is there a benefit to this?

  1. I'm trying to decide on doing ASN or BSN-and I was wondering, is there any benefit to doing the ASN and then working as a nurse while I get the BSN? Or is it better to just go straight through to the BSN??

    What about becoming an LPN and working as that while going to school to become an RN??

    Or-totally different route-maybe being a CNA or even an MA and doing that kind of work while in nursing school?

    My current job is very flexible (I'm a massage therapist) and I could just do it while I go to nursing school, but I thought there may be some benefit to doing something more medical while in nursing school. I don't know-just throwing ideas out. What has everyone else done?
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  3. by   BSNtobe2009
    ASN and BSN pay is usually the same at most hospitals, initially.

    I'm going the ASN route for my RN and then BSN in a part-time transition program so I can get RN pay while I work.

    I'm not going to be working while in nursing school and I'm working right now to consolidate and payoff my debts to 'set me up'
  4. by   lyndsaynicole
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    ASN and BSN pay is usually the same at most hospitals, initially.

    I'm going the ASN route for my RN and then BSN in a part-time transition program so I can get RN pay while I work.

    I'm not going to be working while in nursing school and I'm working right now to consolidate and payoff my debts to 'set me up'
    Cool. That's good-that's what I figured. It's probably a lot easier to get the ASN and then get that good pay while going for the BSN. Thank you!

    Do you think it's a waste of time to get a CNA and do that while in the ASN program? Or is that just too many steps, like CNA, to ASN, ASN, to BSN??
  5. by   BSNtobe2009
    Me personally? I think it's a huge waste of time because they teach you what a CNA does when you do your RN training.

    Now, some of the CC's require CNA certification, but most of the time it's not required by the state.

    Some other people on here has said it helped them to work as a CNA first, and I respect that, it's just not something I would choose for myself.

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