ADN...is it worth the time?

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    I have been hearing a ton of negative things about going the ADN route at a community college vs going straight to the BSN. Financially this may be my only option and I would like to hear that there will be hope for me to find a job after! Does anyone have any positive experiences from getting their ADN? I would especially like to hear from the second degree students who have gone back for an ADN! If it helps to know, I will be in the Western New York area, where I think nursing job prospects are decent. Thanks.
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    I was wondering the same thing. I just graduated from an ADN program and I am moving from MA to NY and I'm hoping that the ADN isn't going to make it difficult for me to find a job, we will see though.
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    Personally I think it makes more sense financially to do an ADN program at a community college, find a job, and then have them pay for the RN to BSN program.
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    I agree with the above poster.
    I am post bachelors degree(Sociology) and worked for 5 years for child protection. I am currently in an ADN program. My school accepts about 65-70 people per year to the program. So far from what I am hearing, a lot of the students are getting jobs after graduation. My step sister is also a nursing supervisor and says that here in Louisiana it makes little difference between BSN and ADN. i will in the future go for my BSN as well through the online program.
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    Thanks both of you! I keep getting so discouraged by people telling me "you won't get a job without the BSN...you'll have too much competition blabla"
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    You definitely want to be sure about the job prospects in your area. I know in my area, some hospitals are still hiring ADNs (some being the biggest hirers of my school's alumni), so I know me pursuing my ADN won't be that bad of an idea. A lot of the hospitals though are highly preferring BSNs because of the whole magnet thing.

    Community colleges are usually cheaper than private schools, but what about 4 year state schools in your area? They are usually more affordable as well.
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    Great question! Something I have been wanting to ask also!

    I live in Washington and have heard from some that BSN is the way to go. I spoke with an RN a few weeks ago (I work at a hospital), and I asked her the same question. She said "They are still hiring ADNs. They have said that about BSN for a while but ADNs are still getting hired".

    For me, I am going wherever I can get in. Financiall ADN would be ideal, but BSN is where I want to be in the end.
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    I'm in the same predicament. I live in TX and have been looking at the job postings for hospitals, clinics, and anywhere else I can come up with to see the hiring requirements. Most here just want an RN but will say BSN preferred. I will get my BSN but am going to talk with an advisor at the comm college to see what they recommend.
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    I definitely think ADN is the way to go. New grads (ADN or BSN) are not in high demand right now. So it makes sense to get your ADN, find a job, and then do your BSN.
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    I'm going the ADN route. Hospitals in my area hire ADNs for certain positions, not the one I want. But, I'll get my ADN, get a job in the hospital I want to work in, get my BSN paid for by them, and then, get the job I want.
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