So here I am, 8 or so months from when I graduated with my ADN. I realize that I am also 39 weeks pregnant and so time wasn't really on my side to begin with and neither was the economy. But I have been accepted into Bethel's CAPS program to get my BSN. This is a MAJOR financial commitment. We took a hit when I started my ADN program, and were not expecting that the economy would stink the way it does now.
I've been doing some research, and it seems like all the arrows are pointing to "get your BSN and you're more likely to get in the door". In fact that is what Health East is requiring in order to get into their new grad RN thingydoo (and probably requiring their potential RN's don't use words like "Thingydoo"!) I recall Childrens had the same requirement, and I understand that the VA Hospitals have been BSN only since 2005 (I read it somewhere...I could be wrong). So, I mean...I know trends come and go- when I was almost done with my LPN I was hearing that they were nixing LPN's for Medical Assistants... and now I'm hearing that not only are they NOT nixing LPN's they're making it harder to pass NCLEX PN, and making the degree an associate degree. I've heard the same thing about Health East pertaining to Allina and North Memorial as well as HCMC- BSN required (or proof of acceptance into said program by the time you start the new grad program).
Now granted, in the long run I would HAVE to go back for my BSN- I want to be a nursing instructor some day. I'll need my Master's for that. The thing is, as I said, this is a big risk. I'd start the program in Feb 2011, about 4 weeks after I have the baby. We've been unemployed (hubby and I) for a LONG TIME. We're on EBT and Medical Assistance, if that tells you how bad off we are. I've thought "well, if I can't find an RN job, my LPN doesn't expire until 2012- but who will hire an LPN who is an RN? Wouldn't they assume "well, she's going to be held to a higher standard, so she needs more pay-?"
or "when an RN job comes along she's going to ditch us?"-
I know right now the economy stinks. I know there really isn't a nursing shortage, or if there is, the people making hiring declensions are in denial about it. SO, I would like to know, from an outside or other person's viewpoint, is this (rather risky) investment in my education going to give me some sort of leg up? Are the articles I'm reading true? To be fair, near the end of the ADN program I was in (Century, which was a wonderful program, I say) they were already telling us to prepare to go back. I had my preceptorship at St. Paul Children's, and all of the RN's there were BSN's, and those who weren't were in school to get that degree. Is this inevitable?