Enrolling in online RN to BSN after NCLEX: Should I work? - page 2

Dear Wondering if I Should Work, The answer to “Would (not working after I pass NCLEX) hinder me from getting a job?” is “ Yes, probably.” Waiting to start your career may very well hinder your... Read More

  1. by   fischek
    Oh my gosh, I am so happy I came upon this thread! I was wondering the same thing. I haven't started my actual RN program yet, but it is a dual-enrollment program, where you get your ADN from the community college (and can sit for the NCLEX), and you are also automatically enrolled in a state univerity BSN progam which starts the next sememster. It is NOT online however, and seems to be very much an in-person situation, taking a year and a half (due to it not going through the summer). So I would add to the OP's question...would it be best in this dual-enrollment situation to do the same thing as suggested above, or wait to take the NCLEX (which I think would not be a good option, as a lot of the BSN is more theory and leadership and other info could get rusty). The caveat is in my area it seems EVERYONE wants a BSN, regardless if it's in a hospital or not, so this worries me in trying to find a job as a new grad ADN. Should I add on a resumer that I am absolutely planning on getting a BSN? (which I am). You all are so helpful!
  2. by   Steffy44
    Get a job! Graduated from an ADN program in May and took NCLEX in August and passed. I then took the fall off to watch my son play his senior year of football and to finally take a break since I took no time off from retiring after 25 years in the Air Force. I did the job hunting starting in January and got hired in March with no prior nursing experience. I started my BSN program in August. I can't even imagine trying to do a BSN with zero practical, real, nursing experience. Nursing school does not give you enough foundation to really, truly, contribute to a great BSN experience.
  3. by   Steffy44
    Quote from maxthecat
    Aside from the issues of employability already discussed, you will find that an on-line BSN program will typically assume you are a working RN and assignments will be based on information you would be expected to gather from that experience.
    Very true. I started my BSN program 5 months after I started my first RN job. I couldn't imagine contributing a lot to the class with zero real nursing experience. It's hard enough with only a few months. I have a year under my belt now and still sometimes feel like I'm missing something.
  4. by   Lovekaylanicole
    I enrolled in an online only RN-BSN program right after finishing school and I think it helped me get my job. A lot of hospitals are Magnet or going Magnet and want to know that you're going to go back for it. I worked full time and did the program in 3 semesters, easily. I started school in august and work in september. If an assigment needed a real life experience and I didn't have one, I did a "what if". It's all about organization. Right when I got my due dates of assignments in the beginning of the semester I would put them all in my planner. Then I'd make my work schedule around that, knowing I need to get an assignment done if I work the 2 nights before it's due, etc.
  5. by   Lovekaylanicole
    Working full time and doing your RN-BSN is manageable. I don't have kids but I worked full time (3 12's per week) and did the program full time. It was only 3 semesters. The biggest thing is to stay organized. Once I got all of my due dates for the semester, I would put them in my planner and work around my due dates.