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Is it really worth it to get your bachelor in today's economy?


I'm thinking about starting a bsn-rn program,the reason for that is the hospitals in my state are not hiring and I work part-time in a home health care so I have some time on my hands although I'm planning to look for a second job in addition to working in a home health care (basically I want to have two jobs like maybe one in a doctor office and then keep my home health care)....also I would like get my bachelors since I havent been out of school that long (only since may 2009) I dont have any kid,I'm not married I live with my mom and have two dogs:)))) So pretty much I have some time on my hands but I know that with having two jobs (as I'm planning to have,one full time and a second home health job as part time) and full time school for bachelors I will be insanely busy?! Is it doable?!Also I hear it is easier to land a hospital job with a bachelor degree..I have seen many ads where it says Bachelor preffered but then again I have met some BSN new grads from good reputable school who cant find jobs,then again I'm sure it is easier to get in one of those new grad programs right.I feel that now my priority is find a good job and getting a nursing experience but with this economy I feel that I might as well go back to school.I wasted one year and by now I would arleady have had half of my bachelor and since I cant find a full time hospital job I feel like I wasted so much of time whereas I could be working toward my education,then again I'm afraid to comitt to a two year program study,what if a good hospital job comes along (one can dream right?) and I will get all those loans for my bachelors and then I fail the classes??? Are there any nurses out there who managed to work full time (and also had another part time job) and managed to finished RN-BS program (online).Did your life changed after that,did your career took a better turn>was it worth it?

Get the BSN. There may come a time when you will thank your lucky stars that you got this out of the way now, rather than leave it on a forever back burner.


Specializes in TELEMETRY. Has 12 years experience.

Having a BSN would make you more valuable... I think you should get it if you can.. the more education you have the better.

Only get it if the company you work for would be willing to pay for it or you can pay for it without taking school loans out.


Specializes in Psych, Informatics, Biostatistics. Has 25 years experience.

I suggest U get it as fast as possible and as cheaply as U can. I wish I had of done it years ago.

tyvin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice / Psych / RNAC.

Economy or not go for the BSN.

Oh hunny of curse you should get BSN it stands for Brilliant Sexy Nurse!!LOL

Hospice Nurse LPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Hospice. Has 15 years experience.

Go for it! I don't know about being in school and working all those hours, though. I work only 2 days/week plus call with a full class schedule. I know I'm wishing I'd done this when I was much younger. Good luck!


Specializes in L&D,Wound Care, SNC. Has 10 years experience.

Economy or not go for the BSN.

YES! Especially since you don't have kids right now. I completed mine in Dec 2009. My daughter was a toddler at the time. I also worked full time. I struggled a lot and wanted to drop out every time I started a new class and it got tough. I'm glad I didn't.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Education is never wasted. Getting a BSN and perhaps an MSN will give you more flexibility as you age and as your career ages.

You are young, then go for it.

I'm an ADN, my second degree. I look at it differently. Unless I have some sort of financial incentive I won't pursue anything further in nursing. I'd have to have some sort of employer tuition assist as I am not one to take out any more loans. My first degree is from a big ten U. (with loans I paid off) and my second was a community college and I paid cash. Employers in my area have cut tuition reimbursement programs for the most part, and it doesn't seem to matter if you have a BSN or not, they just want you to have got a few years experience on some "other" facility's tab. Don't get me wrong I love to learn, it's just that I am old enough to look at how much it costs if it is work related, and if work related I have to see gain from it.


Specializes in M/S; LTAC.

Get your BSN. I am finishing mine, and wish I had not waited this long. It is doable working full-time, but you pretty much lose your social life, especially those with kids that take priority. You will never regret it, and will be glad to have it some day as it may give you more options in the job market.


Specializes in Critical Care, Nsg QA. Has 28 years experience.

Get the BSN. I had a bachelor's in business and went back to earn my BSN (this was over 20 years ago and there wasn't any discussion of ADN vs BSN). I worked critical care straight out of school, and when I wanted to leave the bedside, my BSN put me at the top of the hire list. Glad I had my BSN.

I never thought I'd go back to school (maybe even swore it off), but here I am completing my MSN. It would have been much tougher, longer, and prehaps off-putting if I didn't have the BSN.

Go for the BSN. You won't regret it. I promise.

Agree with onaclearday because that's my experience. That said, my present CNO has made it clear that she will promote based on education and not experience. Elitist, yes, deluded, in my opinion, most certainly. I'm not trying to rub anyone the wrong way, really- when I say that some of the worst nurses I work with now or have worked with in the past, are the most educated, pursuing or have received their Bachelors or Masters. More time at the bedside learning clinical skills and practicing patient care would have been a clear plus, if one is going to be that member of management who tells everyone how to do their jobs, who develops even more policies and, sigh... more places to chart and rechart.

But like I said, just my opinion.

Yes I agree, don't procrastinate. It will be rough at times, but it's doable. The tuition won't be as cheap as it is right now. :)

Go for it. Empower yourself. Get your BSN. I've notice the job ads. BSN preferred, then have certification doesn't hurt. It's an investment to see other titles behind your name.

Get it - this economy won't last forever and there are predictions of a shortage in 5 years when my generation finally hangs it up. Additionally, a BSN will make you more marketable for nonhospital nursing jobs.