RN-BSN or job first??

  1. I have always loved AN and the great advice I've read for my entire nursing school journey. Now I'm lost and a little nervous.

    When I pass NCLEX, I don't know what the next step should be. Let me give a little background:

    21 years dental assistant, graduated from a 3 year part time evening program (RN), no experience other than clinical which at times were limited. I don't know where to start or what to do? Hospitals want experience, or BSN .. neither of which I have at the moment. Do I just go right into BSN and then look for jobs or do I look now and take anything that I can get? - (I'm about to turn 40 and live in MA if that makes any difference)

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
    Thx
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  3. by   Flames9_RN
    I would start on researching RN to BSN schools. Find plenty here: http://allnurses.com/nursing-online-distance/ That way at the interview you can state that you have commenced looking into schools. Doesnt hurt to start as well....but some (many) find the first while working at a new situation a bit stressful...so may want to put it off for a bit. I know a fair # that started on their BSN once they passed the NCLEX.....to make myself more clear....once u graduate, your only a new grad once, thus important to start working right away.
    Last edit by Flames9_RN on Aug 28
  4. by   hopefulRN'17
    Quote from Flames9_RN
    I would start on researching RN to BSN schools. Find plenty here: http://allnurses.com/nursing-online-distance/ That way at the interview you can state that you have commenced looking into schools. Doesnt hurt to start as well....but some (many) find the first while working at a new situation a bit stressful...so may want to put it off for a bit. I know a fair # that started on their BSN once they passed the NCLEX.....
    I have already been accepted to one school, they allow you to take one nursing class and unlimited electives for one semester while you are obtaining your license, but I deferred to Spring because I need to concentrate on NCLEX. I was also thinking of working as a tech on the weekends to get my feet wet. It is such a huge career change and I just want to learn, learn, learn.

    Thx for your advice
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    Most programs require you to be working as an RN. And you don't want to delay finding an RN job, as you then become an 'old new grad' and that's a very difficult position to be in. Graduation from an RN-to-BSN program does NOT make you a new grad again- although it seems like a lot of people think that. Just an FYI
  6. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Hi there,

    I am in the same area of the US and I recommend you continue looking for a job and start your RN-BSN. MA is a very tough job market, but you may have some luck with your associates.

    I am not sure where in MA you are, but I HIGHLY recommend Rivier University in Nashua, NH for your BSN, as they offer a flexible schedule and they offer both online and hybrid classes. They are also reasonably priced even though it is a private college and the faculty are wonderful too! You can easily work full time and do your BSN, so I wouldn't worry.

    If you have any questions feel free to respond on her or send a PM. Good luck!


    Annie
  7. by   esipbisn
    If you don't really care, look in the Healthsouth company. Looks like you are in Boston. They have a bunch of facilities and have great incentives for you to get your BSN online with Chamberlain. You get a job and your education cheaper.
    Good luck
  8. by   Yuweezy
    I don’t know how it is in MA, but a lot of hospitals here in Arizona pay for your tuition if you’re doing RN to BSN degree. I would say take your NCLEX first, and try to get a job as a RN. I wouldn’t recommend working as a tech, because you’re not gonna learn any nursing skills. Also a lot of BSN classes’ assignments would be much easier if you have some kind of experience as a RN. Writing papers is gonna be much easier. A lot of hospitals have New grad programs and they do hire ADN. I have plenty of friends who had no experience besides nursing school and started working as RN. You’re gonna do great!
  9. by   Flames9_RN
    I worked for just less than 2 years as a RN then we went abroad for nearly 5 yrs.....when I came back I was in an unique position.....not a lot of experience and many managers said they couldn't treat me as a new grad, so couldn't do any of the new grad programs they had. So I do think it is best to start working right away and soon after start a Rn to BSN program. Maybe not right away as the first bit can be quite stressful. Most Rn to BSn programs center on paper writing and experience as a working RN does help when it comes to relating to the material

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