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LA County Jobs, ADN or BSN

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Hi everyone,

I am wondering how the job market is for new graduate RNs who have an ADN vs a BSN. I have been accepted to both types of programs and want to know if hospitals in this region are still hiring new ADN nurses, or do they prefer BSN candidates. I've been looking at the new grad nurse residencies at UCLA, USC, and others and they seem to prefer BSN candidates also.

The BSN program is a lot more expensive, but if it will give me an edge in the job market, I'll be willing to go for that route.

My general feeling is that if you want to stay in a metro area, work in acute care right off the bat (and do a residency), you should go for the BSN. How much more expensive is it?

The ADN route would be about $10k at a community college and with an RN-BSN would be an additional $15-18k. So about $28k for 3 years. I would be able to commute from home as well.

The BSN route would be at CSUSM and costs about $50k for 2 years. I also would have to move to Temecula so I would have to factor in the cost of housing which I would guess to be $15k.

My goal is to go into ICU/acute care nursing after doing a residency.

California has a reputation for not hiring new grads. Most want a couple years experience

California has a reputation for not hiring new grads. Most want a couple years experience

I would be applying specifically to new grad residency programs that have a longer orientation and additional classes to prepare new nurses for the floor, after which they will most likely hire you. Hospitals like UCLA and USC have these types of programs.