ADN --> other Bachelors?

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hello all~

i'm curious to know; when i finish my adn, can i go forward to get my bachelors in biology (or something else?).

once i become a registered nurse, i'm thinking about getting my bachelors in biology, finance/math, public health, or some other degree (i can't make up my mind yet :)). i'm wondering if that is possible and if it will count against me, should i ever want to go back to become a crna or a nurse practitioner. would i need to start all over again?

also, i'm curious to know if having a bachelors, in general, will help me to advance as an rn in the workforce. to be 100% honest, i'm not looking to take over more responsibilities or become a charge/head nurse or anything like that- but it would be nice to know if it's a possiblity or not, to begin with.

i also have this silly idea that once i become an rn, i will complete my bachelors in biology (another love of mine) and perhaps, one day, for my very own mere self fulfillment, look into medical school.hey, we're allowed to bask in our reverie right?

is this even a possibility?..or would i need to start all over to complete my bachelors in biology? i had this idea that, if i had my associates, i could go the extra 2 years and complete my bachelors in something else. it's not that i don't love nursing..i just want to learn so many different things in life..and my bachelors, even, for the most part, will mostly be completed for my own self fulfillment...i may not even use it later in life.

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ps. i know my mind is all over the place in regards to different directions i would like to take in regards to advancing my education...so if you find this confusing, forgive me!

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Di Deanna

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changeofpaceRN

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I have my ADN and I'm getting my BAS in Health Administration/Public Health with an emphasis on Human Services. I don't want to be a floor nurse nor do I want a charge nurse or other type of position like that in a hospital. I also have no interest in being a FNP or any other "advanced" nurse.

I wanted to do more of the desk work- behind the scenes, insurance. legal, public health type field with my nursing degree. ALL of the jobs that I am looking forward to getting one day (when I have more experience) all say BSN OR other Bachelor's in a Health Related Field. I didn't want to be too focused on nursing in general- I wanted a broader degree so I can focus on what I like. I wanted to be a FNP once upon a time and there are a decent amount of programs that allow you to jump from ADN-FNP. If that doesn't work, a 2nd bachelor's in nursing shouldn't take as long if you already have a BS in something else. I currently have a job in public health and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it so I know this was the right choice for ME.

Di Deanna

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i have my adn and i'm getting my bas in health administration/public health with an emphasis on human services. i don't want to be a floor nurse nor do i want a charge nurse or other type of position like that in a hospital. i also have no interest in being a fnp or any other "advanced" nurse.

i wanted to do more of the desk work- behind the scenes, insurance. legal, public health type field with my nursing degree. all of the jobs that i am looking forward to getting one day (when i have more experience) all say bsn or other bachelor's in a health related field. i didn't want to be too focused on nursing in general- i wanted a broader degree so i can focus on what i like. i wanted to be a fnp once upon a time and there are a decent amount of programs that allow you to jump from adn-fnp. if that doesn't work, a 2nd bachelor's in nursing shouldn't take as long if you already have a bs in something else. i currently have a job in public health and i love love love it so i know this was the right choice for me.

that sounds awesome. is the college taking your associates in nursing (and counting it off as your first two years) and just allowing you to finish 2 more years for your bachelors?

my concern is that i will apply to a biology program and get in, then find out i must complete extra classes in between. perhaps one or two is fine..but hopefully not more than a semester, if i already have my adn ya know?

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Well to a 4 year school your ADN would be no different than any other associates degree.

I got my associates in Biology, then went to the university and got my bachelors in Nursing. It basically counted for my first 2 years.

But to find out how it would work at your school you would have to speak with an advisor. Good luck!

Di Deanna

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ahhh..that is great to "hear" ;).

i am actually already contacting quite a few colleges to ask

them if their particular program will accept a transfer from

the program i am interested in, to their biology program.

awesomeness! :D

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rnto?

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Go for it! You'll have a great background as a nurse, and I don't think anyone in their right mind would hold education against you.

I WISH that I would have pursued a double major in biology(my original plan) when I did my BSN. I have since decided to go to med school and have about 2 years worth of pre-reqs to take.

Di Deanna

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go for it! you'll have a great background as a nurse, and i don't think anyone in their right mind would hold education against you.

i wish that i would have pursued a double major in biology(my original plan) when i did my bsn. i have since decided to go to med school and have about 2 years worth of pre-reqs to take.

that's my idea too ;). i may be getting head over heels, because i really do not know what the future holds.

but i would like for it to be an option for me, just in case i ever wish to pursue it...whether it be when i am

27 or even 40....it's never too late :D.

i may continue with college after my bachelors in biology...or i might not. i know that i want my first child by the

time i am 30, so that alone changes the perspective of everything. my guy & i are also keen on the idea of starting our own business. so whatever it meant to happen, will happen, i suppose. even if it means that we are all living in tents in the wilderness and observing nature! lol :redpinkhe

all i know is- nothing comes before my happiness (and by that i mean god, family, etc.) :) so what's meant to fit in my life plan...will.

how many years have you been in college now? in 2 years will you take the mcat & look into medical schools? :)

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