Quote from Nurse_Cossman
Hi, I'm new to the site, and am wanting to know (from an experienced nurse), how far an RN with an ADN can go up the ladder vs. an RN with a BSN.... or is basically the same, i.e. nurse practitioner, and so on?
Welcome to allnurses!
Basically, you would want a BSN (at least) if you want to get into hospital managment. For upper level managment, most large hospitals require you to be at least working on your masters degree. For teaching, it's the same. You need to have your BSN to begin working toward your practitioner degree.
That being said, in smaller hospitals and/or nursing homes, you don't necessarily need a BSN to get into management. I have my ADN and have worked as a supervisor, manager and clinical reimbursement coordinator.
If you want to be able to move up to a practitioner level, you need your BSN before you can even start. It's all up to you and what your situation is at this time as to how much schooling you can do at this point.
Good luck, and again, welcome!