Quote from lindarn
Go BSN as entry into practice. By the time you finish with the prerequisites, you are spending almost that amount of time in school anyway. You might as well get the degree that coincides with the amount of time that you spent in school. And I completely agree with the above post.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
I agree. I've spent about 3.5 years getting my ADN, it makes me nuts that I could have had a BSN in that time. But of course, it goes back to the shortage of nursing educators/programs, etc. The only BSN program near me was taking 40 applicants, and when my friend with a 4.0 GPA did not make the cut, I knew my measly 3.5 GPA was not going to get it. So, an ADN program was the only option for me, and now I will be working as an RN while I pursue my BSN/MSN.
I also agree with making a universal standard for nursing, in order to advance the profession as a whole. It's too confusing to the layperson to distinguish between ADN, BSN, diploma and I have run into a lot of clients who think they are different levels of nursing. Like the client who asked me what school I go to, and then when I told him I will have my ADN, he said, so that'll make you an LPN? And another client asked me about what is the difference between and LPN and a 2-year RN degree? (Not much, as far as I've seen, I've run into some darm great LPNs who know more than a lot of RNs!)
It would be good for the entire profession to establish a baseline of education for the RN. All I can say about it right now is that ADN, BSN, diploma, all of the programs prepare the nurse for ENTRY into practice, and they all prepare us to sit for the same NCLEX.