I'm not sure if this site is for people like me, but I thought I would give it a try! I am not in nursing school just yet. I will start working on my prerequisites in the fall. I'm very excited, because I have been dreaming of becoming a nurse for a long time. I have been a stay at home mom to two little boys for the past 5 1/2 yrs. My oldest is 5 1/2 years old and my youngest is 2 1/2. I also had a little girl born prematurely at 25 wks. gestation. She only lived for two hours. I miss her every day. I got married and had kids right out of highschool, so I didn't do the whole college thing. I have noticed a lot of tension over the ADN vs. BSN debate. I was planning on going to a community college for my ADN as it is the best option for me at the moment, especially money wise. I was hoping to go straight to work after this and hopefully having my school paid for to get my BSN. I would really like to go all the way with it and get my MSN. Is this route to BSN respected any less, or is it just having the BSN that counts? I would like to become a Nurse Practitioner eventually, but I really can't see paying so much money out of my own pocket to go to a four year college from the beginning. Isn't it true that if I get my ADN first, my workplace will probably pay for me to get my BSN? Any answers on all of this would be very helpful.
Jan 8, '07
Welcome to the site! Your plan makes a lot of sense and there are many people who have done it. You might check out our Nursing Career Advice Forum for more discussions.
Jan 8, '07
Good luck. There really isn't much tension in the real world. So don't worry about being disrespected, since it's really a nonissue in the day to day workings of the RN. I've only seen it debated here and in a few textbooks and websites.
Sounds like a good option for you at this time. My employer is paying $2200 tuition reimbursement for me to get my BSN. Since I'm going online through a private school it doesn't pay for it all, but it definately helps. Plus, I'm working full-time while going to school. My ADN was so dirt cheap I paid it in cash and it was the only option I had at the time. My only regret is that I waited so long to go back.
Jan 9, '07
Looks like we are in a similar situation - I am doing prereq's and I am going to apply to nursing school at the hospital in the next few weeks. Do what you can do and don't worry about the rest. From what I understand, the respect comes from earning it - thinking that you know everything once you are out of school is probably the wrong attitude and they do not respect nurses like that. I also have to pay out of pocket and hopefully depend on the college to pay towards tuition, but one day it will come and we will be relieved. I am sorry about your baby - that must have been really hard. I am a mother of five and I cannot imagine going through such hardship.
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