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ADN or BSN...how much does it really matter?

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by mom23boyz mom23boyz (Member) Member

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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 am 36 years old, living in the DC metro area, and want to start earning a salary. 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!

Nikki

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ChristineN is a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatric/Adolescent, Med-Surg.

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I'm a nurse in the DC metro area (I work in both Northern Virginia as well as DC) and I can tell you it is very hard for new grads that do not have a BSN to get their foot in the door at area hospitals. Some hospitals will consider you if you were a nurse's aide or intern there during nursing school, otherwise you're out of luck. Most hospitals will consider nurses without a BSN that have experience, but not new grads.

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