hospital diploma vs four year degree?

  1. hey there, i'm new on the board nice to meet ya'll. my name's theresa, i'm 20 and i'm planning on going into nursing (obviously). i'm kind of stuck though. I was planning on getting my lpn license first. and i've been reading up and i'm not sure whether i should go with my original plan or go through a four year program at a college/university. which do you guys think is better, as in quality of education? is it better to just go through a hospital program, because it's more hands on, or go through four years of college? Thanks to any and all who can help me
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  3. by   sjb2005
    I recommend the 4 year degress at a minimum. I am an ASN. Even though I am capable of more challenging nursing postions and ones that appeal to me more, I do not qualify because a 2 year degree does not cut it. Although, I do make more $$$ than many 4 year degree nurses because of senority.
    Sometimes $$$ isn't the most important thing.
    Quote from msprettyscrubs
    hey there, i'm new on the board nice to meet ya'll. my name's theresa, i'm 20 and i'm planning on going into nursing (obviously). i'm kind of stuck though. I was planning on getting my lpn license first. and i've been reading up and i'm not sure whether i should go with my original plan or go through a four year program at a college/university. which do you guys think is better, as in quality of education? is it better to just go through a hospital program, because it's more hands on, or go through four years of college? Thanks to any and all who can help me
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    If you have the time, and money, I say go for the 4 year BSN.

    I myself am going to get my ADN, and then do my RN-BSN after I become an RN. This may be another option for you to think about.

    Think about pros and cons, that reflect YOUR situation. Then decide what is best for YOU!

    Good luck and welcome to AllNurses.com!
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Fun2Care
    If you have the time, and money, I say go for the 4 year BSN.

    I myself am going to get my ADN, and then do my RN-BSN after I become an RN. This may be another option for you to think about.

    Think about pros and cons, that reflect YOUR situation. Then decide what is best for YOU!

    Good luck and welcome to AllNurses.com!
    I agree with the above posters.

    Like Fun2Care I am doing my ADN first and then RN to BSN while employed as a nurse.

    Best wishes to you.

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