Quote from doodlebug914
I just graduated with my BSN this spring. I'm working as a PCA2/Graduate Nurse at a local hospital until I take my boards... I am taking my HESI tomorrow at the college I graduated from. This is an 'exit' type of exam that we have to pass before taking our boards. I'm feeling down about not being able to pass and have this huge fear that I am not going to pass my boards!
Amidst my fear, I am questioning taking a role as an RN on floor nursing. It seems like most of the RN's on my floor have an associates degree, and I am questioning if I should be doing something different since I have my bachelor's? The pay is the same for an Assoc. or BSN, which doesn't make any sense to me. Just wondering what else is available that I might not be looking for, or what your opinions are!?
Another BSN student who just graduated as well was speaking with me, and said she wonders if the Assoc. degree RN's laugh thinking that we have wasted our time getting our BSN when we get the same pay/same responsibilities. Is this a big issue?
This is my take on it. I am going for an ADN first. Then once employed our local university has a RN to BSN program that is one night or day per week for one year. I am doing it this way on the advice of my godmother, who is an RN. She was an ADN for many years before getting her BSN and then her MSN. She has degenrative (sp?) disc disease and is now an educator for a local community college. She advised me to get an ADN first for financial reasons. Then to get an employer to pay for a BSN. She said in the first years it doesn't matter what your degree is in. Obviously, the exception would be if you want to go into a job that requires a BSN. At my kids school the nurse must have a BSN and I worked at a company that had a company nurse, who also had to be a BSN.
I would like to be a CNM one day and I look at it like this. I have to work in l&d for a few years to be able to get in the program and know what I am doing. Might as well work on my BSN at the same time.
But I am a stay-at-home mom who is anxious to get back to work in two years. If I were single I might have gone for the BSN first. Plus, the only financial aid I can get are loans. Not really interested in loans so I am paying out of pocket. The ADN program is about $3000 including books, uniforms, etc. Tuition alone for the BSN is $10,000 total not including books, uniforms, lab fees, etc.
I think what you do first just depends on where you are and what your goals are. At least your first step towards an advanced degree is out of the way if that is the way you decide to go. And when you have more experience you will get paid more for a BSN, according to my godmother. And your duties will be the same as the ADN nurse.
Congrats on you BSN and good luck with your boards.