I'm currently an ADN student (male) at a great community college in the southeast US. I worked hard for the past two years to complete prerequisite courses and apply to the nursing program. On the third try, I finally got in! I am in my first week and I want so badly to be excited and confident in where I am.
Recently, an acquaintance of mine -- who is in a BSN program currently in another state -- asked how my first week was going. I told this person it was going well and a little about what we were learning. Then, this person proceeded to imply that ADN programs were of lesser value than the superior, all-mighty BSN. Normally, I wouldn't let me get this down, but it's beginning to take over my studying time worrying about it, so I have to clear my head.
I hope of becoming a Peds NP one day. In my region, there's an abundance of ADN/RN-MSN program options at various universities with spectacular Peds certificate programs and that is the ultimate goal for me. My original plan was to complete my ADN, work for a little bit and gain experience, then apply for an RN-MSN program and hope to get in. If it doesn't work out, I can always go back and take my RN-BSN (I can get it at the university in my area online in under two years), and leave it at that.
My concern is, as an ADN student who commits intensely to everything he does, will my learning and training be different than that of a BSN student? Will I miss out on certain Peds training that I would have gotten with a BSN education? I feel like I am selling myself short or missing out on certain experiences by not becoming a BSN student. Even though I aim to have my BSN one day, the nagging thought is that I could have already been a BSN student instead of ADN so that if I got to MSN and didn't want to do it, I would have my BSN to fall back on and wouldn't have to go back to get it.
Hospitals in my area take whomever they can get. ADN is the requirement. While most prefer BSN students (it's that whole Magnet status thing), hospitals in my area will hire Associate's students and I've heard from the major hospital in my city that they actually PREFER graduates from my community college.
I'm just at a loss as to what to do. Should I keep going where I am in ADN? Should I go and try to get my BSN, even though it would mean extra semesters, extra pre-requisite classes that I have yet to take for that Uni, and loads of extra money?
I want to enjoy where I am, knowing that one day I will look back on this experience and say, I'm glad I did it. What this person said to me has put me in a tailspin and I can't seem to slow it down. Any advice? I appreciate you taking the time to read all of this if you've made it this far
Thanks in advance, guys!