Desperately need advice please help!!!

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by skittles, GN (New) New

I just graduated my ADN program, I have thought long and hard about it and I'm pretty sure that I am going to go right back to school full time and do the RN to BSN program, I most likely will not work because alot of hospitals dont want to hire a new grad only part time or PRN and I don't want to work full time along with school full time. Does anyone know anyone who has gone straight out of nursing school to get their bachelors and then found a job afterwards?

alot of people have told me its a good idea, I even asked the nsna about it but I have never heard of anyone who has actually done the RN to BSN without working

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 224 Articles; 27,608 Posts

Your plan equates to potential career suicide.

My advice is to get any nursing job you can possibly obtain after passing NCLEX, even if it is full-time. If you go without working the next couple of years, you will not be eligible for new grad programs because you will already have been licensed for two years. In addition, managers and recruiters are going to wonder why you didn't get a job once you graduated from your ADN program. Many hiring managers will view you as the old-new grad, as well as a potential liability.

I recently completed an online RN-to-BSN program in 10 months while working full-time 12-hour night shifts. Managing work and school was ridiculously easy.

My advice is to get a licensed nursing job ASAP, and work while you complete your BSN. Good luck to you.

LittleCandles

195 Posts

You know nurses work in other places besides hospitals and you can probably easily find an every other weekend job or per Diem.

L♡vER

143 Posts

Congrats on graduating ADN! What is your long term goal? May I also inquire about your age? I'm not understanding this rush to BSN trumping real world experience as a working nurse. What is the benefit?

Why not work full time, gain actual experience and while you're at it, use your facilities tuition reimbursement program to get the BSN? Just some food for thought. Best of luck.

skittles, GN

14 Posts

I just graduated with my ADN, I would like to start getting my RN to BSN as soon as I pass boards. The thing is that I will probably not be working until I get my bachelors degree because alot of hospitals wont hire new RNs part time or PRN and I don't feel like I would be able to give 100% if I did full time school and work.

I have asked the nsna and they said alot of people dont work while doing RN to BSN and that it wasn't a bad idea but I have heard mixed feedback, I was wondering if I am making a good choice by doing so, and if anyone knows someone who has taken this route???

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 224 Articles; 27,608 Posts

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skittles, GN

14 Posts

Well I still have to take a lot of prerequisites that would take up a lot of my time.. I was recently offered an interview with home health part time but I don't think I would feel comfortable home health as a new nurse.

I definitely do not want to be seen as a liability so I will put finding a job first...I just wanted toget my bsn as quickly as possible so I wouldn't have to worry about it and I could devote myself more to working when I was finished. I also would lose pell grants but I could probably save up or get student loans.

skittles, GN

14 Posts

I am 22 by the way and a single mom so having time for full time job and full time school does not seem like it would work for me

tsm007

Has 2 years experience. 675 Posts

I don't think you are too far off with your thinking, but I would get a job. Why not look at nursing homes or places outside the hospital? I just took a job every other weekend. Something like that would give you experience and still keep you free to go to school. Secondly, there are online RN to BSN programs. Most require you to be working. They are way more flexible than traditional programs and honestly I think you could work (even full time) and do them.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience. 4,368 Posts

Do the BSN part-time while you gain work experience.

skittles, GN

14 Posts

Wow where did you find an every other weekend job? That would be perfect

skittles, GN

14 Posts

Do you have to do school full time in order to get tuition reimbursement? I know you have to work full time