Should we Skip RN and go straight for BSN? - page 3

by mamaxmaria 14,403 Views | 26 Comments

So my co worker and I go to school together. We got into a bit of a debate yesterday and I want others opinions.... We are both on track to become RN's through a two year nursing programs. He wants to transfer to a BSN... Read More


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    All I can say is that not all RN's have to work in a hospital. If you wish to stay in hospital, then of course, further your career- but think about this: You can get your ADN/RN and take your NCLEX-RN, and then when you transfer to your BSN, you can FOCUS ON CLASSES and not on prep for the NCLEX because you have already TAKEN IT! ;-D this is how I am proceeding. Plus, ADN programs can be much cheaper, and when you transfer to a BSN, take your PRE REQS at Local community colleges (so cheap) and in the end, save money. By getting my ADN and then transfer to BSN (started as a CNA then LPN), I have saved over $15,000.
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    Quote from mamaxmaria
    THank you everyone for your answers! Even though i know my own hospital wont hire me in my unit without a BSN I'm to continue to get my 2 year RN... because of my current financial/ living situation i think it is my best bet

    As for finding a job, I know some hospitals, not mine, but some look kindly on having tech experience, especially critical care, i guess cause of the patient care experience and the familiarity that comes with it, IDK

    but I have contacts in other hospitals and I'm sure even as a new grad I can get some great recommendations from my co workers.
    Good luck!
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    I was in your situation at this moment. I received my ADN in 2007 with the idea of getting a job as an RN and continuing school. I found a job at a small hospital and kind of got stuck. SO I made a move and enteredthe BSN program in the Fall 2010 and I am so glad that I finally went back. Most hospitals are only prefering BSNs, but there are some hospital that will hire you with your ADN.

    My advice to you is to follow your heart. You will be able to work once you get your license and then pursue your BSN if you decide to stay in the ADN program. Anything can happen betwen now and then, so least you will have your license.

    Best wishes to you!
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    Because this is the New Jersey Nurses forum, my advice would be to go for the BSN. Here in the South Jersey/Philly area, it is getting harder and harder for ADNs to find jobs. Multiple health systems now only hire BSNs. My RN niece in North Jersey tells me it is the same, if not worse, in the northern end of the state. If we were talking about another state, I might be a bit more equivocal. Read the job ads on the hospital websites and see what they say before making your decision. Today's "BSN preferred" could well become "BSN required" in a couple of years, with the number of new BSNs being churned out every year and the job market still so crummy. My opinion only, of course.
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    I agree with AtomicWoman. I'm currently in a BSN program and without prompt, in every clinical site I go, the staff is telling us that getting the BSN was a smart move as their own hospital won't hire ASNs anymore.
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    As far as costs go many community colleges offer dual admissions to schools for your BSN. I am graduating in May and start my BSN in the summer with NJCU which is a one-year program. So if you start traditionally it will only take me 3 years as opposed to 4. And hopefully for the last year I will be working.
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    Quote from LilNell
    As far as costs go many community colleges offer dual admissions to schools for your BSN. I am graduating in May and start my BSN in the summer with NJCU which is a one-year program. So if you start traditionally it will only take me 3 years as opposed to 4. And hopefully for the last year I will be working.
    In my region (not New Jersey) ... a lot of the community colleges have similar options. In fact, for people with BS's in other fields, the dual enrollment options allows them to complete their BSN in only 1 semester after getting their ADN. I think such programs are good options for many people.


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