Deciding between ASN or BSN - page 3

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I am 25 years old and live in California. I've just been accepted into two nursing programs, a BSN at San Francisco State, and an ASN at Ohlone College. Ohlone starts this fall and is two years long. SFSU starts next spring... Read More


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    i myself have just completed an associates degree in nursing program and was very happy with it. i will completely agree with above responses, you will hear pros and cons to both programs. at my particular university there was a lot of animosity between the two programs and was brought on equally by both classes…..sad really… especially considering only months later many of us were working together on the floors and getting along fine.

    the one thing i would caution you to do is make sure that the kind of nursing you want to practice is covered by the program you choose. in my state their are only 2 differences in privileges between an adn nurse and bsn.... first would be community health nursing jobs are rarely given to adn graduates and associates level nurses could not work in a public school setting as a school nurse (but this is not true of every state). neither of those options appealed to me and i was looking at an additional 2 year wait to begin the bsn program so i got my adn.

    good luck with whatever you choose and once accepted don't worry if you picked the correct one. in the end we are all rn’s, working under the exact same license, which we received by taking the same boards. the real differences in the programs (at least at my university) were minimal and really you just need to pick whichever is best suited for your needs & the best way to figure that out is to ask many questions of the two programs you are looking into. :wink2:
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    If you can do it now, get the BSN. You have less to lose. First of all, you qualify for more jobs, more education is always better. Second, life gets in the way sometimes when you try to go back later. Third, the cost of an education gets higher over time, not lower. And nowadays few employers offer tuition reimbursement or scheduling help for those going to school. What do you gain from the ADN? A quicker route into the workforce- helpful only in the short-term. Eventually you will probably want a BSN anyway, unless you are satisfied with a staff nurse position forever.
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    I am completing an ADN program, with the intention of completing my BSN once I get to work. Here in Washington; many, many hospitals offer tuition reimbursement for pursuing your degree. In addition, our universities offer the RN to BSN degree online. Explore where you want to work and see if education is an employee benefit.

    In Washington, BSN is the way to go. We have been told by our nursing instructors that beginning in 2012, nurses will have to have their BSN to practice. There is a grandfather clause in effect as well. North Dakota already requires a BSN to work as an RN (if my research is accurate).

    Every nurse I have encountered during my clinicals has said there is a significant difference between ADN nurses and BSN nurses in terms of their clinical skills. ADN nurses have better skills because they get more clinical hours. BSN nurses catch up, but I would like to hit the ground running, if you know what I mean. Personnally, I say go the ADN route, get the clinical skills down pat, then go get your BSN. It will be less expensive that way. You only have to pay university tuition for the BSN year.

    Look closely at your programs that accepted you. If you have the opportunity, talk to current students and ask them about their experiences. What is the philosophy of the faculty? What is the atmosphere? Are they willing to nurture their students or just thin the pack? Look into the program and talk to the students; that was the determining factor for me. I got accepted into 2 programs as well. I spoke with faculty from both schools, as well as current students and graduate nurses. If I am going through hell for 2 years I want all the support I can get. I made the right choice and actually I am having a very good time. My faculty is amazing! Best of luck to you, and congratulations! Kim


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