Is it worth getting your BSN right out of ADN school?

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    Hi all,

    I'm a recently graduated RN with a ADN. I'm having a tough time finding a job (passed nclex in july) and wanted to know if you think it's worth it to go back for the BSN transition so soon and before I even have 'employee tuition reimbursements'?? The cost is from 17- 25 K in my area for an accredited program that includes clinicals

    Thanks!
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    If you can afford it, go for it. I took a year off to just learn to be a nurse first, but I already had a job. I've paid for my BSN on my own, only in the last semester am I applying for tuition reimbursement. My program was about $12k, no clinicals since I'm already working as a nurse.
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    Quote from Nola009
    Hi all, I'm a recently graduated RN with a ADN. I'm having a tough time finding a job (passed nclex in july) and wanted to know if you think it's worth it to go back for the BSN transition so soon and before I even have 'employee tuition reimbursements'?? The cost is from 17- 25 K in my area for an accredited program that includes clinicals Thanks!
    Definitely worth it for a number of reasons. 1) your not working so you will have more time to really do good in classes. 2) your potential employer wants to see you advancing your degree as BSN's are apparently all the rage these days. 3) there are cheaper programs online that are accredited with no clinicals...check our University of Louisiana Lafayette. Don't go through clinicals if you don't have to. That's what ADN was for. 4) apply for scholarships! Tuition reimbursement usually is incremented in the amount of years you've worked there. Ie: 1 year: 25% of tuition up to $3,000 max; 2 years: 50% of tuition up to a max of $3,000....etc. and then you have to commit to employment or they will take it out of your check. Basically, don't wait to get hired!! This has been my experience! Good luck!!
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    Just go back ASAP. I wish I did that. I waited 2 years and wish I didn't (I would be done by now instead of just beginning). Once you learn what life is like outside of school, you won't want to go back to school.
    sunshyne17 and Nola009 like this.
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    Why don't you choose a cheaper online program without clinicals? You're a nurse. You don't need a clinical assignment to get a BSN.
    featherzRN and Nola009 like this.
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    Quote from schnookimz
    Why don't you choose a cheaper online program without clinicals? You're a nurse. You don't need a clinical assignment to get a BSN.
    It looks like magnet hospitals around here want CCNE accredited schools
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    Quote from future_anesthetist
    Definitely worth it for a number of reasons. 1) your not working so you will have more time to really do good in classes. 2) your potential employer wants to see you advancing your degree as BSN's are apparently all the rage these days. 3) there are cheaper programs online that are accredited with no clinicals...check our University of Louisiana Lafayette. Don't go through clinicals if you don't have to. That's what ADN was for. 4) apply for scholarships! Tuition reimbursement usually is incremented in the amount of years you've worked there. Ie: 1 year: 25% of tuition up to $3,000 max; 2 years: 50% of tuition up to a max of $3,000....etc. and then you have to commit to employment or they will take it out of your check. Basically, don't wait to get hired!! This has been my experience! Good luck!!
    TY, TY I can tell this is good advice. I guess I'm just dragging my feel bc I JUST GOT OUT of school! I thought I was going to 'snap my fingers' and get that hospital job... Oh, my goodness I'm sad/mad that I didn't
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    Quote from Nola009
    It looks like magnet hospitals around here want CCNE accredited schools
    Yea, some of these schools are ccne accredited. I would never have chosen a non accredited school. Lol I'm not looking to flush money down the toilet.

    Western govenors is 3700 per semester for as many classes as you can finish and is accredited.
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    Quote from schnookimz
    Yea, some of these schools are ccne accredited. I would never have chosen a non accredited school. Lol I'm not looking to flush money down the toilet.

    Western govenors is 3700 per semester for as many classes as you can finish and is accredited.
    And lord knows I HAVE NO MONEY to flush down the toilet, lol!!! Thanks for the info xo
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    Quote from Nola009
    TY, TY I can tell this is good advice. I guess I'm just dragging my feel bc I JUST GOT OUT of school! I thought I was going to 'snap my fingers' and get that hospital job... Oh, my goodness I'm sad/mad that I didn't
    Nursing programs are lying to students. especially the non accredited ones.


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