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by tlp124 tlp124 (New Member) New Member

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Hi everyone 🙂 I'm currently considering applying for an ADN program and then doing an online bridge to BSN after I pass the NCLEX! My second choice would be applying for an ABSN program, but it's a lot more expensive and fast-paced. Do hospitals in California hire new ADNs? I heard that there isn't a big difference between ADNs and BSNs (for new grads), but I want to make sure that there's a chance that I'll get a job right after completing the program. Thanks for the help! 

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I work for a large teaching hospital in southern CA and we do not hire ADNs only BSN/MSN. I think smaller hospitals still do and for sure nursing homes/rehab.

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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Moved to the Nursing Career forum 

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NICUismylife is a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in NICU, RNC.

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Bakersfield hospitals hire new grad ADN nurses. 

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Banana nut has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-B.

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Ocgmc, wamc, anahiem global, anahiem regional,  hoag hospital, all  LA county hospitals,  saddleback/ long beach/ orange coast memorial i could keep naming a bunch more.... all hire ADN new grads. There's a lot more... 

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if you are going to do a ADN-BSN bridge program make sure it is not self supported. That means that you won’t be able to use ANY financial aid money because it is not state funded. You will have to take out student loans and or pay out of pocket. 

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i am going the ADN route as well. There are plenty of hospitals that hire ADN nurses in southern California literally just have to apply everywhere. Magnet hospitals tend to prefer BSN/MSN prepared nurses but some will hire you as long as you get your BSN within a certain amount of years. hope this helps and good luck.👍

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I got hired as anew grad at a county hospital in Southern California. There is a push for BSN educated RNs at magnet hospitals. I have friends that got into medsurg as new grads with their ADN; one didn’t even have prior work experience. I recommend doing the ADN because it’ll cost less. You may not always like the places you are eligible to get hired but you can use that as experience while getting your online BSN.

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nalie2 has 1 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN.

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I had no issue finding a job in Southern California with an ADN. I applied to a bunch of places thinking my options were limited, but I was wrong.

I recommend doing the ADN and then RN-BSN. I did that and got my BSN this year with zero debt.

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bay area is pretty hard right now rather it be a new grad adn or bsn. most hospitals here want you to have rn experience. There is new grad residencies at a couple of hospitals but some want you to have BSN. This is the issue im coming across. Im getting my experience at a SNF/rehb, as is alit of my class mates. been licensed and working 4 months,  graduated in december. A few get hospital jobs but you have to know somebody to get in.

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