I've been lurking for some time and became a member today.
Let me introduce myself: I am currently a Web Technology Specialist -- and have decided for many reasons to leave the IT industry for Nursing. I'm 38 yrs old, male, married, and have a 2 year old son and another on the way. I have a BA in American Studies (I loved my major and would do it again) and, of course, taking my science prereqs this fall/next spring and summer. I am working diligently to start Nursing School in Aug 2004. I have a supportive spouse -- and while I have latitude, she would prefer I persue an accelerated program so I could enter the job market as soon as possible. I am making plans to attend as a full-time student and therefore will not be holding down a job while in Nursing School.
I am looking for feedback on traditional BSN programs verses accelerated BSN programs. Obviously, accelerated programs allow one to receive a credential in approximately 16 months compared to the usual 28 months. I've also heard them described as the "whiplash Nursing degree" because they are so intense.
Can anyone share their first-hand experiences with this? How about the quality of education? Does it suffer? Would you do it again? Any nurse school faculty out there have opinions about this?
I have not went the accelerated path myself, but did go the ADN/ RN/BSN route. If I would have had a bachelors degree first , I definitely would have went the accelerated path. Why? It takes too much for time for most to go get a ADN and then a BSN. The 16 month accelerated program may be rough but you are out with a BSN as soon as possible. You are then in a position to pursue a NP, crna, or MSN (teach) degree. I find that most people that come into nursing with a bachelors degree in somehting else are usually not satisfied with the traditional RN bedside role, especially if you have already had a professional type position before crossing over. Most seem to want to go to a graduate program and pursue a better clinical role. One thing they wont tell you in under grad. nursing programs is that to get the really good clinical health care jobs you usually have to get at least a masters degree. An ADN or even a BSN is looked upon as a very entry level degree in the world of health care, unless you want to get into the management of health care, there a bachelors degree is all of sudden looked upon as impressive, I have seen CEO's of small hospitals with just bachelor degrees while they have BSN prepared nurses cleaning **** in the iunits because they don't want to pay nurses aids. Nursing as a profession has along way to go you will find that out first hand if you decide to pursue it. GOOD luck in your decision!
Last edit by MICU RN on Aug 22, '03