How many are going straight for your BSN? - page 2
by HeatherMax | 2,369 Views | 30 Comments
I just went through about 100 RN job postings, and I would say about 86 of them said BSN required or preferred. That was kind of a wake up call... now I am re-thinking everything again.... Read More
- 0Mar 19, '13 by soxgirl2008It really depends where you live. Where I live hospitals regularly hire ADN and BSN nurses. Even in the bigger cities as well. When I started college when I was 18 I didn't know what I wanted to do and had the mentality "Cs get degrees" so when I did switch to nursing my pre-req GPA of a 3.0 wasn't high enough to get in, and the school only let in 24 people a year...so even retaking classes wouldn't have helped me. All the other BSN programs were $10-$15,000 a semester AND I would have had to take an extra year and a half of their pre-reqs because they were private schools with different requirements and many of the classes from my public university wouldn't have transferred.
When I graduate with my ADN I'll only need 6 classes for my BSN, 5 of which I can take online. This is all through my old university (for their bridge program you automatically are admitted with a 2.5 GPA) and since I took all the BSN pre-reqs, that's why I'll only need 6 classes...and my ADN program has agreements with the school that all the credits transfer. I'll have my BSN at the same time I would have had it if I had gone straight for my BSN through one of the private schools, because of all the extra pre-reqs they required that the public university didn't...and for a lot less money
If I lived in an area that was hardly hiring ADNs, I may have bit the bullet and gone straight for my BSN. However, considering the hospital I work at regularly hires ADNs and that I'll only need 6 classes for my BSN I did what made the most sense for me. It really depends on where you live and your obligations. Everyone's situation is different. Oh, and I know most people (myself included I admit) want to work in a hospital, but LTC need RNs too...and there's nothing to be ashamed of if you have to work LTC for a few years before you get your BSN. LTC facilities need good nurses too!
- 0Mar 19, '13 by soxgirl2008Quote from SopranoKrisI think it's a shame there aren't more affordable BSN programs out there. In my state only a few of the public universities offer a BSN program, and they only let in 20-100 people a year and are very very competitive (many people with 3.8 GPAs don't even get in). All the other programs are easily $80,000 for 4 years. Yikes.I'm going the ADN to BSN route because our local community college's nursing program is very highly regarded, not to mention better tuition rate I can do an RN-to-BSN at the local university, which is 10 minutes from home. I would have loved to just do a straight BSN at the university, but it's just too expensive to justify the cost. Especially when the CC has such a great program.
- 0Mar 19, '13 by SaraFutureNurse?Me!!!! In the state where I live (Washington) there has been a real push towards BSN as opposed to ADN. The state as a whole has said that by 2018, they'd like to have 80% of registered nurses as BSN graduates. Also, I live in a small community about an hour outside of a major city, and there is one community college that offers a nursing program. It's so competitive and they only admit on a grade-basis. I've discovered that many of the four-year programs about an hour from where I live have a little more diversity in their selection of students, so I'm hoping that going the BSN route works for me.
- 0Mar 19, '13 by HeatherMaxNo joke on the $$, I talked to one school here in VA Beach that offers the BSN program, you have to already have your pre-requisites done mind you, it is over $80,000! I can't afford that. Not now not ever!
I understand there is a push, but with my family responsibilities, I am going to continue with the LPN first and then the LPN/BSN bridge program.
- 0Mar 20, '13 by AARONS007For me, going straight to BSN financially isn't an option. I'm almost finished with my prerequisites for ADN and hope to get in the program within about another year. I just passed a CNA course so my plan is this..... Start working in a hospital as a CNA, the hospitals in my area pay 100% tuition, so they are going to save me some big money, plus I'm getting experience and I'll have a job waiting for me out of school. I do plan to go back for BSN, but again, the hospital will pay tuition so again I'm saving a lot of money, it's a longer road to travel but it makes sense for me, in my financial situation.
- 0Mar 20, '13 by ebinbrooklynI am...I already have a college degree and I'm in NYC--I've been flat out warned that getting a job with an ADN will be very challenging. If I do the ADN-BSN it'll mean being in school for 4 years and only working part time, which will be a financial strain that may not be sustainable. I applied to an ADN program as a "fall back" but if they offer me money it'll be hard to say no.
- 0Mar 20, '13 by Fireman767I have a B.S. in another field so I am going for my BSN, however my program is an ADN. That said many of my other degrees credits go towards the BSN credits, since my B.S. is in health care management, which is about 90% of the BSN program here. So in a way when i finish my ADN ill have my BSN as well