Why do Nurses tell students to go BSN??

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    I know this has been discussed before but my situation is a bit different. Quick back-story:
    • Wanted to do ADN '12 but CC lost paperwork so that was on hold
    • Applied and got into BSN Spring '13 while waiting on CC
    • Applied for CC summer '13 and got acceptance on Tuesday and clinicals start January
    • I asked a few RNs which to choose and they all say BSN


    Our hospital has no preference or pay diff but I get that maybe they want me to get the BSN now vs RN then BSN because life throws curve-balls. Well life threw me one and that's why I applied for the CC...

    Im 25, married, mortgage, and mom will have to come live with us until she can work so I have to cover her bills... so I wont be able to afford my BSN.

    But why are RNs advising me to get into debt for school despite knowing my acceptance to a good school? (hospital has partnership with them). Im not in a BSN preferred area either and my hospital will pay 100% RN-BSN.

    Am I missing something?
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    1) You won't always live in a "BSN not preferred" area
    2) They know something you don't-- and some of those hospitals will be changing their minds soon
    3) The program where they will pay RN-BSN is there now...but may not be there later
    3a) What kind of obligation to remain working there will you have? That might not work out later for you, and you'll have to pay them back...and you can't take out a lower-interest student loan for it at that point
    4) It's hard enough to go to school while working, much harder in the first year of practice when you'll probably be working shifts
    5) I don't see one word about your having applied for financial aid or grants
    6) You think you've got lots of time. Trust me. The years fly by. Don't put it off. Get it done while your mom is there to help with the kids.
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    For us, it is the only way to a RN so the nurses I work with are encouraging me to got BSN after I finish getting my Practical nursing programme.

    Just for the record, if they offered BSN here I would probably be in that right now.
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    Thanks for your reply and outlook.
    • No kids lol
    • There is a one year obligation to work after they pay the RN-BSN portion
    • I plan on going CC ADN then RN-BSN at my current University whether my job pays or not because it would be more affordable vs doing the straight BSN now

    I did apply for FAFSA and I just spoke with CC this morning and found out that they will be offering me a $650 grant/semester for the RN program so with tuition reimbursement of another $600/semester, I only have to pay for about $200-$300 out of pocket every semester whereas my current BSN program offers nothing.

    Thank you so much for your insight... It gives me a lot to think about

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    If it was more affordable I would not second-guess it at all but with mom in the mix, I cannot afford to take out 30K debt for a 4-yr BSN when I can do ADN then RN-BSN at half the cost and would be manageable to pay OOP

    I guess I just dont see the benefit of my 4-yr program after all these changes but I could be wrong

    Maybe I should have been more specific and say that I will not be able to afford my current BSN program; not that I wont ever do one... I will bridge
    Last edit by besaangel on Sep 6, '13 : Reason: Addition
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    Only 30K for a BSN....and you don't have kids. Does your husband/wife work & contribute to the bills? Does your mom help around the house? In my opinion if its only 30K, and you have support like this and no kids, you need to GO FOR IT. BSN will soon become the standard, it opens doors for you to get certifications and go to grad school. It's not always about the money. Things are changing, they will NOT stay the same!!! Lock in a BSN NOW before more "curveballs" get thrown your way. You'll be much better equipped to handle them with more education instead of less!
    mom2cka, KelRN215, lindarn, and 7 others like this.
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    Great observation... Mom comes this December. Hubby works and helps with the bills, yes but with mom coming, it will not be enough for all 3 of us.

    Degree is only 36K because I did an Associates that covered my pre-reqs but I guess I keep thinking that it isnt financially smart to do so when I could do CC ADN for 7K and then RN-BSN for 12k... My RN friend that suggested staying in my BSN program said she dreads me getting prego after ADN and never going through to my MSN but I'd rather that "accidentally" happen in a cheaper program than in my BSN lol... Thats also not factoring my NP program which I'd rather use loans for (that Im aiming for)

    I truly appreciate your advice, guys... Something to think about
    Last edit by besaangel on Sep 6, '13 : Reason: eh
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    Let me clarify, I AM going to get my BSN; I just want to do my ADN first because I think it makes more sense for our family... My topic should have read "Why Nurses say go for BSN vs ADN first"... Sorry if I caused any confusion
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    We had a talk from our Chief Nursing Officer recently in which she noted that the Magnet standard would be moving and that we were aiming for 80% BSN among our RNs (we're currently at about 64%). Then she said, "Because research has shown that patients experience better outcomes having received care from a predominantly BSN prepared nursing staff".

    I thought this was interesting. I am not pointing it out to start a fight, I haven't followed up on it, if it's true, it's reason enough.
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    Interesting, indeed... I have done my due diligence and made myself a timeline; which is how I came up with my decision...

    1. ADN-BSN (CC graduate in 2015 and graduate BSN in 2016)
    2. BSN graduate in 2016

    So for me its the same thing but the 4yr BSN program will cost 15k-20k more vs the other and thats where I dont quite get it... Im not slow; I promise
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