Published Aug 14, 2015
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The ADN can be just the first step in a number of possible paths. Mine was- went to work full-time, completed BSN part-time, went to anesthesia school, went to work full-time, completed PhD while working. You have no idea what the future will hold but starting with the ADN is a smart move.
nurseprnRN, BSN, RN
If you were 18, I'd say go direct to the 4-year BSN and be done with it. In your situation, I'd say don't delay-- take that ADN acceptance letter and proceed with wings on your feet! Good luck!
Do not listen to what others have to say about your education. I worked with as an RN with an ADN for 11 years before going back for my BSN. I am currently a week and a half away from completing my MSN. Everyone enters the nursing profession from the point that is manageable for them. I was no less valuable as an RN with an ADN than I am now with more advanced education. My additional education has allowed me to pursue a career as a nurse educator and I am happy to say I will start my first position working as a part-time instructor for a nursing program at the end of the month. However, if I had been content to stay at the bedside I would have probably been much less likely to ever pursue additional education as where I work nurses are not payed more for advanced degrees. You are the only one who can decide which educational path is for you. Good luck
Horseshoe, BSN, RN
It's odd that the OP has basically hit and run. Her other posts make her seem legit.
I received my ADN last Dec. My base salary is the same as BSN graduate. Moreover, I had no problem finding a job. As a matter of fact, I got 4/5 offers from the interview I had.
It is not a waste of time to get your ADN, you're still becoming a nurse. Block out what others say. This is your career and your dream. Good luck!
Why?!?!?!?.....Keep your seat. I know right now the BSN is "in" right now and some hospitals might be exclusionary and won't hire ADN new grad nurses, but you will without a doubt not regret getting your ADN. I'm 100% glad I didn't shell out thousands of dollars for a BSN or entry level MSN degree (I have a previous degree)
I just graduated with my ADN this past May, passed the NCLEX with 75 questions, and found a job at an extremely prestigious Hospital in Cleveland. I applied for a RN-BSN program before I graduated so I could put on my resume that I would be matriculating into a BSN program.
KEEP YOUR SEAT!
Do not let other people's opinions discourage you from doing what you want to do. I am in the same boat as you. I am a mother and I too will we be entering an associates program in nursing. I just do not have the time to earn a BSN right now, but I know this will be a great stepping stone towards it. Regardless, you WILL become an RN. SO GO FOR IT! Do what works best for you and I wish you the best of luck :)
Not a waste at all. If this is what you want to do, control YOUR life and do it!
I have an ADN and just got hired in my dream dept. I was told that most of best clinical nurses they have were ADN's first. Getting your ADN really pushes you clinically in a shorter amount of time. Go back later and sign up for a RN-BSN program online while you work. It's your choice really. Do you want this? If you do then how badly because if it were me I would have told them to stick it somewhere.
Not a waste of time! At the end you can sit for nclex and get a job!!!!
I did my LVN then ADN then BSN then MSN, I couldn't go straight through because I had to work. It worked out great for me!
This is the route I'm going, and I'm very pleased with my decision.
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