RN->BSN: Is it worth the investment at 57?

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    I will be a new RN graduate soon, at the age of 57. It is strongly recommended at my school that we pursue our BSN. My family & friends are advising against doing this. After much thought, I think they may be right. I'll have loans to pay back, & won't have my BSN until I'm 60-61. I plan to work for about 13 yrs. (& 3 of that will be working on degree)
    • Is it worth the investment to go for the BSN?
    • What type of nursing positions are there that do not require a BSN?

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  2. 22 Comments...

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    More education is never a bad thing. The question is Can you find a job in your area as a new grad ADN? In my area the answer would be no....
    imintrouble, Lev <3, and Esme12 like this.
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    I would go for it. Furthering your education is always a good thing. A friend of mine retired from being a floor nurse. 5 yrs later she was bored not working and was able to get a part time job as a nurse manager because of her BSN. She wasn't running around the unit plus she still had a hand in helping the pt.
    Lev <3 likes this.
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    You will eventually need that BSN. Most hospitals around the country are not hiring ADNs anymore. Go for it!
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    I think that if I was in your position I would check what kind of facilities are hiring ADN's in your area, and then if at all possible apply to those positions in order to gain some paid nursing experience. With nursing experience you may find an ADN is acceptable for some positions where a BSN is preferred/required. You may need to start out in an area that would not be your ideal choice, i.e. LTC, and you may also find that you enjoy working in that area, and will not feel a need to pursue a BSN. If you do wish to pursue a BSN, once you have been employed for a nurse as a while and are comfortable with your duties, if you are then inclined, I would then look in to bridging to a BSN and perhaps your employer would contribute to the cost of the program. I would try to avoid going in to debt if at all possible for a BSN, or only be willing to take on a small amount of debt: You mentioned you are 57 - given the current job market even experienced nurses have no guarantee of finding work even with a BSN. Having loans coming due without a job would not be a good situation to be in in one's early sixties, in my opinion, so I would take steps to minimize the possibility this could happen.

    Good luck to you whatever you decide.
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Oct 17, '13
    RNperdiem and Lev <3 like this.
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    I appreciate your time & interest you gave to my inquiry. A lot to think about. I know God will show me which direction to take, but I really appreciate all the advice I can get
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    Thanks for your comment. My area demands BSN. I'm very interested to know what areas do not.
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    I see & appreciate your point, but if I understand you right, your friend already had her BSN before she retired, plus she had nursing experience. I will be a new (& proud) ADN grad at 57.
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    Okay, Let me ask this: What states/ areas gladly appreciate,& hire new ADN nurses?
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    New grad BSN employment is a major gamble today; the deck is stacked--the house holds the odds---the players are drowning.
    HouTx likes this.

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