I am trying to decide between an Associates degree Nursing program
and a accelerated second degree BSN program. My first Bachelors degree will be in social work (graduating in May).
What do you all think? Are there jobs for Associate degree nurses? The Associate degree program is so much cheaper than the accelerated BSN program and I would be able to take 2-3 classes as semester as opposed to 5 a semester if I go for the BSN...
Jan 30, '13
Go for the BSN. Whatever anyone posts here about ADN's having better clinical preparation, or that the associates degree is a less
expensive alternative, you are going to have a much tougher time finding a job with an associates degree. I have a BA from a prestigious college, which counts for zip in the deluded world of nursing, and an associates degree from a well respected program in NYC.
Nurse managers in the hospital where we did our clinicals told me that people in our program were better prepared from the students coming from an Ivy League accelerated BSN program. Our school is theoretically attached to a major health care system here, however priority is given to nurses with a BSN. Our nursing school is named after one of the hospitals in this group. Back in the middle ages that meant you got hired directly out of school and went to work. Not anymore. All the hospitals want Magnet status, and they need BSN nurses to fill the quota to qualify.
The job market is hideous now. It has been a terrible shock after all that I went through in nursing school to find out that I cannot find a job with the degree I have. All around the country associates programs are pumping out new grads, who have limited opportunity of finding work.
Last edit by scutari212 on Jan 30, '13