I am considering a career in nursing, but I'm not sure which is the most appropriate path for me to take, based on my background. I have a BS in Psychology and a MS in Social Work. I have been a stay at home Mom for the past few years, and now I am ready to start educating myself for a nursing career.
I know there are 3 ways to become a nurse: 1. Two year Associates Degree, 2. Four year Bachelors Degree, and 3. Attend a program run by a local hospital. With my existing Bachelors and Masters degrees, is there any value in my getting another Bachelors in Nursing? Or should I look into the Associates or hospital program?
Put another way, does BS Psychology + MS Social Work + Associates in Nursing = Bachelors in Nursing?
Also, what programs in the Houston, TX area would you recommend?
If you have an opinion, I'd like to hear it.
Thanks a bunch.
Mar 23, '03
by Orca, ADN, RN
I graduated from an ADN program. I had a BA in psychology before going to nursing school. I checked out the BSN programs in my area (since the overall number of credit hours I needed would have been about even). However, the BSN programs where I lived expected me to be available all hours of the day and part of the evening, and I was locked into a 8-5 Monday-Friday job that I could not leave out of financial necessity. A community college in my area had just started a night nursing program, which was a perfect fit. My nursing courses and prerequisites were all available after I got off work (although I did have to adjust my work hours the last semester to accommodate two days of 3-11 clinicals).
There isn't a straight answer to this question. If all other things are equal, go for the BSN. It doesn't hurt to have all the education you can get. However, there may be other factors in your situation (as there were in mine) that make ADN the path of choice. My degree has not held me back (all but two of the jobs I have held in my career, including the first one, have been charge positions). There aren't many diploma (hospital) programs left, so you might be hard pressed to find one.
And to answer a question posed above, an ADN plus a bachelor's in another field is not considered equivalent to a BSN. Employers who require a BSN will not talk to me.
Best of luck in your decision.
Last edit by Orca on Mar 23, '03