Hi Nurse Beth,
I am starting my nursing pre-reqs starting soon for an ADN program. I just turned 30 this year and this has been a long time coming! However, I was a single mom for a long time, and now that i am married, I have an additional child to care for - but I don have the additional support and income help, so it's as good time as any to actually do this!
I currently work in a big hospital and make a decent salary working M-F for Nursing Administration - but I am wondering if getting an ADN is significantly detrimental to achieving my goal to become an ICU nurse. Where I work, I see a lot of RNs with an Associate that work side by side at the same pay as BSNs, but it's for cardiology, not intensive care. (However both are part of the Critical Cared Department). Right now, I cannot see myself being able to cold turkey quit my job and do the BSN program, although at some point i plan to.
What do you all think? Is becoming an ADN a waste of time? Have you all seen big salary differences? Would hiring managers think less of me?
Dear ADN vs BSN,
Congrats on getting married
If at all possible, get your BSN now. You will be more marketable and a BSN is fast becoming a requirement by many hospitals. This requirement will only increase in the future.
Rather than focusing on today's job situation in your area, which may mean the same
pay for ADNs as BSNs, or the same opportunities- look ahead. Your nursing career is in the healthcare world of the future, not the healthcare world of today.
In the future, having an ADN will most assuredly limit your career opportunities and therefore your potential income.
Good luck in your decision.