Quote from Miss independent
Why should a ADN nurse be classified the same as a BSN nurse? We do not classify CNAs the same as LPNs or LPNs the same as RNs and we should not classify ADN nurses as being the same as BSN nurses.
Ummm, how about because they pass the same licensure exam and have the same scope of practice
?? Please don't try to stir up the ol' BSNs-are-better-than-ADNs debate again. If you really want BSN-prepared and ADN-prepared RNs "classified" differently, feel free to lobby your state BON to promulgate regulations creating two separate classes of RNs (and see how far you get with that effort).
For the OP -- this is a v. personal choice, dependent on quite a few variables. It is true that a BSN will give you a wider range of professional opportunities within nursing. It is also
true that "BSN completion" programs for ADN-prepared nurses are widely available, many completely on-line, and are comparatively easy and inexpensive (compared to "basic" nursing school, that is). As you note, there's not much difference in the amount of time involved in both degrees, and, if you get a tuition break at the uni because of your husband, that may be your best choice. If it would still be significantly more expensive than the CC, you may be better off going the CC route and completing a BSN later. Another consideration is whether one program has a significantly better reputation in the area than the other (for turning out well-prepared nurses). There are strong and weak programs among both CC and
uni programs. If one of your choices has a really good reputation and the other is regarded as average or poor in quality of its graduates, you would be better off at the stronger program (regardless of which one that is!) It may also boil down, simply, to which one you can get in to first -- I would encourage to apply to both, and then see how things work out.
Whether or not you would "need" a BSN to work in an NICU depends on the individual facility. If you know you're going to be staying in this particular area, you may want to contact hospitals with NICUs in your area and ask them if they have a preference or requirement. Be aware, though, that plenty of facilities won't hire new graduates into specialty areas like NICU, anyway, so it may take some time (working in another clinical area) to achieve your goal.
Also, it's extremely common for people to start nursing school with the idea that they know
they want to specialize in one particular area (often based on their personal experiences, as you describe), only to find, by the time they graduate or by the time they've been working for a while, that they are more interested in something completely different. In school, you will be exposed to all
the main practice areas of nursing (medical/surgical, OB, peds, psych, community health, etc.) Most people are unaware until they're in
nursing of the incredibly
wide range of career/practice possibilities "out there."