JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW, I AM NOT KNOCKING THE BSN PREPARED NURSE. HOWEVER, I AM AN R.N., AND WHERE I AM EMPLOYED THE BSN NURSES MAKE NO MORE WAGE THAN AN ADN NURSE, WHICH I DISAGREE WITH, YOU SHOULD MAKE MORE MONEY WITH MORE EDUCATION, IT JUST MAKES SENSE. I ALSO NOTICE WHEN NURSING STUDENTS COME IN TO CLINICALS ON MY FLOOR THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ADN AND BSN STUDENTS. THERE ARE TWO MAJOR NURSING SCHOOLS IN MY CITY, ONE AN ADN AND ONE A BSN. THE BSN SCHOOL HAS A 66% PASS RATE ON THE NCLEX RN. THE ADN HAS A 93% PASS RATE. REASON? MOST OF THE BSN STUDENTS ARE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, HAVE NO OTHER OBLIGATION THAN COLLEGE, MOMMY AND DADDY TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING ON THE FINANCIAL FRONT, SO IF THEY FAIL IT IS NOT AS MUCH OF HIT. ON TOP OF ALL THAT THEY LEARN THE "THEORY OF NURSING", AND NOT HOW TO BE A NURSE. I SEE COUNTLESS BSN STUDENTS THAT DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLACE A BP CUFF, OR PUT A PATIENT ON A BEDPAN!! TYPICALLY ADN STUDENTS ARE OLDER, FULL TIME WORKERS, AND HAVE FAMILIES, SO A LOT MORE IS ON THE LINE. I FULLY PLAN TO GO FOR MY MSN, HOWEVER, I BELIEVE IT IS A BETTER DECISION TO GET YOUR RN FIRST, GO INTO THE FIELD, AND THEN FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION. NOTHING AGAINST YOUNG STUDENTS EITHER, FOR I WAS 23 WHEN I STARTED NURSING SCHOOL. I HAD TWO CHILDREN, PAID FOR ALL MY SCHOOLING, AND WORKED FULL TIME ON TOP OF NURSING SCHOOL. I BELIEVE NOTHING IN THE WORLD CAN STOP YOU IF YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH. BEST OF LUCK TO ALL IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN YOUR CAREER.
I was told a BSN was really only important if you wanted to work in management, at least for now since there is a shortage of nurses. I guess when I finish my program and try to enter the workforce, I will find out if that is true.
I entered an ADN program because in two different local hospitals, I was told that the best nurses came from that particular program. Also, I'm not 20 anymore, and I am anxious to get to work.
Last edit by vashtee on Jul 12, '07
This forum is not about disrespecting others degrees, We don't advocate an "my degree is holier than thou" approach to the BSN vs. ADN discussion. We do however encourage discussion, questions and opinions and you have a right to yours. Just be careful.
Your experiences with BSNs is a just your experience. Around here I see both BSNs and ADNs starting out on pretty much equal footing clinically (and yes the BSNs know how to use a bedpan). The BSNs have a higher pass rate on the NCLEX.
Last edit by Tweety on Jul 13, '07
Jul 14, '07
I'd have to agree with LLG and tweety. There's no reason to compare both ADN nurses and BSN nurses it just creates problems in the nursing community, and believe me there are already too many issues in nursing to deal with already. But i'd have to agree that despite the same pay BSN nurses get with ADN nurses, they do have better opportunities than the ADN prepared nurse. I'm not sure why the pay is the same, perhaps BSN should start speaking up for their advanced education they've received.
But since the poster is adament that ADN nurses are sooo much better and want to compare, I guess we should start creating programs in community college to train doctors and pharmacists too since they spit out such "quality" students
Yeah I didn't think so.
Last edit by Tweety on Jul 14, '07
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