14 months on waitlist; more delays in store


I've been on the wait list for 14 months (not a competitive program). I've finished up all of my pre and co-reqs and by my estimation my turn should roll around in the spring. However, I just received a letter saying that there will be more delays due to a new concurrent enrollement program being implimented. This will allow students to get their ADN while also working towards their BSN, and this program will diminish the number of openings for those of us already on the wait list.

My concern (aside from continuing to age as I wait, and wait) is that the letter mentioned that there is more of a demand for nurses with a BSN. Is this true? I am a divorced mom who will have to continue working at least part time while I'm in school and I simply cannot imagine pulling off the normal RN (ASN) program in addition to taking classes at the university as well.

If I stick with my original plan of getting my ASN and then going on to get my BSN at a later time, am I shooting myself in the foot? Will I have a harder time than average finding a job? Ugh, I'm so confused and frustrated.:confused:


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Sounds to me like they are trying to drum up business for the new program, although there are advantages to the BSN route. But if that was what you wanted, you would have done that on your own, from the beginning. At least the letter was sent. But I do believe that it is an under the table, low threat, form of coercion. Go with your original plans unless you see a reason to change them.


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I appreciate your comment. That's the impression that I get as well. Thank you.

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In some parts of the country, it has been hard for ADN graduates to be hired in hospital settings. Here in central Virginia, I have encountered many ADN grads who have been looking for 6-12 months for inpatient positions. Long-term care and skilled nursing facilties will hire ADNs, but not the hospitals. For this reason, some of the community colleges are decreasing the size of their incoming classes up to 1/3. I have heard similar stories in areas up and down the Northeast corridor (DC - Boston) where BSN grads usually get preference in hiring at the hospitals.

The employment situation varies greatly, so I would encourage you to ask around with the employers in your locale.