Education is never bad and most definitly if time and money allow, then go for the most you can get. I've never done a study and I don't remember seeing a valid one that showed that there was a significant difference in quality of care of a BSN vs an ADN. Anicdotally I can show new grad BSN's who jumped over my LPN's who weren't aspirating when they gave sub q heparin shots. Now I"ve also seen ADN's who will never touch a patient in my facility as long as I'm the DON.
It's time to get theemotion out of this discusion, which has been going on for the 25 years I've been in nursing. We push Evidence Based Medicine in our clinical practice, it's time to bring that to our education.
To the ones that are wondering if they should go to the local CC and get an ADN or go to the university down the road. Well I want a competent nurse. I don't care were you got the knowledge and skills. Distance Education, ADN, BSM, Accelerated BSN, whatever. The choices should be for your personal plans and life. If your planning on becoming a NursePractiioner later, then get the BSN now. If like were I live now, the BSN only takes 6 months longer than an ADN, takes then maybe the BSN. If money is an issue then community college ADN programs are usually cheaper. You may want the personal satisfaction of completing a BSN. If your doing a midlife career change, and already have college, then maybe the ADN.
Whichever you choose, just do the best you can and work on becoming the best nurse possible. Being a knowledgable, skilled, compasionate, caring nurse will help you get the respect from the physicains, you fellow nurses, and your patients more than a collection of letters after your name. (ps it will also make your DON happy and will prob be reflected in your evaluations)
Flame war? Yes. This is an emotional subject with strong feelings and idea's on both sides. When making a decision, listen to both sides of the argument (and it is an argument not a discusion in most cases) and look at it based your specific set of circmstances.
Good luck in which ever path you choose.