Quote from mmarqua4
I am wondering what the differences in RN and BSN are. I am in the process of deciding to get my RN or go all out and get my BSN. Is there a big difference in pay for BSN, or do (small towns) just want nurses, not depending on length of school?!
Thanks so much!
What everyone else said, pretty much sums it up.
Both programs adequately prepare you for entry level bedside nursing, however, expanding your degree will open the door to more opportunities further along in your career if you chose to leave bedside nursing.
I chose the ADN route for various reasons; length of program, proximity to where I live, cost of tuition, etc. It was the best choice for me. I now work as an RN, and I am starting an RN-BSN program online this fall so that I can continue on to get my Master's degree.
As another poster said, there are differences in an ADN program and a BSN program. Just the same there are differences in 2 different BSN programs, or two different ADN programs. Whether the BSN better prepares you for entry level bedside nursing is a question that always brings a hot debate...so if you are interested I'm sure you can search for a million threads that involve that discussion! LOL.
I can tell you a little about my program, which I feel more than adequately prepared me to be a safe and competent bedside nurse...of course, as I said previously, programs vary greatly. The best solution is to check into specific programs in your area and their requirements.
My program was a four semester program. First semester...fundamentals (7 credit hours) and pharmacology (2), second sem...Med-Surg I (9),third sem... OB (4)/Peds (4), fourth sem...Psych (4)/Adv Med Surg (4) and Nursing Trends (2). Other core courses specific to the program included A&P I and II, Microbiology, Human Growth and Development, Psychology I, and College Algebra. Other core courses specific for college graduation included English I & II, Fine Arts, and several Humanities and Social Science electives. I also completed all my BSN pre-req's during the program, with the exception of Chemistry. In addition, I joined the student nurses association which also added to my nursing education. Each nursing course was very thorough in Pathophys/Diagnostic Findings/Nursing Assessment
and Intervention. We were in clinicals usually about 12 hours a week for 10-12 weeks each semester, and we had various research papers, essays, community projects, computer assignments, group projects, and the dreaded "careplans" to complete. I successfully completed all requirements for my program plus most of my BSN pre-req's in two years without having to repeat anything. It was very intense, however, I feel that I chose a great program that prepared me for the NCLEX and bedside nursing.
I can not stress how important it is to look into each specific program! Look at NCLEX pass rates, accreditation (sp?), transferrability of credits, demand on your time, failure rate, and cost of program. Good luck!