My sister in law has been at Baptist forever. First she started as an RN with an ADN then had Baptist pay for the rest. She now has an MSN and teaches on the side. But I am in Boca. So travelling to MDC is a bit of a drive. I'm willing to do it, though...if I get accepted into the accelerated ASN at MDC.
Every nurse I know: two sisters-in-law, my two best friends and others all say not to waste my time with the Associates because times have changed and there isn't a shortage of qualified nurses down here in S. Florida.
In fact, I've been told by several people that preceptorships are a thing of the past, and hospitals don't even want to train new grads. So, that is why I may shy away from the ASN. I still have at least 2 more semesters before I may apply to programs...so I'll see where I stand GPA-wise.
And if all the hospitals want a BSN, then I will keep my focus on that. This is how I see it: with SO many applicants down here, not just locals but also transients looking to move to sunny Florida....the applicant pool is overflowing. So the hiring folks that need to weed out hundreds of resumes for that one position will:
-weed out those with irrelevant experience in favor of those with relevant/specialized experience,
-will weed out new grads in favor of experienced nurses,
-will weed out ASNs in favor of BSNs.
So, why give an HR person another reason to weed me out? Might as well make myself as marketable as possible.