RN or BSN

  1. ]Hello fellow pre-nursing students ~

    ]I've just signed up for allnurses.com today - it looks great and Ohhh so helpful already! So, I went to college when you were supposed to, but didnt know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I took some 'time off' which turned into 6-7 yrs. I'm finally ready, and I've started taking my pre-reqs, while working full time. I know an RN who told me to just go for my Associates because the only major difference in getting my BSN is more adminstrative responsibilities if I want them...I just wanted to get some other opinions on the matter. I'm currently attending a community college, but I work at a University that has a school of nursing - so I could try to apply there. I have probably a year to make this decision, I just want to make the right one and be confident about it!

    ]Have a great day!

    ]Thanks :spin:
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  3. by   RNMom2010
    It depends on how fast you want to be out working as a nurse. You can always go back to school for your BSN. The universities around here have numerous programs for ADN-BSN that are designed for the working RN.
  4. by   luvmy3kids
    Quote from aspiringnurse8
    ]Hello fellow pre-nursing students ~

    ]I've just signed up for allnurses.com today - it looks great and Ohhh so helpful already! So, I went to college when you were supposed to, but didnt know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I took some 'time off' which turned into 6-7 yrs. I'm finally ready, and I've started taking my pre-reqs, while working full time. I know an RN who told me to just go for my Associates because the only major difference in getting my BSN is more adminstrative responsibilities if I want them...I just wanted to get some other opinions on the matter. I'm currently attending a community college, but I work at a University that has a school of nursing - so I could try to apply there. I have probably a year to make this decision, I just want to make the right one and be confident about it!

    ]Have a great day!

    ]Thanks :spin:
    Hi there and Welcome!

    There are A TON of ADN vs. BSN debates on here if you try searching them you will find a lot...

    But to give you my professional opinion....... haha.... I'm right there with ya...

    I have my Bachelors degree in another field. It's possible for me to go on and actually get my Masters in Nursing and it would take me just a semester or two longer than if I get my ADN. So right now, I'm on the fence as to what I should do.

    This is what I've come up with so far:

    If I get my ADN, I will more than likely get a job as an RN. (a lot of places say "BSN" preferred, but with the nursing shortage, I don't think that at this point it is a necessity). Once I start working for a hospital, I hope to have them help me financially to complete my BSN degree.

    I'm still debating the BSN route though. I would be able to go to a University (rather than a CC), and I've ALWAYS wanted to go to the U of M. It is about an additional $6,000.00, but I will have my Master's in the end.

    I guess for me, I still don't know. But whether you get your ADN or your BSN, you will still get to be an RN and I think that is the most important part of the whole ordeal.

    Sorry if I'm not much help. As I said... I don't know what the heck I'm going to do as it is.

    HTH's a little anyway.

    Jen
  5. by   aspiringnurse8
    ]Thanks for your input, ladies! You are right, Jen - getting your RN either way you slice it IS the most important part. I've just started and its already feeling like the longest journey ever, I just dont want to settle for my ADN and regret it, but as you said - I can always go back. We'll see.

    ]Best of luck to us all!!

  6. by   BeachPrincess
    I wanted to get my asn, but with programs being at capacity I have managed to take all my requirements for my bsn. So if you have to wait take more classes, trust me its worth it. Now I am eligible for even more programs. Best of luck to you.

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