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Accepted into adn program this fall. Should i accept or decline?

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Hey guys,

I just recently found at that I have been accepted into a ADN two year program for nursing school. When I found out I was stoked because I know how hard it is to get into a program these days when its seems like everyone is applying. My dilemma is whether or not to accept the offer and start this fall. I also feel as though I should go straight for my bsn and not waste any time with doing the adn program.I am actually almost done taking my pre-reqs for the bsn program. And would do the uta academic partnership offered through my hospital.

What would you guys do? I hear a lot that it is very hard for new graduates to find jobs in clustered cities like Houston (where I am from). I can't imagine completing the adn program and not being able to find a job. Should I accept or decline. What do you think?

This is coming from a 19 year old, not to say that I am not knowledgeable. I think that there are others out there who are in the field already who can offer great advice.

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ParkerBC,MSN,RN specializes in Medical Surgical/Addiction/Mental Health.

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There are so many different options to take in order to get a BSN. If you chose to take the ASN route, you will be able to gain experience and a salary while going back for a BSN. You will be finished in two years and although I am no economist, the markets will be changing. People are seeing their 401K balances increase and indicators that are alluding to a bettering economy. Once people feel that we are secure again, nurses will go back into retirement while others will decide to retire.

If you already have a foot in the door, I would take it. Also, whichever facility you decide to work may pay for you to go back to school to earn your BSN. So, that will be money you save in tuition costs. Also, the RN to BSN program is not as competitive as the ASN and traditional BSN programs.

Good luck to you and congratulations on being accepted into nursing school!

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Thanks for the advice and nice comments! I think I am going to go with UTA because of the academic partnership. I already work at the hospital where I would be doing my clinicals at so I guess I already have a advantage and I need to take advantage of it.

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afox specializes in Neuro, Neuro ICU.

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I'd do it too! And just because you have a BSN doesn't always give you an advantage as a new grad. While I agree it can help depending on who interviews you, and especially when applying for a leadership position the point is, either way with a BSN you are still a new grad, and you sit for the same boards as an ASN.

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dandk1997RN has 4 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology.

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I'd do it- that way you have an academic advantage and possibly a financial one when you head into the BSN program. I was able to easily get into an ADN program (entrance is based solely on the TEAS, which I did well on) and know I will have a job upon graduation (jobs aren't so hard to find where I live, and I've worked for a major hospital in the area for over a decade. Since they just gave me a scholarship, I'm obligated to work for them as an RN within 30 days of graduation.) Anyway, I figure this way I can work on my BSN while working as an RN, which is pretty necessary for me as I am considerably older than you and have a child to feed and a mortgage. By the time I finish my BSN (if I go full-time) I will have two years experience under my belt and will be eligible to apply for entrance to an NP program.

I don't think you have anything to lose unless credits from the program you are considering won't transfer well to the BSN programs you are looking into.

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iPink has 5+ years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum.

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Don't let this opportunity pass you by. You are young and when you're ready for the BSN, I believe RN-BSN programs are 1 year.

Congrats on being accepted!

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This is true I may never get another opportunity like this! Thanks!

Don't let this opportunity pass you by. You are young and when you're ready for the BSN, I believe RN-BSN programs are 1 year.

Congrats on being accepted!

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I'm in the same situation. I was accepted into an ASN program this fall but, was torn between that or BSN. I feel like because of the competitive nature of nursing programs, I should just jump on it.

Good Luck!

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sommeil is a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC/Rehab.

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the university where i live has a BSN bridge program that only takes a little over a year.. so it's actually quicker to get a BSN if you get your ADN first. I say.. take the ADN. It is really hard to get in these days and it might only get harder.

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brillohead has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardio-Pulmonary; Med-Surg; Private Duty.

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Community college classes are also likely to be smaller, and less likely to be "political/clique-y".

Get your ADN, get a job/experience, and then rock your way through an RN-to-BSN program.

Also, check to see if there's a univ. that will let you work towards your BSN while doing your ADN -- my community college has a partnership with a local 4-year where you can do both program simultaneously, so you don't have the entire RN-to-BSN program to finish when you get your ADN.

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