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Which was easier....what do you feel the advantages of each were...
Thanks...I am debating!
I agree with the previous mentioned opinions. One program is not easier than another. You need to look at the time commitment and what you are able to put toward your career. You also need to evaluate what you want as a short term goal and your long term goals.
I started with my ADN. The reason was because I was working fulltime. My husband and I went through nursing school together with our first child being an infant and our second delivered 2 months before our graduation. I decided to do the ADN program first because I wanted to be able to reach the goal of getting my RN without investing 4 years and possibly not making it through. I also knew that I would be able to return to school in a local RN to BSN program.
I graduated and started working as an RN. I returned to finish my BSN 2 years later. The experience that I had as a working RN was so valuable while completing my BSN.I do think that it made completing my BSN less stressful and much more meaningful!
I now have my MSN as well. I still can not say that it was more difficult to achieve than my previous degrees. I will say that I feel it is the most valuable degree and do not regret the work invested. Many will say that a BSN is helpful for future leadership nursing positions. At the institution in which I am employed, a MSN is neccessary for a leadership position as the world of healthcare is becoming more and more complex.
Another aspect to consider is cost. If you pay for your ADN, your employer may assist with returning to school to obtain your BSN once employed as an RN. Basically you have to weigh which path is the correct for you. I wish you the best!