Quote from MedicalPartisan
Now, if you go the BSN route first, I will have been nursing for two years already and making money, saving toward retirement, and gaining experience before you are graduated. And we will both have our BSN at about the same time.
Alright, so you graduate with your ADN and you're ready to go out into the world and get a leg up on all these idealistic, impractical BSN students, right? Sweet! Here we go!
Hm, strange, seems that hospitals and acute care facilities won't accept ADN grads without prior experience.
Four months later, no luck landing a hospital position.
Settle into office work, in which your clinical skills atrophy, or settle into LTC, in which your clinical skills atrophy. But what you lose in clinical skills, you make up for with medpass, right?
Alright, BSN earned!
Wait, you mean none of my job experience matters when I apply for a hospital position? The fresh BSN student is now more qualified than an ADN with two years of non-hospital experience?
This is sometimes (though not always) the reality of the world we live in. During clinicals, I had a hospital hiring manager specifically tell me to be careful in working between my ADN and BSN, because they preferred a clean slate versus someone who spent a few fears in LTC.
In my opinion, many pre-nursing students on this site would benefit from SLOWING DOWN and thinking long-term about what they want ten, twenty, thirty years from now rather than indulge in the instant gratification of NOW NOW NOW. It is how people dig themselves into professional holes, are preyed upon for shady for-profit schools and screw themselves out of their dreams.
***OP: You stated that you had a job waiting for you in ER already. Overwhelmingly, students do not have this luxury, and therefore make choices that will benefit them the most in this competitive world.