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- May 3 by calivianyaAlso, forgot to mention - why consider an accelerated BSN? Some of those programs are only a year long, so it will take you just as long to get your BSN as it would to get your ADN and your degree would be more marketable. I know you're just thinking about finding a job, anywhere... but you may find that you like a particular unit the best that really only wants to hire BSNs. You have to remember that those ADNs you're working with have been in the profession for years, and are not new grads... the job market for new grads is really tough right now, whether you have an ADN or a BSN. BSNs open a few more doors than ADNs do right now when you're a new grad. Most of the new grad residencies I've seen in my area don't accept ADN students.
- May 6 by Drstrangelove88Unfortunately this is my only option for right now based on my situation. I would definitely do an accelerated bsn but the only program would require me to quit my job therefore having bills to pay, losing the tuition reimbursement, and not having the "In" that I do now and I literally just talked to guy that graduated last week from an ADN program and they offered him a job on my floor 3 weeks ago. He is a tech like me. So this way I can go to school and work full time because all of the lecture material is taught online and all but guarantee I'll be hired on when I graduate then after I get in the swing of working as an rn with my adn degree I can worry about completing the bsn.
- May 7 by Student Mom to ThreeGet the ADN first!! My reasoning is purely anecdotal...but here goes. I am an ADN. Paid approximately $10k for it (I do have a previous bachelor's degree). I can go back for my BSN online and spend maybe another $8k and about 12 months. I work with someone who graduated about the same time as I did who went for the ABSN. The difference between the two of us? I am her supervisor and she is nearly $80k in debt.
- May 8 by sillypuddy143I'd also like to mention another alternative.. I am finishing my ADN this month, and have a previous batchelors degree. This was the right choice for me (and it sounds like for you) because I was able to continue working while going to school. You can also skip right to a masters program once you complete your ADN, you will not need to get a BSN first. This is what I plan to do after working for a year or two.
Edit: I also wanted to mention I just interviewed for a position this week. The company allows ADN nurses to move up within the company to unit managers and nurse managers even without a BSN. Depending on how high you go you will eventually need a masters but their is still opportunity for advancement. I just wanted to point out that it really will depend on the facility, Long term care will be much more forgiving to your ADN.
- May 11 by Drstrangelove88Yeah that's awesome news! It's nice to know. I have no problem working in long term care either honestly. I just want to rest assured that (god forbid something happens and I don't get this all powerful BSN) I will still have options.
- May 11 by 4_SqLooking at today's job market.. would not even consider not going for the BSN.
BSN will allow you to compete for the best jobs.
Just my 2 cents!
- May 11 by ThePrincessBrideIn this day and age where many jobs (not just nursing) prefer a four-year degree, I believe it will be to your advantage to get a BSN if possible. Most management positions I've seen require a bachelor's and it is easier to move up the clinical ladder and get an MSN when you already have a bachelor's degree.
- May 11 by SasZRNI worked for 13 yrs as an LPN. Went back for my RN because I couldn't find a job. Went to a one yr Diploma program. Got my RN in 1989. Went on Disability in 2008. (I have Bipolar Disease11) Planning to return to the workforce this coming Fall after I get bilateral cochlear implants. I am just praying that I will be able to find employment. Nervous about going back, but I am a workaholic and I will probably try to work at the hsopital closest to me or another one that is about 20 minutes away. I would like to stay close to home. I will not persue a degree due to my age. I am 60 and I have no intention of working more than 6 or 7 yrs at the most. Wish I had gone on years ago though!!
- May 11 by pandabear2185If you can afford it, go for that bsn, do the accelerated program if you can. If not ADN will get you working so Long as you don't live in a large urban city. I live in SoCal. Many of the hospitals here do not hire ADNs right now. Our market is saturated with RNs(no shortage here) so they can be more choosey. Plus with Magnet status and all that BS, they want to have RNs with more educational training.