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ADN worth it in the Cleveland market?

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I am considering a career switch to become an RN. I am currently in real estate, with no other schooling, so I would have to start from the beginning with school.

As I am already 30 years old, I don't think I can wait 4 years for the BSN to start my career as an RN. I am considering doing an ADN program at a local community college (Tri-C or LCCC) and then doing an RN to BSN program while working.

I have heard that in the Cleveland area, most places are looking for BSNs only at this point. Would it be a waste to go for the ADN? I should mention that I am hoping for a job in women's health or peds, which are probably that much harder to get jobs in as it is.

Any advice/experience that anyone has, I would grateful for. Thank you

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BittyBabyGrower works as a Nurse of course!.

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I will be honest and tell you get your BSN, most of the big hospitals, especially magnet ones, will only hire BSN. Where I work, they won't even look at ADN apps.

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Molemedic has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Registered Nurse / Paramedic.

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For someone in your position I would recommend the ADN first. While you probably won't get the really good sought after spots you will land a job. It might be at a nursing home or clinic but you will get something. Once you're working you can pursue your BSN. Many employers are funding your education due to the huge push for BSN nurses.

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UH and CCF systems both require BSN. If you don't mind working in long term care go for the ADN.

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Thanks so much for the input everyone. LTC is probably not something I'd want to do long term. From what I hear, most LTC facilities are so poorly run and understaffed and the nurses there seem to really hate their jobs.

I almost wonder what the point of an ADN would be when I could just do the shorter LPN program to work at the same types of places. Definitely disheartening to hear, though it's pretty much what I suspected. Many things to think about! Makes me wish I would have had my head out of my butt in my 20s and gotten myself together sooner in life.

Are there any hospitals in the area of anyone knows of that do hire new ADNs?

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You might have to leave the Cleveland/Akron area. Try calling HR in Lorain/Elyria, Ashtabula, Canton area facilities.

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I live in the Cleveland area and a lot of people from my ADN class found jobs at CCF and UH. More so CCF though. So there are jobs out there. They do make you commit to getting your BSN within 5 yrs.

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a cardiac stepdown/progressive care.

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Agree. UH and CCF hire ADN's still as long as you get your BSN within 5 years. Metro and VA will require BSN's.

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While I respect LPNs, the current situation is that hospitals are not hiring LPNs, are requiring them to become RNs as a condition of continuing employment, or are demoting their LPNs to PCNA status/pay if they do not become RNs. Besides, being an LPN is a almost a guarantee that you'll work in LTC, at least initially. If you can afford the money and time (and you are NOT old, no matter what you think!), go for your BSN right from the start. If you can't afford either or both, become an ADN, but with the knowledge that you'll have to go back to school soon after graduation. This is how things are in the CLE market.

One more thing: ADNs definitely get hired by local hospitals, especially CCF. The job scene for new grads is loosening up. It was hard for new grads to get jobs after 2008, when the economy tanked and nurses who were near-ready to leave nursing decided to stay for financial reasons. Those nurses are 7 years older and ready to leave nursing now, plus the economy has improved in some areas.

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a cardiac stepdown/progressive care.

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Agreed. CCF is actually looking to hire more RN's this months and has several fairs to recruit RN's, with or without experience.

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The ADN vs. BSN debate has gotten a lot of attention (drama) on this site and there are many threads debating the merits between each road to an RN certification.

I am currently in an ADN program myself at Tri-C. I also work as a patient care tech and UH. I need to work full-time to support my family as do many of my classmates. The BSN road is one you need to do full time (not any part-time or evening/weekend options available in the Cleveland area). While I agree that a BSN degree is more marketable than an ADN degree, the clinic and UH are both hiring ADN new grads. Especially those with solid patient care experience.

I work in a float pool as a patient care tech at UH. UH has hired many new grads from Tri-C. To say that this health system is throwing away ADN applicants is pretty funny. The clinic and UH are hiring ADNs on most all of their inpatient floors - they just require you to get your BSN within 5 years. Metro is an exception however. You have to be in metro already to have them look at you with an ADN since they're just about BSN's only.

You have to do whatever is right for your situation. If you can give up the income and go back to school full-time the BSN will likely open more doors for you faster. But that's not to say that you couldn't get the same opportunities with an ADN. Especially if you get your foot in the door at one of these facilities and have them get to know that you're not a bum.

Good Luck!

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Right now CCF and UH are hiring like crazy it doesn't matter if you have an ADN or BSN. Things change quickly though so by the time you finish your ADN (most likely 3 years if you haven't done any pre reqs) it could change. I got my ADN and they wouldn't even talk to you until you passed your NCLEX. the group that graduated the semester after me all had jobs lined up pending nclex results. That's how quick things can change.

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