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Hi, I have started my career in a community college for a ADN degree. But i am really confused if i am doing the right thing because I wanted to do bachelors but it takes four years so i dont... Read More
0Dec 19, '07 by AedanaQuote from shakshiHi Shakshi,Hi,
I have started my career in a community college for a ADN degree. But i am really confused if i am doing the right thing because I wanted to do bachelors but it takes four years so i dont want to spend that much time. My question is what is the salary difference and work status difference between the two different degree holders. How much do a Associate degree RN earn ?
I am a new grad from an ADN program in Texas. When I went to internship fairs, etc., everyone (ADN, BSN, and a couple diploma soon-to-be grads) was offered the exact same starting salary and benefit package. If you are in a fabulous ADN program that has a good reputation in your area that you are comfortable with, I'd second the advice that one bird in the hand is two in the bush. With ADN-BSN bridge programs being mostly online now, it's not as bad to have to go back, and you get tuition reimbursement from a lot of the hospitals these days.
The major difference between ADN and BSN (in Texas) is that BSNs take a community health, research, and a leadership and management course. As you can see, while these courses are important and worthwhile, you can still function quite fine without them in an acute care patient setting (I have no major interest in managing other RNs at this point). If you do have a hunger for community health or management, shoot for your BSN.
But anyways, to me, academic reputation and NCLEX pass rate is most important. My school has new grads in the ER, OR, ICU/CCU, and tele units, so there are really not many career restrictions for us. When I got hired on for my externship, we had to tell the RN orienting our group what nursing school we were from. The RN was polite to the BSN program nurses. But when I told her my ADN school name, she lit up and said, "Oh, we looooove our *ADN school name* nurses here!" :-D
Hope this helps and have fun in nursing school! Congratulations on your acceptance!