Greetings from Omaha, Ne.

  1. hello everybody! my name is cecilia, i'm 25 and a mother to four little boys, caleb is 6(almost 7), lucas is 4, landon is 3 and easton is 1. i just started college and am taking a couple prerequisites to become an rn. i heard that asn's and bsn get paid the same amount in omaha and it takes less time for an asn. i'm just wondering what the difference is. i know they take the same classes because they all take the same boards. i would like to get my degree as soon as possible because i have all these kiddos.

    but i'm just wondering what the better route is. i would love to work in the nicu, but having a asn, would i be able to? isn't the nicu more of a specialty? like i said, i just want to know the difference and i'm hoping for alittle help. thanks!
    Last edit by CeciliaKoz on Jun 15, '09
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Hi and welcome to the site

    I see you have also posted this in the NE state forum so hopefully you will get some answers
  4. by   tnbutterfly
    hello cecilia. welcome to allnurses.

  5. by   maryrjones
    glad to be the newbie! already liking the website.
  6. by   caliotter3
    There is additional education to get the BSN. The BSN is desirable because it is meant to be the entry level for professional nursing. If you get the BSN now, it will cost you less time and money in the long run, and you may be saving yourself some heartache and inconvenience in the future. Imagine yourself working as a staff nurse in a hospital with an ASN, fine and dandy. Then one day you receive a memo from HR stating that all nurses in your category must show a BSN degree by a deadline that is 24 months out in order to keep their jobs. There are actually people that something like this happens to and are not able to, or who choose not to, comply. They lose their jobs. You can prevent this by getting the BSN to begin with. Or another example. You are tooling along and decide you want to go into teaching. But the MSN program you desire to start requires one to have a BSN. There are other scenarios. If possible, just get the BSN out of the way now, then you don't have to worry about it down the road. Hey, and welcome to the site!
  7. by   RainDreamer
    Hi Cecilia, welcome to allnurses!

    Having an ASN makes you qualified to work in a NICU, at least in the unit I work in.

    Good luck to you!
  8. by   CeciliaKoz
    thank you guys for all your help! i'm still undecided on what to do. Some day I might want to be a Nurse Practioner, but that won't be till maybe 10-20 yrs down the road. thanks again