Well i just really needed to get something off my chest. I recently graduated from an ADN program in June and in July passed my boards. its a great accomplishment for me and its honestly still so surreal. So the next thing to do would be to find a job. I live in nyc and its been horrible out here. All you hear is sorry we accept only BSN grads and honestly its really discouraging. I understand BSN grads take more classes than we do but please tell me what does that really mean. Do we not all take the same boards? Or does the computer know who did their ADN and who did their BSN? its kind of a shame because there are so many bright new grads out there that want to make a difference in this world but yet they are rejected. Ok all my frustration started when My friends and I were taking our Kaplan review
course. The whole class was full of BSN grads and we were the only ADN grads in there. Ok so we were the outcasts no problem in that we dealt with it. So the instructor would take us through 75 questions each day and honestly not many of the BSN grads knew much. I mean im not saying all BSN grads are like that it but they went to such a great school. The questions we heard coming out of their mouths was dreadful. For example a girl asked Why do you use carbon dioxide during a laparoscopic procedure And the list goes on. Ok i know your supposed to learn these things in nursing school and honestly they are basic things. So explain to me shouldnt a BSN grad know more than an ADN grad? I just think its kind of unfair for us to be rejected due to our degree. I apologize if my post offended anyone but i just needed to get this out there and make people realize something .Ok fine they got a higher degree than us but that doesnt make them a better nurse than us. There is such a shortage and so many people that need to be taken care of that employers are nit picking about that. Im proud of my degree and a hospital that wouldnt accept me because of it isnt for me. All i can say is their loss.
Thanks for listening and sorry if i offended anyone. feel free to leave any comments
Jul 30, '08
I agree with Jolie. You can be frustrated that you are encountering a difficult time in finding employment with an ADN, but you have to realize that you could have eliminated some or all of that frustration simply by researching the NYC job market prior to choosing a nursing school.
You would have found that BSN grads are preferred in your city.
Now, that said, that does not mean that ADN grads will not find jobs; you might just have a little harder time at first, especially fresh out of school. There's plenty of BSN grads there ready to start on Monday, just like you. You might not start with your first choice hospital; perhaps there's another area you can move toward, to gain experience. And once you have a year, two, three under your belt, no one is going to care where you went to school, only where you WORKED!
So, keep looking, keep interviewing, and make great impressions on those with whom you interview. "BSN preferred" does not mean "BSN gets it" if YOU are the better fit for the job for other reasons. Emphasize what YOU bring to the table in every interview.
For what it's worth, this is really a regional thing: there are MANY places on the map where an RN is worth the same regardless of what school prepared you to take the NCLEX. In my area, a BSN gets paid either a quarter or fifty cents an hour more; therefore nobody who gets a BSN does so for that reason. They aren't preferred in the hiring process either; again, it's what an individual brings to the table. I've absolutely seen ADN grads take jobs over BSN applicants. It's not black and white.
Hang in there. Put your best face forward, and be open to options. Having an RN license is of value, period.
Last edit by RNsRWe on Jul 30, '08