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This is a discussion on Accelerated ASN or BSN if planning on going for an MSN to become a CNM? in Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN, part of General Nursing ... It's application season and I'm running up against the ASN vs BSN question. I'm lucky to live in a...by NolaRachel Dec 5, '10It's application season and I'm running up against the ASN vs BSN question. I'm lucky to live in a city that offers multiple accelerated programs for someone like me, who already has a bachelors (in theatre) and is coming to nursing as a second career. My undergraduate transcript is pretty bad looking, but I've made straight A's since I returned to school to take prerequisites this past summer (11 classes down, 1 more class in the Spring). I'm hoping my academic turn-around is obvious to admission committee people. As for the programs I'm looking at, the accelerated ASN program runs from July 2011-May 2012 (10 months) and the accelerated BSN runs from August 2011-March 2013 (19 months). I've tried finding NCLEX pass rates to compare the programs, but it seems the state only keeps track by school.
My questions are:
Will the accelerated ASN really be able to prep me for nursing in 10 months? I know how diligent of a student I can be, but I imagine a lot of nursing is on-the-job learning, so the 10 month time frame is concerning.
Will the BSN make me that much more employable? I was speaking a with a family friend who runs an ED and he said that they definitely prefer RN's with a bachelors. I don't know how much of a difference it makes that I already have a BA.
Since I'm planning on going back for an MSN anyway and many offer RN-MSN bridge programs, will it make a different in the long-run, anyway?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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- Dec 6, '10 by armyrn26if you are planning on getting your MSN you should get your BSN. I graduated from an accelerated program (BSN). Nursing school is just a bunch of hoops to jump through. Kind of like all those prereq's you really don't need. Nursing school could be 6 months for the "nursing" part of your degree. Half of it is useless. It is taught mostly by nurses that were trained years ago. I had a teacher that graduated in 1950s.
Nursing is a people business. You have to be able to see change in your patients and use some common sense. Nursing schools make it seem like much more.
I paid $25K for 16 month program and was being taught in a hundred year old building and using equipment that the hospital didn't need anymore.
I would calculate the time and money it would cost to go ASN--->MSN bridge and BSN--->MSN and go from there.
Hope this helps. I love my job and wouldn't do anything else now