Hi, I have been planning to take all my pre-requisites and then transfer to the university to complete my BSN. I found out that I have more pre-reqs still left to do than I thought. I will have to go full time for 3 semesters and then the 3 year program to get my BSN. My husband is going to shore duty in February and he will switch back to sea duty 3 years after that. If I go for the BSN, I will have 2 more semesters to finish when he transfers. Plus, my son will be nearing high school graduation. I am thinking now of doing the pre-requisites for the ADN program, going there, and then doing an online RN to BSN program after I work for a year or so. Then I will finish the whole nursing school while my husband is on shore duty. I was just wondering if any of you could tell me how much difference there is in pay and responsibilites between the ADN and BSN RNs. I know there is more variety as far as types of nursing jobs
available to BSNs and that is why I haven't given up on pursuing that. I am planning on working in a hospital though. Also, one of the specialties I have considered going into is surgical nursing. Is that possible for an ADN RN? Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have an appointment to speak with a counselor on Monday, but wanted to know what your experiences have been too. Thanks. -Kimberly
Apr 4, '02
I am also currently debating which route to take and due to time and cost am going for the ADN. From what Ive heard, having an ADN will not close any doors for you in terms of speciality or area you would like to go into, unless its administrative. Also, your duties in a unit are exactly the same, why?, because you have RN behind your name. Please, anyone feel free to correct me if Im wrong, as this is my perception.
I have also seen programs that will allow you to do your MSN(Nurse Practioners) with just having an ADN. It is listed as RN-MSN. Obviously there are a few more requirements to do that. If anyone can give advice or opinions on that, I would also appreciate it.
Last edit by rory535 on Apr 4, '02