Quote from Maisie
I am nearing 50 and am trying to decide between entering a ADN or a BSN program. How long does it take a nurse with a BSN degree to advance to position open only to those with the BSN degree? I see no point in spending additional years going for a higher degree when it could take many of experence to progress to a higher level once I am a nurse.
I really want to know should I in my late 40's spend the additional money for advanced degrees?
Everyone is different. For me, in my mid-40s, I opted for an associates degree. I wanted the flexibility that the local community college offers. I also wanted more clinical time, and in my area, the community college program offers more clinical time than the local university. I don't really feel the need to advance up into management, so an associates degree is fine. Again, where I live, other than nurse managers, or patient care directors, there isn't anywhere that is closed off to an associate's degree nurse. Critical care, ER, CCUs all take associates degree nurses here, probably due to the shortage. Most of the techs and EMTs around here go the associates degree route as well. I figure that if I get out there and work for awhile, and find that I want to continue my education, I'll do it, but the facility will be paying for it as a benefit...which they all do. I also already have a bachelor's degree...in a totally unrelated field...but can do an RN-MSN bridge program down the road. You just need to analyze your long term plan and current situation in terms of the time and money you have to offer a program. Good luck!