Quote from trueblue2000
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.
*** Until very recently the ADN had HUGE advantages over the BSN and I used to wonder why anyone, other than new high school cgrads who needed the whole "college experience" would do the BSN.
Like you I went through a 9 month critical care nurse residency program for new grads going into ICU.
Lets consider Dick and Jane. Both high school senior and both want to be RNs and both live in my state and both have ambitions for managment or, let's say CRNA school.
Dick graduates and heads down to the local community college and enrolls in the ADN program. The total cost is about $6,500 and takes two years. After two years Dick lands a job is a large hospital's nurse residency program for new grads going directly into the ICU. Dick's hospital also has a program to pick up 100% of the cost of an RN to BSN program so Dick enrolls and finishes in two years of part time school and full time work. It's now 4 years since high school graduation. Dick is an RN BSN (maybe CCRN too)with 2 years of solid ICU experience under his belt. Plus he also made about $120K, had good health insurance, and made contributions to his 401K over those two years working. He owes nothing in student loans and gets to keep his paycheck instead of making student loan paytments. He has made many contacts in the hospital and has proven himself a good worker. He is well positioned to apply for an assistant nurse manager job, or apply to CRNA school.
Meanwhile Jane has enrolled in and graduated from the local universitie's BSN program. The program cost $12K a year and she had to barrow about $40K to graduate. She has zero nursing experience, has made no money and is applying for her first nursing job as an unknown with few contacts. Let's say she gets hired into the same nurse residency Dick did. Soon Jane is introduced to her night shift preceptor, her old high school buddy Dick. Jane learns that Dick has applied for an assistant nurse manager job and also has an interview with a CRNA program.