RN-BSN and not working?

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    I am currently finishing up my 4th semester in an ADN program and plan to begin a 1-year online RN-BSN program beginning in June. I am VERY interested in nurse residency programs in my area, but the only ones within reason require a bachelor's and LESS THAN 10-12 mos. experience as a working nurse. for me, that would mean not working at all during the BSN program. I am worried that not working during that time will cause me to lose my med admin. and other nursing skills. Has anyone else encountered this dilemma or have an opinion on whether i should or should not go for the nurse residency if not working is the sacrifice? I still live with my parents and they would be supportive of any option.
    Thanks!
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    I don't think that you would lose your skills that quickly, but I do think that's a little ridiculous. I'd probably just try to find a part time job somewhere, even if it wasn't my ideal job, to make some money and then go for the job I really wanted once I finished with my BSN. Or if you are really dead set on doing one of those residency programs, work somewhere and quit after 6 to 8 months so you don't go over the requirements for the residency programs. I'm not too familiar with nurse residency programs, so elaborate on why you are so interested, and exactly what a nurse residency program entails. I'm sorry I don't know more about them. I graduated nursing school back in 2005 (I'm an NP now) so I'm sure things have changed. I also live in a rural area, so our programs are limited, and many nurses don't even have BSNs, so I'm interested in learning more about nurse residency programs.
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    Don't start working right away. Maybe wait 3 months or so, then when you graduate you will only have 9 months experience.
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    Start looking for employment now. If all the posts here are any indication, it will probably take you at least 3-6 months to find a job anyway.
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    jhunting,
    May I ask what RN-BSN online program will only take one year?
    I agree start looking now and by the time you find what fits your life you will me under the time constraint.
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    Thanks, everyone. Adding in the The time it takes to find a job as a new grad is a good point. UMass Amherst is the BSN program you go straight through taking classes in the summer, fall, winter, and spring. My ultimate goal is to become a CRNA (requiring at least 1 year in intensive care) and the programs at MassGen and Darthmouth-Hitchcock put you in an ICU for a year. I would really like the intensive training and I feel it would put me in a good position to get an ICU position for a year or two before I begin a CRNA program.
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    You have to review, of course, but you don't lose those skills. I completed a 4 year BSN program last year and started working at the beginning of Jan, six months later. When I was in my program, from our 3rd to the 4th year, we all practiced very few hard skills, because it was community based in 3rd year. Also remember that nursing is much more than all the "hard" skills.
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    I am someone who did an ADN program. I am very interested in completing an RN-MSN program. I found out the hard way that most schools who have an RN-MSN or RN-BSN program need you to be an RN with experience. I ended up finding a job as a Graduate Nurse Resident almost immediately after graduating and I do not regret doing so. Many of the people who started with me say it took them anywhere from 6-18 months to find a job and some of their and my classmates don't even have a job. Another thing to consider is the job may offer tuition reimbursement, and a bonus for passing nclex. Keep in mind that if you do find a school that will take you as an RN-BSN with out passing nclex or experience the pay scale difference is only in most cases $1 more per hour if that. I think it is well worth it to go ahead and work. Best of Luck!

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    I am currently finishing up my 4th semester in an ADN program and plan to begin a 1-year online RN-BSN program beginning in June. I am VERY interested in nurse residency programs in my area, but the only ones within reason require a bachelor's and LESS THAN 10-12 mos. experience as a working nurse. for me, that would mean not working at all during the BSN program. I am worried that not working during that time will cause me to lose my med admin. and other nursing skills. Has anyone else encountered this dilemma or have an opinion on whether i should or should not go for the nurse residency if not working is the sacrifice? I still live with my parents and they would be supportive of any option.
    Thanks!
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    You are unlikely to lose any skills going straight from an ADN program into a BSN completion program. Most if not all RN-BSN programs have a clinical component of some kind.
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    I would encourage you to at least work part time while getting your BSN. I did, and I am very very glad that I did so.


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