RN vs. BSN

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    Hi guys. I need advice about what kind of nursing program I should do. I will be graduating this spring with a B.A. in Psychology. I'm planning on working for a year and finishing up some pre-reqs then applying for Fall '07.

    After reading all of the posts about how difficult it is to get accepted to nursing schools in MD I'm debating whether to get an R.N. (which would take about 3 semesters and be LOTS cheaper) vs. trying for the BSN (which has the prestige but is more expensive and takes longer)

    And in everyone's opinion: Sociology 101: I know a lot of schools require it, just wanted to see if people liked it/needed it/thought it was a waste of time, etc.
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    I took Sociology and absolutely loved it. You learn how to socialize with different people with different cultural beliefs, religions, ethnicity etc. I do think it was helpful and not a waste of my time and money.

    As for your degree........You can always get your ADN first and get into the workforce sooner and go back for your BSN.

    Good luck
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    Hi!
    Well I have 2 schools of thought on this......I decided (13 years ago) to go for the easier route so I could get out there and "save people" and planned to go back and I am almost 36 with one child and another on the way and still haven't gone back. Hoping to in the fall. Seeing as you already have a B.A. I would think it wouldn't be as time consuming to just go for your BSN. But if you are young and don't have the family committment yet and feel you could stay on the horse. GO for the ADN, get a job and let them pay for the BSN. Most hospitals have some kind of tuition reimbursement these days. Right now I am researching local hospitals to see who has the best deal and plan to return to acute care once maternity leave is over. There is even one hospital in my area that has classes at the facility to make it even easier!!!
    Good luck!
    Karen
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    Hello

    I also have a BA in Psyc and just recently (MAy) graduated from a community college with Associate Degree in Nursing I chose that route because of the money. In Maryland the quality of educatio is good at the community colleges you can look at www.mbon.org and check out the pass rates for the NCLEX. IF you want to become a NP then you may decide to do the BSN route but then again since you already have a degree you can do RN-MSN programs. Just my two cents!
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    Quote from karefree
    Hi!
    Well I have 2 schools of thought on this......I decided (13 years ago) to go for the easier route so I could get out there and "save people" and planned to go back and I am almost 36 with one child and another on the way and still haven't gone back. Hoping to in the fall. Seeing as you already have a B.A. I would think it wouldn't be as time consuming to just go for your BSN. But if you are young and don't have the family committment yet and feel you could stay on the horse. GO for the ADN, get a job and let them pay for the BSN. Most hospitals have some kind of tuition reimbursement these days. Right now I am researching local hospitals to see who has the best deal and plan to return to acute care once maternity leave is over. There is even one hospital in my area that has classes at the facility to make it even easier!!!
    Good luck!
    Karen
    Congratulations on the baby! And let us know how the hospital search goes...
    Thanks!


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