VENT: ADN and BSN - page 4

by Sweet_Cheekss

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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... Read More


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    First off I am not an RN. When I first graduated I put in my application to about every place in my area which was available. At the hospitals I applied there was a 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice. I ended up with my third choice ( it was a good hospital just father away from home ). At that time , and I believe it still holds true today. Anyone who has no experience will have to sell themselves to potential employers, they also need to look outside of the first choices. Sometimes while we hope for what we dream of ,we might have to settle for somewhere that will us to gain some experience to put on our resume for the time we reapplying to our dream job.
    Last edit by lpnflorida on Sep 2, '08 : Reason: sp
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    I have followed this thread for a while now. I was an ADN nurse who went back for a BSN. I have never regretted either of these choices.

    The ADN taught me how to study for facts. The BSN taught me how to think through problems from a different perspective.

    Don't spend time pointing fingers about how much it seems a potential nurse from a specific type of program may or may not know. The thinking process is different. Not better or worse, just different.

    Additionally, many students have difficult times with testing. While some have test anxiety others just are fearful that all the time and energy may not have given them the specifics they need.

    Many good nurses did not pass their tests the first time. It does not mean they will not be good nurses. It means there are problems they need to identify and fix before attempting the test again. Sometimes it is just thinking "too much" other times it is lack of basic knowledge. Be glad that people are asking the questions. It might remind you of a factoid that will make the difference for someone else in the review class.

    Remember the fact that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Usually there are others, not as willing to ask the same thing, but want the question answered.

    Focus on what got you interested in nursing rather than bumming about the differences.
    Best of luck to of you taking the exam.
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    This has been a really interesting discussion. I will graduate in May from an RN program (community college). I already have a B.A. (history and sec.ed), and am a few credits short of a masters degree-- I was a high school teacher before staying home with my kids for the past 5 years. I do worry about finding a job (philadelphia area). I know of two hospital systems who will not hire RN grads. One of my instructors said that if I can prove that I'm enrolled in a BSN program, and already have the BA, that I shouldn't have too much trouble finding a position-- we'll see, though. I already know where I'm going to finish my BSN, and am filling out the application as we speak, so I can enroll as soon as I graduate in May. There aren't too many classes that I haven't taken, and am told I'll finish the BSN within a year. I would have gone into a BSN program originally, but they were too expensive. I've just finished paying my student loans for graduate school, and couldn't take on more right now. My husband was able to pay for the community college out of pocket. Hopefully I'll luck out and get a job next summer. I'm not picky at all as to where I work, and I want the night shift. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Location, location, location.

    I'm now a GN, waiting to take boards. Have the LPN license. I got hired on at a small CAH as the informatics nurse in a job advertised as "BSN preferred." Why? I had a license, period, I have a strong systems background, and I was the ONLY applicant with a license.

    I'm going on for the BSN. I want the expanded opportunities it affords, just as the RN opened doors.
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    this isn't just nursing you guys, this is the trend of the job market today in general.

    i was an administrative assistant for many years then *poof* all the jobs that i wanted and was qualified for were suddenly requiring a bachelors. now, trust me, there is nothing about being an admin that requires a college degree and even more insulting was that they didnít care what your degree was in! it could be fine arts and that would have satisfied the requirement.

    so i went and got a ba in english. went back to work. got promoted. even did some work that was relevant to my degree (editing) and then decided i wanted to do nursing. this time, i didnít mess around, i went right for the bsn.

    the hard truth is that in all careers the trend is toward more education. if you donít want education to limit your career choices, then you should get as much education as you can.
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