BSN vs ADN in Cleveland/Akron Area

  1. Hello,

    I've heard a lot of conflicting information but I am wondering what the general consensus is in terms of new grad jobs for ADNs? Are the BSNs pretty much monopolizing the job market now since local hospitals seem to prefer them (and I've heard that in Akron/Kent it is even worse and that they are pretty much only taking BSNs at all unless you want to work in a nursing home)?

    Next semester is my last semester of pre-reqs (according to BSN requirements, I'm done with the ADN pre-reqs) and I'm sending out applications and I'm not really sure which route I should be leaning toward. I currently live in Cleveland but will be out closer to Akron/Kent most likely as of next Fall due to my husband's school. I know I should be able to get in at Tri-C for Fall 2014 and that the ADN would have me finishing a lot quicker (which would be nice if there ARE jobs available because we could use the income while I do an RN-BSN) and for a lot cheaper. I also like that Tri-C has evening/weekend offerings as well as daytime offerings.

    I definitely want my BSN as my long-term goal is to become a CNM down the road and I can see how it is becoming a lot easier for BSNs to get jobs than ADNs. For BSN, I was looking at Kent State or the University of Akron. I'm hoping some of you who are more experienced in this area may be able to offer me some guidance and advice. The choice I make will somewhat affect which classes I end up taking next semester as well (currently at Tri-C).

    ETA: Not sure if this is relevant or makes a difference but I thought to add that I'm mainly interested in working more of a specialty (primarily L&D, antepartum...etc or peds) so I'm not sure if that is something to take into consideration in terms of job availability for a BSN vs ADN.

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   OUxPhys
    Hospitals are starting to gear towards a mandatory BSN. I know UH will hire ADN's as long as they get their BSN within 5 years. Not sure what Metro or CC's current policy is. My guess is it is similar.
  4. by   delilas
    Ohio as a whole is going for "BSN in 10" and trying to get as many nurses as possible BSN prepared. Regardless, BSN is the way to go. I did my nursing in 3 steps (LPN, RN, BSN), so either way you go about it is fine, as long as you understand that progressing past floor nurse will, in most facilities, require a BSN.
  5. by   twinner05
    You'll be at a disadvantage being a new grad rn at tri c. Its not a good nursing school. They lost there accreditation. Even though they may have got it back recently it still is not a good program. If you want to work at a big hospital like the clinic, akron general, summa you need your bsn. An adn will get you a job at small hospitals.
  6. by   NicuGal
    Metro is hiring almost BSN exclusively. CCF is also.
  7. by   larma
    twinner05, whats your basis of Tri-c not being a good nursing school? Did you go there? Just curious, no offense applied, but if people are weighing their options; seems like a good idea to give a reason why they are not a good school.
  8. by   ckuczynski
    I am a PCNA in the float pool at CC main campus, and there were mostly ADN nurses in my orientation in October 2013. A majority went to Tri-C. I have also met a lot of Tri-C grads all over main campus.
  9. by   RNinCLE
    CCF will hire ADNs, and requires a BSN within 5 years. But that's as of today. By the time you graduate, who knows if they will have changed that (though that goes for any hospital).
    I currently have my ADN, but will be finished with my BSN this fall. I know several new nurses who have their ADN who are working at main campus or Hillcrest. When I went to move to a new position here, they were pleased to see I was already started on my BSN - that was good enough.
    For any of the hospital systems, if you can manage to get a PCNA position while in nursing school, it will help you greatly in getting a position there at graduation - whether it's an ADN or BSN.