Landing a job with an ADN?

  1. I finally decided that nursing is what I want to do and I want to get working as soon as possible and move out of my parents house (I'm 25). So I plan on going to my local community college in Huntington Beach, CA (Golden West College) and get my ADN. I want to either get a job in southern California or in the Phoenix, AZ area after I graduate. Will I even be able to find a nursing job with just an ADN these days? Also what kind of starting pay am I looking at? Thanks for your help.
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    ADNs are preferred in some settings. Less likely to quit within two years to go to anesthesia school or become an NP.
  4. by   TruvyNurse
    You'll find a job. Yes some places PREFER a BSN but plenty of ADN grads are getting great jobs. Pay will depend where you land. Good luck
  5. by   Devnation
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    ADNs are preferred in some settings. Less likely to quit within two years to go to anesthesia school or become an NP.
    I can't speak to Arizona or California, but I have not seen a hospital anywhere in my area (East Coast Mid-Atlantic) that prefers ADN to BSN on any unit. ADNs can get jobs here, but BSNs are preferred. Many of the hospitals in my area offer tuition benefits for RN-to-BSN and graduate degrees.
  6. by   Wannabenurseneko
    Quote from Devnation
    I can't speak to Arizona or California, but I have not seen a hospital anywhere in my area (East Coast Mid-Atlantic) that prefers ADN to BSN on any unit. ADNs can get jobs here, but BSNs are preferred. Many of the hospitals in my area offer tuition benefits for RN-to-BSN and graduate degrees.
    I second this BSNS are preferred they even , write it in the job posting it's very intimidating to me
  7. by   Chazzie_Made_It
    I live in Phoenix. I graduated in December 2017 with my ADN and passed boards at the beginning of Feb. I got offered a job this past Tuesday (Feb. 27th) and start on the 12th.

    I applied for for a position that preferred BSN but also said will consider ADN. I was offered the position during the interview. So, yes you can get a job. I was offered $26.76/hr and will work nights so the differential will give me an extra $4/hour.

    You just have to keep keep your options open, have a great resume, CV, and blow them away during the interview.

    Good luck!

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