ADN or BSN Please give me your opinon!! (Mom with a 1 year old)

  1. 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.

    Thank you!
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  3. by   16mm
    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
  4. by   maddiem
    I'm not sure how much research you have done on nursing school, but both of these degrees will get you an RN license. The reason you are hearing people tell you to go with the BSN is because most hospitals require that you have your BSN to work there. So the opportunities for ADN nurses are mostly in long term care facilities (nursing homes basically). But you don't have to stay an ADN. Most schools that offer nursing programs will also have an RN to BSN program so that ADN nurses can get their BSN. This is something that I plan on doing. I'm going to do an ADN program and as soon as I get my RN license I'm going to go into an RN to BSN program. I'm saving a lot of money doing my degree this way because my community college has RN to BSN programs held there at a reduced rate.

    So really, its up to you. It depends on what program you think is going to be best for you. Find a few different programs in your area, both ADN and BSN. Look into the requirements, meet with advisors, go to open houses...and then make your decision. For me, money was a big deal. Nursing school has a lot more expenses than just tuition - Books (and LOTS of them), scrubs, stethoscope, supplemental study materials, driving to clinicals...BSN programs can get pricey and community college tuition is so much more affordable.
  5. by   nursel56
    Welcome, Ipalmeida!

    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
  6. by   16mm
    Yes you can't forget the rn to bsn programs! I plan to enroll as soon as I'm liscensed! The program I plan to attend is completely online. They have full time and part time pathways as well.
  7. by   kaydensmom01
    My son was 1 when I started my ADN program. I completed the 2 years of the ADN program, which obviously required you to be at the campus/clinicals, and now am doing my RN-BSN for 1.5 years and is completely on-line.
  8. by   lpalmeida
    Thanks for the advice guys! Yes I am aware of the RN to BSN programs however one of my goals is to have one more child before I do my core nursing courses. So to become a licensed RN would be pointless for me seeing as I wouldn't be working as an RN while obtaining my BSN. I should have clarified, my overall goal is to be a stay at home mother while getting all prerequisites finished prior to enrolling in the nursing program.
  9. by   copeRN
    I feel like a BSN is truly only useful if you want to pursue another degree or MGMT position. I have a BSN and work with A LOT of people who have an ADN and we all make just about the same amount of money and do they same sort of tasks during our shift. I think ADN is great. It is half the time and money but you still will be an RN
  10. by   lpalmeida
    copeRN- do you mind me asking what type of nurse you are? I'm looking to become a labor and delivery nurse and then hopefully a lactation consultant. I keep getting mixed reviews on this. Some people say you won't get hired without your BSN and others say hospitals hire ADN's all the time. So confusing!!!!
  11. by   16mm
    It really depends on your location. We have state forums here. You can ask around there how the job market is for ADNs
  12. by   lpalmeida
    memphismom- can you tell me where those forums are?? Specifically North Texas
  13. by   Compassion_x
    It does really depend on your location. If your areas hire ADNs regularly, you could go that route and get your BSN later if you'd like.

    If most hospitals in your area require a BSN, I'd advise you to go that route.

    Where I live in the midwest most hospitals don't require BSN (at this point anyway, of course things could change in the future). And I've met a lot of L&D nurses with ADNs.
  14. by   16mm
    If you scroll up and see that little yellow bar there is a link that says "U.S." all the states are listed there! I swear this site is awesome!

    Here you go!

    Texas Nursing