US Soldier in need of some advice... - page 2

Hello everyone my name is S.Williams. I'm currently a soldier in the US Army and am planning to get out after a 5 year term in Sep 2013. When I become a civilian I plan on going to nursing school; first starting out getting my... Read More

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    Thanks for your service! I believe ASN is a better path to BSN than ADN (but not sure). It also could lead you to a bachelor in another field if you change horses. You might just want your RN for now, but in the future you will probably want more education to further your career. I agree with the others, I would shoot for BSN. This is a good ways towards your MSN which is highly desirable degree. Don't discount staying in the army, or going back with a BSN for a commission.
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    If you can afford BSN get that through UTA. If not try TCC for the ADN (same thing as ASN). If you need any help feel free to PM me as I am in Fort Worth. And thank you for all you have done!
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    Yea, I think I'm leaning more towards the BSN route now. I was thinking I could do the ADN program first and work as a nurse sooner so I could gain experience while doing the bridge program. But honestly I think it would just be smarter for me to get it all done at once. Thank you for the advice everyone. Hope you guys don't mind me PM some of you if I have any questions.
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    Thanks for the advice.
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    I don't know what an ASN is. I even googled it and didn't find it. If you can, go straight for the BSN. I live in NE Ohio and ADNs are not getting hired as readily as BSNs. This is also a very saturated area so jobs are also hard to come by. I'm not sure about the Dallas area but maybe look up some of the schools and compare programs. Also you can call hospitals or facilities that you may want to work in and talk to their nurse recruiter. Just a thought.

    BTW Thank You for your service to our country !!!
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    Quote from erin527
    I don't know what an ASN is. I even googled it and didn't find it.
    ASN = Associate of Science in Nursing
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    I am currently an RN in Houston. I started out with my ADN but they are making it a lot harder to obtain a descent job at a hospital without a BSN. If you can, I would go with the BSN route.
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    Welcome to the site, and allow me to thank you for your service as I wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors ... Aloha~
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    I actually went the same route I served active duty for 5 years then decided to palace chase/front to the ANG. I did an LPN program recently found out I passed my state boards and plan on going for my RN....have you considered applying for bootstrap I know the air force offered it I just didn't want to take a chance and apply and end up reenlisting another 4 years but its an option..also like someone else mentioned take advantage of your tuition assistance while you're in ...enroll in classes that the school you are interested in would accept so you don't have to tap into the post 9/11 GI can also start applying to programs/colleges now...this would allow you to plan ahead and don't be afraid to ask your education office for assistance...I'm sorry I don't have any information on Texas only time I go there it's for training...I wish you the best of luck and if you have any questions in regards to transitioning from military to civilian or even if you are interested in the guard or reserve you can pm me.
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