i was hoping some one could help me out deciding which would be the best idea
getting my adn now or bsn? is it worth getting the adn then going back for bsn? and what are the benefits of bsn?
thanks hope to hear from you
Oct 31, '02
In most communities, either degree (ADN or BSN) will get you a basic entry-level job in nursing. The questions is: What opportunities do you want to have 5, 10, 15 years from now? The BSN will help you get promotions and/or be qualified for some jobs that ADN graduates may not be eligible for. Many people going into nursing never stop and think about their lives in 15 years and the fact that they might want additional opportunities and/or the types of nursing jobs for which a BSN or even a Master's Degree are preferred. What is the likelihood that you will someday want a job that requires more education than an ADN. Only you can answer that ... but you may have to think long and hard about it.
Also, what EXACTLY are the nursing programs
like in your area? Some ADN programs are truly only 2 years in length. Others require so many pre-requisites that they take 3 full time years to complete. If your local ADN choices are going to take you 3 years to complete ... and you'll need to spend another 2 years or so getting your BSN ... that makes the route to the BSN a lot longer than it needs to be. If such is the case, it might be quicker and cheaper to get the BSN right from the start. But then, that's not true in every case. If your local ADN programs are only 2 years in length and there are good, reasonable BSN completion programs in your area .... then, starting with your ADN can make a lot of sense. With your ADN, you can get a job, earn an RN salary and let your employer help pay for your BSN with tuition reimbursement benefits.
As you can see from my comments above, there in no one single answer to your original question. A lot depends upon who you are as a person, your finances, what your career goals are, and what the nursing programs are like in your region.
Last edit by llg on Oct 31, '02