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
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
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