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Decision: ADN or BSN

ADN/BSN   (357 Views 5 Comments)
by WCSU1987 WCSU1987 (Member)

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Hi, I know this question must be played out!

Quick synopsis tried to go for nursing school few years back little succes. Promised the wife 4 years if no luck let's start a family. 

So we are on the road to having a family with a little one being born in October.

Right now my game plan is to clean my debt up and build my savings. My wife supports me trying again to get accepted into a nursing program.

I am planning not this Fall but next Fall to restart prerequisites and take 1 a Semester.

Then that leads to my initial initial question regarding ADN or BSN. The BSN has different prerequisites than the ADN program.

So the ADN program also is a lot more flexible for working families. You take 1 nursing class/clinical a semester compared to 2 or 3 for the BSN program.

I plan on taking a pay cut prior to starting nursing school by finding work closer to home and preferably look into finding a 12 hour night shift. So being a nurse quicker does seem like the best opition.

We have about 6 or 8 nursing homes near by where we live and 6 to 8 hospitals in a 30 mile radius. So that you have to add in to the equation.

Just hoping I can avoid microbiolgy again!

Appreciate the feedback.

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Sorry, but if you want to be a nurse, you won't be able to avoid microbiology. That is a prerequisite for almost all nursing programs.

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36 minutes ago, caliotter3 said:

Sorry, but if you want to be a nurse, you won't be able to avoid microbiology. That is a prerequisite for almost all nursing programs.

Lol no I already taken the prerequisite of Micro believe I got a B+ thin it is 2 years since I have taken it.

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I had no choice but to get my ADN as I was getting older and I was disqualified from any somewhat affordable BSN program because I failed a physiology class. Of course a BSN is better but some of us have to do what we can with the options we have. I graduated in May, passed the boards a few days ago and I am quickly learning that I won’t be able to work at a hospital with an ADN in San Diego and my only options are nursing homes. I am somewhat disappointed as the pay isn’t as great and it’s not my dream job but I will be making $30 an hour as opposed to $13 the same facility offered me as a CNA. Also the longer you work at a SNF, the harder (it’s almost impossible) it will be to move on to acute care. There are lots of things to consider such as the job market where you live, what your goals are , and how quickly you need to become a nurse. It’s personal for everyone.

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Where do you live?  In some places paying for more than an ADN is pointless as you will get the same jobs and same pay as BSN students, and the hospitals will pay for you to continue your education.  Some areas however it sounds like an ADN is more or less useless if you want to work in a hospital. 

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