Im sure this has been asked before so I apologize in advance. Im new to the board itself so I thought I'd ask a pretty basic question to start off.
I have recently decided to change my career path. I would like to become a nurse and I initially thought that getting my ADN was the best route but now I feel a bit conflicted. I do not have a degree but I do have many credits from another college. After reading many posts on this blog I see that people advise against getting your ADN over a BSN due to the fact that more employers are requiring it. The whole reason I was going for my ADN was because I am a mother of a 1 year old who cannot afford daycare nor is comfortable putting him in daycare so young. So I figured getting my Bachelors wouldn't be possible unless the first half was online. If online is possible the other concern I have is finding a reputable and accredited online program.
Should I get my ADN first or just go for the BSN? Does anyone know of BSN online programs out there that offer at least the prerequisites online? I know in 2 years I would be more comfortable putting my son in daycare because he would be a bit older.
Both BSN and ADN pre reqs will likely include sciences like A&P and Micro. Do you know if your school will allow online versions? I have 2 kids also and to avoid daycare I go to school in the evening while my husband is home. Is that an option?
Also, BSN is definitely preffered I'm just choosing the ADN route for myself since I can't afford loans right now.
Last edit by 16mm on Nov 6, '13
Nov 6, '13
by nursel56 Guide
My advice would be to go for the BSN now, as you'll then put yourself ahead of the curve in almost all ways in the job market. I would encourage you to carefully read our forums here pertaining to how the BSN was achieved (online, in classroom or a combination). The available choices are mushrooming and there you can get the unvarnished opinion from others who have no financial stake in the program you are considering. They come from all walks of life and many are mothers or fathers of young children. Best wishes to you as you embark on this journey!
Edit to add: my reasoning is based not on what is happening in any particular location or whether someone wants to go into management or not, but what will be happening in 3-5 years if present trends continue, and also keeping in mind that many will face a relocation by choice or not over the span of a career.
We started to see an increasing number of new grads having trouble gaining employment around 2009 that shows no signs of letting up.
Academic and professional associations are still telling the media that there is or will shortly be a severe nationwide nursing shortage and warn against any decrease in the numbers of new nurses who are in record numbers now.
Last edit by nursel56 on Nov 11, '13