ADN vs BSN - page 2

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I was just wondering, what is the difference between an ADN (RN)and a BSN (RN), besides the fact one is a 4 year and one is a 2 year program?... Read More


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    Having gotten first an AA and then a BSN from the same school, both were very heavily theory based. In some ways the AA moreso than the BSN. But the real difference for me is that the BSN program gave exposure to the intellectual underpinnings of nursing. That is how nursing got to be where it is, in the mess it's in, the work being to done to validate it's activities, the research that needs to be done. Ideally, a BSN program should not just teach theory as something imposed from the outside onto nursing practice but as that which directs and enlightens the critical thinking process out of which nursing practice flows.
    I know how to do nursing according to theoretical models other than the one I was taught from, but I think nursing according to the Roy Model.
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    i have also heard that the "one year between ADN and BSN" requirement is being "forgotten" if the BSN programs aren't full because of the nursing shortage. this came from my clinical instructor (who attended the university that i want to complete at) and they have the same 1 year rule. so check it out....you may be surprised.
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    Thanks LPN,Future, RN and Rena RN 2003
    I appreciate the info and the "boost"!
    I have a call into the University and will check all the particulars with them. I know I'm just starting the prerequisites and I haven't a real idea of what kind of nursing I want to go into. I just want to make sure I keep my options open and while I have this long awaited opportunity to attend school, I sure want to make the best of it. Aren't we lucky to live in a country that we aren't bound by our age, our background and we have so many wonderful opportunities and possibilities? Wow!
    Thanks again!
    Cheryl
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    DOes anyone here have any experience with the "direct-entry" type programs for people with Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines?
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    2amigos: I too am just getting started in my LPN program at age 43. But this is how I figure it! By the time I get out of college with my BSN RN, I won't have to work very long before I can start drawing my Social Security. And I have heard the government uses your last 5 years to determine your amount of Social Security you get! So, lets face it 2amigos, WE GOT IT MADE IN THE SHADE!!!!! lol
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    Hey!
    I'm 39 and just finished my LPN!
    When I go back for my ASN, I'll be 40, graduate that when I'm 41.
    Then, I'm looking toward my BSN.
    Who cares about age?
    I care about nursing and learning what I can to care for people.

    Was going to stick with ASN, but BSN can open some doors for me if I ever decide to work "behind a desk" instead of "bedside care". Or if I may want to teach nursing....

    Best of luck to you in your decision!
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    luvmydog: A friend told me she had some trouble with the job hunting because they saw the "msn" and then realized they didn't have any experience *lol*. Got hired though, and now wouldn't know the difference.

    Bri
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    What a good post! I have been pondering this myself.

    Right now, I'm leaning towards getting my ADN and then going through an RN to BSN program later. Thing is, I have no CLUE when I would be able to go back to school again because I would like to have a 3rd baby in about 3-4 years. Not sure how this is going to fit in with my plans right now, but I do know that college is my priority. I want to be able to be financially independent from my husband (you know what I mean if you've ever had to ask your hubby for cash ) and be able to support us if (heaven forbid ) anything ever happens to him.

    So anyways, the thing that dropped my jaw was all the requirements for entrance into the BSN program. There were at LEAST 20 extra credits required just to enter the stupid program, RN or not. My 2 year degree is already going to take 4 years when you count the pre-req's and the nearly 1 year between admission to and starting the actual nursing program.

    I have a question...I hope it's not stupid, but you guys on this forum are so sweet and helpful, I can't imagine anybody thinking ill of me for asking. My question is, when you enter a typical Rn to BSN program, is it still a 4 year program? Or do they shave a couple years off for you since it seems to me you would be considered sort of an advanced student?
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    Originally posted by Swiftee
    What a good post! I have been pondering this myself.

    Right now, I'm leaning towards getting my ADN and then going through an RN to BSN program later. Thing is, I have no CLUE when I would be able to go back to school again because I would like to have a 3rd baby in about 3-4 years. Not sure how this is going to fit in with my plans right now, but I do know that college is my priority. I want to be able to be financially independent from my husband (you know what I mean if you've ever had to ask your hubby for cash ) and be able to support us if (heaven forbid ) anything ever happens to him.

    So anyways, the thing that dropped my jaw was all the requirements for entrance into the BSN program. There were at LEAST 20 extra credits required just to enter the stupid program, RN or not. My 2 year degree is already going to take 4 years when you count the pre-req's and the nearly 1 year between admission to and starting the actual nursing program.

    I have a question...I hope it's not stupid, but you guys on this forum are so sweet and helpful, I can't imagine anybody thinking ill of me for asking. My question is, when you enter a typical Rn to BSN program, is it still a 4 year program? Or do they shave a couple years off for you since it seems to me you would be considered sort of an advanced student?
    Hi Swiftee, I think it depends on "their" curriculum for the degree. If you meet all the requirements to be a Jr you can probably start the first clinical. Do you know what school you are interested in? I would check to see what their requirements are and see what you have to transfer.

    Good Luck, I hope that helps a little !
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    I'd like to be the voice of dissent here and say that I am in an ADN program and have no desire to go back for a BSN.

    I don't want to be a perpetual student, I don't feel I need to be a BSN-prepared nurse to be a good one, I want a job with a relatively good salary and time with my family. I have no desire to be a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesist or anything like that.

    Sorry if that makes me seem lazy or complacent, but it is what it is. There's more to my life than work.


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