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  • Jun 10 '09

    Quote from JoI8815
    I know that wasn't the discussion but someone brought it up.
    I will cop to the fact that I brought up the classic AN "thread-killer" (i.e. bsn/adn) in my previous post, although I was only using it as an analogy inspired by the thread OP's comments regarding the extras gained by a private school vs. public school BSN.

    I think my general reply to the thread title would be..."it doesn't have to be 'off the chain'!"

    I seem to share the bewilderment of other posters regarding the existence of $100k BSN degrees. Honestly, without reading AN, I wouldn't really know such things existed.

    When I was looking into becoming an RN, there were three choices in my area: ADN at well-respected CC, established BSN at state U, and new BSN at state college. I took the state U as I was technically still enrolled there after completing my first degree, and because I could start a semester earlier than at the CC. Being pretty conservative with my $$, I felt a bit foolish for spending about double in tuition vs. the ADN for the same license. In a way, I still do (especially when I check my student loan balances)...maybe I'm projecting that feeling into this thread, I don't know.

    As I was finishing my program, three new private school nursing programs were being created in my locale: two BSN programs and an ADN. The private school ADN tuition runs about 30k if I remember correctly (about double my BSN cost), and the two BSN programs run ~50-60K each. I thought all of those costs were madness, although I have since learned that those numbers can match state school tuition costs in other places.

    For me (and apparently others as well), it does come down to the thorny "for just an RN" idea. It's a tough one to verbalize without being offensive, but generally boils down to "you are going to spend $100k to be a nurse?!?!?" I'm trying to step lightly around this, less for fear of bruising any feelings, and more out of my own aversion to telling anyone else how to spend their own money. There are many things that people spend $$ on that I find silly or extravagent, but I certainly don't have any desire to say that my values must be shared by anyone else.

    I've shared this concept elsewhere on this board, but my personal route to maximising my nursing would revolve less around what school was attended or what degree was achieved. Rather, it would be more like: study everything possible while in school, go all out in both the classroom and (especially) the clinical setting to get the most out of your education. Get that RN and get a job. Once you're working (and past that first tough 1-2 years), start soaking up the CEUs and certifications, and continue mastering your day-to-day clinical skills. In my opinion, this is where the true nurse experts and leaders are created.

    All that being said, it is your life and your money. I have no interest in telling anyone how to live that life or spend that money.

  • Jun 10 '09

    I had to post another post.

    DON'T DO THIS!!!!!!

    It's absolutely insane that you would even consider $100k for an RN. That just.......................boggles my mind.

  • Jun 10 '09

    Whyyyyyyyyy are you doing this to yourself? You'll be over 100,000 in debt, and you'll only have your RN. It's just not justifiable sweetie. You'll never be able to pay that back. Take a few years and do the JC route. I did the JC route for my RN and it only cost me about $3,000 total, for the 2 years. Then, if you'd like, you can go get your BSN at a cheap state university for about $10,000 total. Grad nursing schools don't care WHERE your diploma comes from as long as it is accredited. They care about your grades.

    An RN salary is not worth $100,000 of school loan debt. Not even close. That's something an MD would do, not an RN. I hope you really think this through before you proceed. Think with your mind, and NOT your emotions.