Quote from br107
thanks llg. its application time and i have to make choices. do you think i would build a more solid foundation by doing an adn program first, then doing a bridge to msn program later? i thought i heard somewhere (or read maybe) that adn students generally feel better about their clinical experiences than bsn, accel-bsn, and msn students.
If it were me, I would choose the MSN direct-entry route because it is the fastest and cheapest in the long run. If you get an ADN first or an accel-bsn ... then you will have to return to school later. So many people say they will do that, but then get side-tracked. I would go for the MSN right away if that were an option.
However ... as I indicated in my post above, graduates of those programs need to understand that they are not graduating with the same level of clinical expertise as the MSN graduates who took the "traditional" route. Those other MSN grads usually have years of clinical experience that help them qualify for leadership roles soon after graduation. The direct-entry MSN needs to get some work experience before they can be considered "equal" to the other MSN's out there in the workforce. So take a year or two and work as a staff nurse and get some experience before you expect to be considered an expert and/or resource for others.
The old wives tale that ADN and Diploma programs offer better clinicals is simply not true. It is true in some cases ... but not for every program. There are good programs and bad programs at every level -- and most programs are somewhere in between the two extremes. Some ADN programs are wonderful: others are horrible. Some BSN programs are wonderful: others are horrible. etc. etc. etc.
1. Go to the school that best meets your needs in the long run.
2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of whatever school (route) you choose. Be honest with yourself and realistic.
3. Learn as much as you can from what the school has to offer. Don't settle for mediocre performance. The patients don't want a nurse who "barely passed."
4. Compensate for the weak aspects of your program by taking advantage of learning opportunities outside your school experience. For example, if you go to an ADN program, understand that you will need to go back to school for more formal education before you can expect to advance your career. If you go to a program that has weak clinicals, make sure you get a job as a new grad that has a good orientation program that will give you the opportunity to learn the skills you need to do a good job. Take responsibility for your own learning and get yourself whatever it is that you need.