from ADN to FNP - page 2
Hi! I graduated with an associate's degree in registered nursing from a local community college in Dec 2008 then after a year, I graduated from an RN-BSN program. Now, I'm keen on getting my... Read More
Mar 19, '12Thanks for the inspiration fellow Boston Lover!! I've been wanting to go back to school for nursing since I graduate with my BS in 2010. I recently applied to a competitive (they all are..) accelerated BSN program with 700+ applicants and only 30 something spots. I was invited for an interview and am currently on the waitlist. Since I'm not sure whether I'll move off the waitlist or not I need to look into other options. I may apply to one or two more Accelerated second degree BSNs but I'm still a little hesitant to bury myself in $40k of debt when I already have a BS in a health related field (Nutrition). My ultimate goal is an MSN (probably FNP).
At first I ruled out the ADN altogether.. a.) because my parents told me to look into it and b.) I'm a snob and I didn't want to get a two year degree when i already have a four year one. ButI found out I can get my ADN in a year or so.. all I have left are the actual "nursing" classes. I have all the pre- reqs and then some from my first BS. I'm starting to consider it now.. I can finish the ADN for around $3k.. THREE GRAND SOUNDS A LOT BETTER THAN $40k+. I want to start working as an RN ASAP so that I can get some experience. I was hoping I could later do a ADN-MSN program and bypass the BSN altogther.. or do RN-BSN if need be and later MSN.
This threads making me a little worried. With all the direct entry or RN-MSN programs I didn't think it would be so hard to do this.
ANY INSIGHT FROM YOU GUYS IS APPRECIATED
Mar 19, '12I guess it's a little early for me to be worried about the MSN portion. THE REAL QUESTIONS ARE:
IS IT OKAY TO GET MY ADN AND START WORKING AS AN RN?
OR SHOULD I JUST SUCK IT UP FINANCIALLY AND GET MY BSN??? ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A BSN WORTH IT?
Mar 20, '12First, That picture is SOOOOOOOOOOO Cute!!!!!!! YOU KNEW I WOULD HAVE TO COMMENT ON THAT SWEET LIL' BABY!!!! HE/SHE IS TOOOOOOOOOO PRECIOUS!!!!! THEY ARE LITTLE BULLDOGISH ANGELS, (with an invincible devil tail).
No look, I would have loved to have gone to a four year school, but for me, it was the $$$$!!! I had a 2 year Gift of Hope Scholarship from The United Methodist Church, A partial Pell Grant, a small state Scholarship, and an ACT Scholarship. Though it would have covered my local 4 year choices, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Tulane University/Louisiana State Medical Centers; It all boiled down to fact that I had 2 YEARS FOR SURE PAID FOR, A home within driving distance of the Community College, and I had to get my wife through her chosen AAS Program, and it wasn't possible.
But I have always been practical, so the PROs were making $35-45K after just two years (DON'T LAUGH AT OUR MISSISSIPPI SALARIES), and not to mention, I was straight out of high school into the ADN program, so I had some growing up to do. I got married b/t 1st and 2nd year (actually no baby yet besides Chase, just found the RIGHT GURLLY), and I had some growing up to do, FAST!!!!!!!!!!! I WOULD NOT HAVE GRADUATED IF I WOULD HAVE STAYED AT HOME, LONG STORY SHORT. Getting married was the best thing I ever did, spiritually, emotionally, academically, and career wise.
After the ADN, we moved to a Larger Southern City, (OUT OF THE STICKS) and got an apartment where I signed on to a innercity teaching hospital, I WAS IN LOVE. That of course is where I got my Bacholers. It was a breeze compared to the rigors of ADN schooling.
The MSN is so focused on what YOU love, and a refreshing return to the sciences. Its where I trully learned to NETWORK. I never would have even considered teaching. I did, and still help out occasionally with Clinical Groups. But actually, my struggle was getting accepted into a College of Osteopathic Medicine for the DO degree, vs. the MSN/FNP Program for Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Once again, it was the money, we can do a travel assignment ($42/hr) and make the money, so it was down to following my heart, and I was ready to go to seminary and get into the Mission field, so I did the MSN route, so I could attend Seminary in Sync, and cut graduation time down from the DO program (WHICH TO THIS DAY I HAVEN'T RULED OUT GOING BACK TO.) I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A CHILDRENs CLINIC IN CENTRAL AMERICA or EASTERN EUROPE
Which ever you choose, it doesn't have to be your LAST degree, the ADN vs. BSN here as far as floor nursing doesn't really make a $$$$ difference, HOWEVER I AM AN ADVOCATE for education, and it will open doors for you if you do get your BSN, (AND NO IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO PLAN/THINK ABOUT YOUR MASTERS DEGREE!)
Somebody smarter than me said,
"THE GREATEST JOURNEY EVER TAKEN BY MANKIND STARTED WITH ONE STEP!"Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Mar 20, '12 : Reason: caught a mispell, forgive grammar!
Mar 20, '12I started as an ADN and then completed an RN to BSN program. I am about to begin a BSN to DNP program and there is not one course that I did not have that I needed. Just really look at all of your choices before choosing one
Mar 21, '12I completed my ADN at a local community college in 2009. I will graduate with my BSN in June-I am currently working on my MSN FNP application. I am applying for the MSN at the same school I am in now because I like the school and the application process seems pretty cut and dry. But more importantly, I will not have to take the GRE because of my GPA. So that is a BIG deal to me!!