Hello everyone. I am not a nurse yet but rather applying to get in to a nursing program. My original plan was to just get my ADN, make contacts, and get a job upon graduation so I could start earning money sooner. Now I am worried I will have trouble getting a job without the BSN in this economy/job market. I am hoping to go into L&D, OB, PICU, NICU...you see the idea. I hope to go back for a BSN or RN-MS later on with the financial assistance of my employer. I'd appreciate any feedback from nurses who have taken different paths as well as those in charge of hiring.
Thanks so much!
May 20, '11
My advice is to go straight for the BSN, not the ADN. This is coming from someone who just graduated with an ADN and already has a Bachelor's in a different subject. The Chicgoland area is flooded with nurses, nurses with experience, nurses with MSN's, and nurses with Bachelors and ADN nurses. Who would you hire for the same money? I am 44, and all I wanted to do was direct patient care on the floor. I did not aspire to go into Management etc. so I was told to go the ADN route. 3.5 years later (1.5 years of pre-req's) the area is flooded with nurses and no one will hire an ADN without several years experience. Had I gone the BSN route, I'd be finishing up at the same time. Now I need to continue with the RN-BSN degree, it will be at least 18 more months and around $19,000 for a state school. My advise to you would be go the BSN route, get a job as a CNA so you will have your foot in the door when you graduate.
Last edit by happyinillinois on May 20, '11
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