Traditional BSN vs. ADN to BSN

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    Hi all,

    I'm 26 and currently at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis. I have thought about just applying to this program and getting my ADN, however I would like to keep my options open for Grad School to possibly get my NP. So my current dilemma is do I stick with Ivy Tech get my ADN and then transition over to get my BSN later while I'm working? Go ahead and apply to get my BSN on a traditional track? or I do have the option to do an accelerated program, however this may not be a possibility since my GPA from my first degree is only a 2.6

    The reason I am asking this is that I have heard that getting your ADN and then your BSN puts you at a disadvantage...and that these nurses are not as successful in the long run. I'm just trying to put myself on the best track for success and I would love the advice.
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    I've just graduated from Ivy Tech Indianapolis! I worked as a PCI with IU Health for a year while finishing school, and am anticipating an offer for a job on a med-surg floor I LOVE! Here's the dealio. Starting Jan 2013, IU Health will begin hiring BSN's over ADN nurses. And if you are able to get on as a nurse with an ADN, you have to sign a contract saying within 5 years you will earn your BSN otherwise they have a right to pretty much fire you. But that's just IU Health In my opinion, it was way more worth it to go for my ADN and maybe someday go back for my BSN AND have IU Health give me a small compensation! Plus, if you graduate with a GPA of I believe 3.4 or higher from Ivy Tech-IUPUI will give you a $1500 credit/semester!!! I graduated debt-free and plan on staying that way for quite some time til I can afford more school or a house! Best of luck to you and whatever you decide!
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    Hi all,

    I'm 26 and currently at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis. I have thought about just applying to this program and getting my ADN, however I would like to keep my options open for Grad School to possibly get my NP. So my current dilemma is do I stick with Ivy Tech get my ADN and then transition over to get my BSN later while I'm working? Go ahead and apply to get my BSN on a traditional track? or I do have the option to do an accelerated program, however this may not be a possibility since my GPA from my first degree is only a 2.6

    The reason I am asking this is that I have heard that getting your ADN and then your BSN puts you at a disadvantage...and that these nurses are not as successful in the long run. I'm just trying to put myself on the best track for success and I would love the advice.
    *** I don't know what you should do. However I can tell you that what you heard about RN to BSNs being less successful in the long run is 100% false. I have been in nursing for 18 years and never seen or even heard of any discrimination what-so-ever of RN to BSN nurses. I have known plenty of DONs, chief nursing officers, nurse managers, NP, CRNAs, CNMWs, clinical specialists, professors of nursing and others who all go their start as ADN RNs.
    Actually until recently it was kind of the oppisit. The ADN to RN had a significant advantage over the regular BSN grad. Currently some hospitals prefer to hire new grads with BSNs and discriminate aginst ADN grads. However once you have that first job and complete your BSN it will never matter again.


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