Dear fellow future nurses,
I would like help with a decision. Knowing that the ADN vs. BSN debate has raged on for decades, I do not wish to contribute to the debate. There are pros and cons to both and often, life circumstances choose for us. I simply am inquiring about your opinion on the best option for me as there are clear pros and cons to choosing either for myself as well.
I have applied to two programs: an ADN program at the local junior college, and a BSN program at the nearest university to me. Of course, in the grand scheme of things with money being no object, the BSN would be favorable since both programs are the same length (2 years). But the BSN is a 90 minute commute one way (at least)! It could be two hours or more if traffic is bad and it would be 3 hours minimum using public transportation. I've just been accepted to the ADN program. I'm still waiting to hear back from the BSN. Should I be accepted to the BSN, moving closer to the university is not a possibility as I am a wife and mother and my husband's job, my son's school (not to mention our mortgage!) keeps us in our current location. Now that you have the background info, I am asking you which program you would choose if you were in my shoes. Would you spring for the BSN, suffering through the crazy commute for two years (summers off at least, so there are built-in breaks) to just get it done, also knowing you're getting the benefit of a nationally ranked program and a more thorough education (since the BSN includes a few classes that the ADN does not)? OR, would you be practical, choose the local ADN and not wear yourself out on the road and do a bridge program later knowing that the bridge program ups the cost and time involved in eventually getting the BSN (which is the end goal for now; eventually I'll get a master's too but that's far in the future)?
I have waivered back and forth for months on which program is my first choice due to all the variables involved and I simply cannot decide. I want to make a good decision not just for myself, but also my family.