I graduated 3 months ago with a BSN, passed boards and started a nursing residency. Almost everybody else in my nursing residency has ADN/ASN degrees. We have now been deployed to our units. We all do the same jobs, get paid the same and are treated exactly the same. I am questioning my investment - in time, money and effort - in getting a BSN. It appears there is NO ADVANTAGE! Seriously, what is the point? I am feeling really stupid for having studied twice as much and spent eight times as much and getting no recognition whatsoever for all of that. It just seems unfair. Sorry, I need to vent.
Nov 2, '12
In some areas of the country having a BSN does give you an advantage. There are hospitals that prefer to hire BSNs and it gives you a boost when applying for jobs (especially in California and on the east coast it seems). If you read around on here you'll see some people are having trouble because their area hospitals highly prefer BSN new grads. Some hospitals do pay BSN more, and some don't. If you ever wish to do something besides bedside nursing having your BSN is a must now for many settings. If you wish to go into management later on your BSN will be very beneficial. Extra education is never a waste, and there is nothing stupid about having extra education so don't think that.
However, I wouldn't call it unfair.... ADN and BSNs take the same NCLEX and have the same scope of practice. Why shouldn't they be doing the same job and be treated the same? ADNs work hard for their degree too, and most ADNs I know studied just as hard as the BSNs. An ADN is rarely just a two year degree anymore. At the ADN programs around here there is still at least a year of pre reqs before your two years of clinicals that include 2 semesters of A&P, microbiology, chemistry, etc. So there is still plenty of studying at the ADN level.
I'm just curious, before you started what did you think the difference between BSNs and ADNs in the work setting would be?
Last edit by soxgirl2008 on Nov 2, '12
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Nov 4, '12
by tokmom, BSN
You are right to a point. There isn't any difference from a bedside ADN or BSN. My facility doesn't pay more for the BSN either, and even in my facility you can advance with an ADN.
With that being said, even after being a nurse for over 20 yrs. I'm going to start my BSn this next Feb. It won't pay for itself on the floor, and nobody will even know I have it, because it's not listed on my badge. However, if I want to ever advance and have more options, I will need it. Education is never a waste. Do it now and it will be done and out of the way. I took the long way to my RN. CNA, LPN, ADN and now am going the BSN route. I had to pay for it along the way, so I had to work. Loans were not big options back then.
Congrats on your degree!
Last edit by tokmom on Nov 5, '12