to work and the hospital shifts provide the most flexible scheduling (I'll only be working 3 days a week-32 hrs, but am considered full-time). Plus working at the hospital, I get 100% tuition reimbursement for up to 3 classes per semester.

    BSN and ADN each have their pros/cons. I personally chose BSN, so I'm probably preferential to it. But, for many, ADN is the best choice to fit lifestyle, goals, finances, etc. Hope this helps!

    Valerie

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