As a ADN, who went to a ADN-BSN, then MSN/FNP program here's a quick bio.
The ADN was the HARDEST, I know thats crazy, but it was the rite-of-passage, I did it at a local community college, and it was THE SINGLE HARDEST THING I EVER DID IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!
But then, IT GOT FUN!!!!!!!
I stumbled into the BSN program by complete accident, My hospital offered several EDPAKs, or scholarships and programs for continuing education, I wanted my RNC about 1 and 1/2 years after Graduation from ADN, and it just so happened, I recieved 100 percent scholarship to a BSN program!!!
I really enjoyed it, IT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM ADN SCHOOL, AND ONLY VAGUELY RESEMBLED NURSING!!!!!
MANAGEMENT, RESEARCH, ADVOCATION, AND A SMIDGE OF ADVANCED PATHO, ASSESSMENT, AND TEACHING.
PLUS, IT WAS EVERY OTHER WEEKEND, THUR FRI AND 2 SATs a MONTH!!!!!! EXTREMELY CAREER FRIENDLY PROGRAM!!!!
Plus, it REALLY FEELs LIKE COLLEGE, and NOT BOOT CAMP MEETs COLLEGE!!!!!!!!!!
Then, once I had my BSN, the Master's was a NO BRAINER, I couldn't have been that close to a MSN FNP without joining up.
THE NEGATIVE. . .
STUDENT LOANs MAKE BOSTON A VERY SAD BOY.
NURSE PRACTITIONERS ARE ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT CUTs, WE ARE USALLY FIRST AT A HOSPITAL or CLINIC.
I MADE MORE MONEY TRAVELING AS AN ADN, THAN I DO NOW WITH AN MSN FNP, and a non-nursing Doctorate!!!
IS SICKENING REDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE
THE PROs. . .
BEING A PCP
HAVING THE POWER TO CHANGE LIVES EVEN MORE
HAVING YOUR NAME ON AN OFFICE DOOR
HAVING YOUR OWN PARKING PLACE *i have walked miles before as an RN
AUTONOMY, AND IT JUST GETS LARGER OVER TIME!!!!
YOU CAN BE A NURSE EDUCATOR ALSO, I HAVEN'T LECTURED THEORY, BUT BEEN A CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR ADN PROGRAM