Has anyone else here changed their mind about an RN-BSN program?
I applied to, and was accepted to, Anna Maria College's online RN-BSN program. I'm supposed to start classes next month. Two weeks ago, something gave me pause.
I've been down this road before- gotten a degree and ended up with a pretty piece of paper, debt, and the same job. It happened with my BA and my ADN. There are no guarantees that a BSN will change anything.
My main goal in getting a BSN is to eventually work in a hospital. We're in no position to move, and since my spouse refuses to drive there aren't many places we could move to. Facilties in my area want either travelers, a very small number of new grads, or RNs with 5 years of hospital experience. My ADN has so far led to jobs in LTC, which I will never do again, and home health, which is extremely dull. I'm on the high-tech side, and I've been doing the same thing, with the same client, for 4 months. When I worked at a school, there were things to do, places to go, and people to interact with. Now it's just me and the client, in the middle of nowhere.
Plus, a BSN will eventually be the minimum standard to practice. Why not get that done now?
I've applied to U Texas Arlington for July; if I only want a piece of paper, why spend more than I have to? I won't have the name recognition, but employers won't recognize any school that's not in this state, and I can't afford to spend $600 per credit at the State U's RN-BSN program. However, I think of how expensive my previous degrees were, and how hard a time I've had in nursing so far, from finding a job to learning the ropes, and I wonder if I'm just wasting time and money.