Hi. I just graduate with my ADN as a second career. Before that, I was full time mom and before that I was an attorney (yeah, weird, I know). So, I'm hearing here and there that if I want even a chance at a hospital residency position (I want to be in the ICU one day), I need a BSN. But I keep thinking, "really? I already have a B.A. and a J.D.!" My original plan was to work, gain experience, and then go for a masters in a clinical specialty. But now, I'm now sure. I just can't believe that all my other experience and education doesn't count, especially when the BSN program really doesn't have any clinical component -- it's just more research and writing. I'm working in a really well run SNF, so I'm not really unhappy, but my dream has been to be in the ICU. I'll do what it takes but I'd like to know what other people have heard before I jump back into school. Thanks!
Sep 16, '12
yes, you do. BSNs are not fighting to keep ASN/ADN's around and sadly, neither are the currently employed ASNs. Sigh... wish we had more unions. I think ASN/ADN's should be prepared to meet and greet their future careers as that of a glorified LPN.
edit: I'd not be surprised if in the distant future there became hospital imposed scope of practice limitations for an ASN/ADN.
Last edit by libran1984 on Sep 16, '12
: Reason: additional thought
Sep 16, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Do you absolutely need to have a BSN to have a successful nursing career? No.
Does having a BSN help your chances of being hired as well as open up more career opportunities for you? Yes.
As others have said, where you live plays a lot into it. See what the trends are in your area.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Sep 16, '12