ADN to BSN experience?

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by pacnwRN pacnwRN Member

Specializes in Rural Nursing.

Wondering if anyone has any good tips from going to a working ADN graduate RN to getting a BSN? I live in a rural area and plan on a program that mainly is distance learning, something like Western Governors University. Anyone doing this and have any tips or advice?

LaxNP

LaxNP, DNP

Specializes in PICU, ED, Infection Control, Education, cardiology. Has 15 years experience. 145 Posts

i did an online bsn and have to say, it was worth it. i did my program through suny delhi (a state school in ny). it was affordable and the quality of the education was great. i am in my first semester of my np program at a private, brick and mortar school. let me tell you, i feel as though i am over prepared for grad school. my experience with online learning was great. the teachers were involved and always in communication. in my area there are no bsn programs that accept men, so an adn and an online bsn are the only options.

SPERPI

SPERPI

3 Posts

re: the previous reply " in my area there are no bsn programs that accept men, so an adn and an online bsn are the only options." really!!??? in 2011!!??? are you kidding me? i am currently currently enrolled in an online university (western govornors university but i only just started, so far it has been a possitive experience. i spent a year though busting my chops aquiring all the prerequsites for accceptance to another university in my area, only to find out that i don't need them for most unline universities. a friend at work who wants to complete her degree, i told her i was doing western govoners and she had her dad research the school (he is big on reasearch) and came back with glowing comments, i was relieved because i did not do half the research that he supposiedly did.

Aaron-Ball

Aaron-Ball

16 Posts

Since you already have hands-on experience being a nurse I think an online BSN program would be an excellent way to advance your career. I have also heard positive things about Western Governors, and would also recommend looking into University of Phoenix.

highlandlass1592

highlandlass1592, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 13 years experience. 1 Article; 647 Posts

Many, many well-known universities are conducting online programs now. Whatever program you choose, make sure your state recognizes it. For example. for me, Excelsior was out (my state doesn't recognize that program). I went with University of Michigan-Flint's online program. It was a lot of work but it got me where I wanted to go (grad school starts this fall). I work night shift so this program was easier to incorporate into my night shift lifestyle. Highly recommend it.

gigglymo

gigglymo

Specializes in CCU, cardiac tele, NICU. 122 Posts

i did an online bsn and have to say, it was worth it. i did my program through suny delhi (a state school in ny). it was affordable and the quality of the education was great. i am in my first semester of my np program at a private, brick and mortar school. let me tell you, i feel as though i am over prepared for grad school. my experience with online learning was great. the teachers were involved and always in communication. in my area there are no bsn programs that accept men, so an adn and an online bsn are the only options.

excuse me? i'm hijacking for a moment, but either this is baloney, or you are one lawsuit away from owning your very own nursing school.

Sugarcoma

Sugarcoma, RN

Specializes in Trauma/Tele/Surgery/SICU. Has 2 years experience. 410 Posts

So far I am really enjoying my experience at University of Wyoming. Finding it very do-able to work full-time and go to school full-time. My biggest tip would be to always try to stay on top of your reading and assignments, once you fall behind it is very hard to play catch up.

DesertRN2

DesertRN2, MSN, APRN

Specializes in Corrections, Education, Med/Surg, AGNP-HIV. Has 25 years experience. 158 Posts

Yes there are several online only and brick and mortar schools offering online ADN-BSN. I am a current student at ASU. There is a good amount of work so stay on top of it is the key. I work full time as well. It is doable. Another school that offers ADN-BSN online at very reasonable tuition is University of Texas-Arlington.

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics. 1,316 Posts

I am currently doing Western Govenors University, I am almost done if I woule quit procrastinating and write this last paper I would be done with my first term and then only 11 more credits to the BSN.

It is very doable, and I am able to work 3/4 to full time and keep up with my studies, they provide you with a mentor who you calls you every week to answer any questions you have and help you stay on track.

pacnwRN

pacnwRN

Specializes in Rural Nursing. 97 Posts

Thanks for the info- I know WGU is different in the way you pay for tuition, I was debating if it would be good to do it that way working full time. Glad to hear people have had some positive experiences- a lot of nurses in my area haven't heard of it so it's the first time I've heard anything first hand. I keep putting it off, it always seems like next year would be so convenient ;) better get to it..

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics. 1,316 Posts

With WGU it is around 3k per term, each term is 6 months long,because it is a work at your own pace if I had really pushed myself I could have been done within 6months, as I only had 23 credits. You have to do a minium of 12 credits in 6 months, but you can always do more. But it is a lot of paper writting which I hate. When reading some of the student threads some people have been able to finish in 6 months making the cost very affordable. I have been able to get the Pell grant and Stafford loans to cover the cost.

What had pushed me into getting the BSN, was my student loans were coming due from nursing school and I still didn't have a job yet, and going back was one way to delay the payments :rolleyes: but now I am glad that I did, because most of the hospitals in my area require the BSN, plus expereince, so now when the fresh batch of BSN nurses graduate, I will have the BSN, plus time working in a LTAC

roser13

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience. 6,504 Posts

in my area there are no bsn programs that accept men, so an adn and an online bsn are the only options.

i have to think that this is a typo. i hope that laxnurse comes back to clarify.