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Are DFW hospitals hiring ADNs?

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by kimmeyd kimmeyd (Member) Member

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I have been talking with some RN friends of mine and they have told me that the hospital job prospects for an ADN are falling. It seems that the hospitals prefer to hire BSNs rather than ADNs. Has anyone recently graduated from an ADN program and had any problems getting a job at a hospital in the DFW area? I just got accepted to an ADN program (Fall 09') and will definitely be finishing my BSN afterward but the main reason I chose the ADN program was to save myself $$. I was hoping of working in hospital and maybe getting them to eventually pay for my BSN... :D (I have a lot of student loans from UNT). Now I am questioning whether I should just finish my BSN first?!!?

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I just graduated from Tarrant County College with my ADN in May, and I had no problems finding a job. I only know of one person in my class who doesn't have a job, and that is because she hasn't started looking for one yet due to personal reasons. A lot of people in my class were hired by THR, Baylor, and JPS for a variety of positions. I know people in my class who were hired for Psych, Med/Surg, ICU, PCU, L&D, OR, etc.. I work for Harris Methodist. It is a wonderful place to work, and they will pay for your RN-BSN. They have a special deal with UT Arlington so that their ADN nurses can do the RN-BSN program there. They really encourage all of their nurses (RN and BSN) to continue their education. I think that most of the people in my class plan to finish an RN-BSN program. Many, including myself, have a bachelor's degree in another area and decided to get their ADN for reasons related to time and money. I got my ADN because I didn't want to add to the student loans I already have from my prior degree. Like you, I plan to get my BSN, but I am thankful that THR will pay for it. If you are able to go ahead and get your BSN, that is great and all the better for you, but if you decide to get your ADN first, I'm sure you will find a job. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

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