ADN is fine? - page 2

Hello, I'm a student at UNH in Durham, NH. I am currently on a pre-nursing track to get a BSN. This is going to take me five years, as I had some trouble finding what I truly wanted to do. ... Read More

  1. by   arciedee
    mtruland, another thing to keep in mind as an option is that UNH's nursing department has started a bunch of "3+1" articulation agreements with the NHCTC schools (not all of them, though, I believe they're in Stratham, Manchester, NHTI, Nashua, and Colebrook) where you get your associate's degree from the Tech while completing your gen eds (so it takes 3 years) and then you transfer to UNH for the final year to get the BS. Though keep in mind, too, that the NH has the highest community college tuition in the country.
  2. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    I am currently a paramedic and a nursing student at NHTI, Concord. I decided to go with my ADN first becuse 1) I want to make sure I like nursing before I invest a lot more money and time into it 2) I would rather work as an RN for an extra 2 years or so while obtaining my BSN 3) I can always go back.

  3. by   mtruland
    Excellent. Thanks for the help.
  4. by   LaborNurse1
    Quote from mtruland

    I'm a student at UNH in Durham, NH. I am currently on a pre-nursing track to get a BSN. This is going to take me five years, as I had some trouble finding what I truly wanted to do.

    Through my work on my local ambulance as an EMT, I have decided that I want to work somewhere in the medical field (Most likely flight Nurse or Paramedic). I was wondering if getting a BSN is totally worth it. I realize that I have the option to get it later, which I would plan to do anyways. What is your opinion on this topic. What should I do? 5 years and get BSN, or 2 and get ADN? Also, how are those online RN-BSN programs, and are they worth it???
    I'm not sure if flight nursing requires a 4 year degree, but I would guess that they do given that it is a competetive field. However, I did the ADN, began working as an RN while continuing on for my BS. I highly recommend that route, so long as people really do go through for the 4 year degree. I found that working as an RN with the ADN while going to school for the BS was highly beneficial. I made good money (the same amount as the 4 year degree RN's) that paid my way through school.

    I think the online programs are great for the RN to BS/N. Basically, you are just fulfilling pre-req's and do some community stuff. Much less intensive, in my opinion, and therefore less intimadating to do online.
  5. by   mtruland
    I know quite a few people with ADNs who work as flight nurses. All they needed are RN certs and all of the other ALS certs.
  6. by   fairytattoo
    I'm an ADN and had only 12,000 in student loans to pay back as opposed to the 100,000+ alot of the BSN nurses I work with have to pay back, and we make the same wage. I work in a NICU and there are varying levels of experience in the staff, but the pay scale is exactly the same for everyone. The hospital I work at has a tuition reimbursement program, but it definately would'nt pay for the whole BSN program, although they are looking into full reimbursement in our area.

    As far as the flight nurse thing, from what I understand, there are waiting lists and you have to have so many years critical care/ED experience before they will even consider you. At least that' s the way it is around here.
  7. by   Blove86
    WOW, I feel like the cheesy one, lol. Since I just got accepted to A BSN program, once I graduate I will will start str8 out as an RN with a BSN. But I do have a question: What is a Nurse Tech and when is a nursing student able to apply for a position?
  8. by   nursey_nurse
    I just graduated last year with my ADN and now just finishing up my first semester in the RN-BSN program. I gotta say that this was the best decision for me. I already have almost one year of experience under my belt. The RN-BSN program is a piece of cake, since I love to write and do 10-15 pages of research assignments. PLUS, I'm earning more money than most of my classmates in the university lol. My employer has a tuition reimbursement cap of $2,000/year which is fine with me. I would rather have something than nothing at all. Goodluck and weigh the pros and cons
    Doing the ASN to BSN complete long distance thing.. Still able to work more than fulltime and complete the course. Plus hospital floats some of the bill. We have a group of Jr's from a BSN program doing clinicals at my hospital and they asked me about the ASN to BSN fast track that I'm doing, they all got pissed and complained to me that it was'nt fair that they had to go through all that school crap and I get to do my assignments at home or at work.
  10. by   bigsyis
    Absolutely do the ADN and Paramedic thing. You can go anywhere and do almost anything with that combo, except teach. You can always top off the ADN with a BSN and Masters later on.
    BTW, I was an LPN who bridged to RN, and later became a State-Certified Firefighter/First Responder. Because I was a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) my County allowed me to function as a Paramedic, when responding to calls.
    Best of luck to you!
  11. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from Tweety
    Good reasons all.

    But just to clarify that in a lot of parts of the country it's not a "free BSN". Employers usually have a cap on what they pay. My employer pays $2300/year tuition reimbursement. Most other folks in my class have a similar cap. Depending on the school it may indeed be "free" but usually there's some out of pocket expenses, especially if you go the online route.
    And not only the cap - generally you "owe" the employer "time" in exchange for money. i.e. - they contribute X amount of tuition dollars to your BSN, and you owe them a year for each academic year they pay for/partially pay for, or something similar.

    Read the fine print carefully, or you could end up overly obligated to someplace you hate.
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Tweety
    Employers usually have a cap on what they pay. My employer pays $2300/year tuition reimbursement. Most other folks in my class have a similar cap.
    Yep, my employer pays $1,000 yearly as a tuition reimbursement. That will barely pay for the books and school supplies, and it sure isn't enough to cover the cost of the classes.
  13. by   nursetobein2010
    I am in the same boat - trying to figure out what to do!!! I already have a BA (Music) but I am not interested in doing an Accelerated BSN program as I am having a child this fall and don't think I could a handle an intense 12 month program. I am applying for programs for Fall 2008 and am torn between BSN and ADN programs. Because of my family plans, I am leaning more toward the ADN programs (so much cheaper, perhaps a little easier, etc). However, so many people have told me that the BSN is the way to go and I'll regret it if I don't do it now. But then again, reading through this forum, it sounds relatively painless to pick up a BSN later. What is the work load like? I would want to continue working while picking up the BSN later - would this be feasible with a child and a life in addition to job and school?

    So many choices to make! Glad to have found this forum.