advantages of BSN vs. ADN

  1. 0 Hi, considering that I am very new to all of this, I would appreciate any imput from you all. I am just entering my first semester of an ADN program, and would like to go on to the RN to BSN available at the same college. I still am unsure of the advantages of having the BSN vs. the ADN. Is there a difference in pay? and...exactly what opportunities would I gain from having the BSN...what could it lead to as far as positions? Thanks for the help with this...I have soooo much to learn...but I am willing
    Katie
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  3. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Please do a search of this website. There are all kinds of opinions on this matter, some very heated.

    Briefly, the ADN and the BSN nurse both start out fairly equally in the workforce, making similar salaries. Both are RNs passing the same NCLEX. The advantage of the BSN comes later with experience. There are job opportunities that require a BSN such as in administration, teaching, insurance, public health, etc.

    But you won't notice a big difference fresh out of school.

    Go for the BSN!
    Last edit by 3rdShiftGuy on Dec 30, '04
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    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Please do a search of this website. There are all kinds of opinions on this matter, some very heated.

    Briefly, the ADN and the BSN nurse both start on fairly equally in the workforce, making similar salaries. Both are RNs passing the same NCLEX. The advantage of the BSN comes later with experience. There are job opportunities that require a BSN such as in administration, teaching, insurance, public health, etc.

    But you won't notice a big difference fresh out of school.

    Go for the BSN!
    Thank you for the advice...I will, but it may take a while.
  5. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    Welcome to the boards, Katie. We are glad to have you.

    Tweety is right; this has been discussed extensively. No one here means to blow you off or hurt your feelings. This is just a HUGELY controversial topic that has "been done to death" here before......it does get quite heated. That is why you will probably not get a lot of people answering here.

    Here are a couple threads to dig your teeth into and decide for yourself what is best. I did a lot of the "homework" for you, to save you time and help you out as a new member:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate

    There now you can see this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are SO many threads on this. You may feel free to peruse these and then I encourage you to decide for yourself what would be of most benefit to your career plans. Best of luck to you, whatever you decide.
  6. Visit  katiebugg profile page
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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Welcome to the boards, Katie. We are glad to have you.

    Tweety is right; this has been discussed extensively. No one here means to blow you off or hurt your feelings. This is just a HUGELY controversial topic that has "been done to death" here before......it does get quite heated. That is why you will probably not get a lot of people answering here.

    Here are a couple threads to dig your teeth into and decide for yourself what is best. I did a lot of the "homework" for you, to save you time and help you out as a new member:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=bsn+debate

    There now you can see this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are SO many threads on this. You may feel free to peruse these and then I encourage you to decide for yourself what would be of most benefit to your career plans. Best of luck to you, whatever you decide.
    Thank you so much!! I will read these, and hopefully get a better knowledge of what to expect.
  7. Visit  tmiller027 profile page
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    According to my chemistry professor, ADNs are more likely to kill a patient than BSNs...so I guess my patients are in BIG trouble :chuckle
  8. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    your chem professor...hmmmm that is a reallllllllllllly credible source. What does he/she say of LPNs then???? rofl.
  9. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    Welcome katiebug, and tmiller too right you are one funny nurse!
  10. Visit  tmiller027 profile page
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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    your chem professor...hmmmm that is a reallllllllllllly credible source. What does he/she say of LPNs then???? rofl.
    Well, he seems to think we're all going to kill someone. If you don't understand how to identify a cyclohexene molecule or to describe an oxidation chemical reaction, that this is imperitive to know as a nurse and if you don't you WILL kill people. He'd say that over and over.

    He never mentioned LPNs, but my other nursing instructors lumped them in with "unlicensed" personnel...one of them also yelled at a student who mentioned going to Med school after getting her BSN, kind of an uptight bunch.
  11. Visit  hospitalstaph profile page
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    Quote from tmiller027
    According to my chemistry professor, ADNs are more likely to kill a patient than BSNs...so I guess my patients are in BIG trouble :chuckle
    I heard the too from a college recruiter. She also had a very insulting attitude about me "only" going part time so that I can spend time with my kids while they are little. This only made me decide that this was not a college that I would consider when I go for RN to BSN. So interesting that nurses do not appreciate a "look down their nose" from a doctor yet we will critic those that chose an ADN over BSN. Just something to think about

    Tracy
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  12. Visit  mitchsmom profile page
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    Actually, the guy may have seen this:

    Study: Nurses' Education Affects Death Rates
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...threadid=87225
  13. Visit  vortex72 profile page
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    I graduated from a diploma program so I have more credits than an ADN but I dont have a BSN. Personally, I dont think it makes any difference for every day practice. I did an externship at a level 1 Trauma teaching hospital plus had much more clinical in school than BSN's get so i found it to be an excellent education.

    I'm going for my BSN now. Honestly, I could give a crap less about all the gay, useless courses I'll have to take to get my BSN (statistics, nursing "management" etc) They are a waste of time for actual practice. I will enjoy taking pathophysiology although in a diploma program you unofficially cover pathophysiology during your nursing courses.

    The only reason I'm getting my BSN is so I have the option of attending CRNA or Acute Care Practioner school. The other reasons you may want your BSN is if you want to be a nurse manager(never!) or possibly work in a position that requires a bachelor's degree such as working for a biomed or pharmaceutical company when you get sick of bedside nursing :kiss
    Last edit by vortex72 on Dec 29, '04
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  14. Visit  tmiller027 profile page
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    I'm considering getting my ADN, then Getting a Bachelors in ministry or something of that nature and doing some type of faith based hospice care or something.

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