Hello all! I need some advice

  1. Hello all! I need some advice.I am currently completing pre-reqs. i can't decide if i want to go to a bsn programor a diplomaprogram. which one willwork out better for me? i am only 18 and tuition is not a major obstacle. i know eventuallyone day i would like to get my masters but to be honest i am only interested in my immediate future. qany advice will be greatly appricaited
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Go for BSN; (I have AN ADN). Especially if you wish to obtain an MSN one day. It's worth the extra time and you will thank yourself later on. Think of the FUTURE not just NOW...it comes soon enough and you need to PLAN AHEAD. Good luck.
  4. by   baseline
    BSN, especially if you plan on going on for your MSN.
  5. by   emily_mom
    I'd do the BSN too, as you will save yourself time in the long run.

  6. by   Shell7280
    Definetely not the Diploma....... if you really don't want to do the BSN right now, go for your ADN at least, because there are many programs that you can go ADN-->MSN in a shorter amount of time. I got my ADN in May, but am still taking courses to get my BSN and MSN at the same time. I did it so I could go ahead and work making good money while I finished school.
  7. by   wv_nurse 2003
    most definitely the BSN--because as those of us who have been there can tell you---its much easier to complete it right off the bat than to go back too school once you have started working, gotten married, had a dozen (okay an exaggeration) children, etc. And best of luck to you!!!
  8. by   P_RN
    Add my voice to the choir. Good luck.
  9. by   RED_ALERT37
    Need the BSN to get the Masters or a BS in something to do a pathway to the Masters... Good Luck !!!
  10. by   2banurse
    Of course if it is your desire to go forward to get a masters degree, go for the BSN. I didn't realize that there are still diploma programs around. To be honest, if I had that option, I would go for the diploma program for the main reason of having a really indepth clinical experience. From what I understand, the diploma RNs have way more clinical hours. An RN is an RN is an RN, no matter which program. It all depends on your personal goals of furthering your education.

  11. by   giggly1977
    Go for your BSN. I went to a diploma school and regret it immensely. Yes I got alot of good clinical experience but now that I am trying to go back for my BSN, no one wants to except my credits which means I have to take all the same exact classes all over again. What a big pain in the toosh. So here I am sitting on the decision that I need to make at this time. Go for the Bachelor's, you won't regret it. Best of luck to you and God Bless!!!
  12. by   catrn10
    BSN, for all the above reasons
  13. by   cbs3143
    As a diploma nurse myself, I would definitely encourage you to go with the BSN. There will be opportunities open to you with a BSN that you won't have as a diploma nurse. Plus, as previously noted. if you are going on to a masters program, you should start with the BSN. Going back to school for a BSN while working as a nurse can be difficult. Get your BSN up front and then move forward.

    Best wishes on your education and your nursing career.

  14. by   ava'smomRN
    thanks everyone. iknew the bsn was the best choice but i needed assurance. i appreciate everyone's insight.