Quote from sunrae0110
Do you ever plan to go further with your career than just having an RN license? I say BSN all the way. ADN is just a waste of time and is going to double the work you have to do if you do plan on doing anything more with your career down the road. Plus, many places pay more for a nurse with a BSN than for an ADN. I know the hospital I work (a VA hospital) at is no longer hiring ADN nurses, only BSN. There's no right choice, however, I feel that the BSN will allow for more choices in the future.
I would definitely not say that an ADN is a "waste of time" Where I live many of the hospital RNs are ADNs and around here you don't get paid any less than a BSN nurse. Some of these RNs are being reimbursed for their RN-BSN. I would hardly call that a "waste of time". Yes, it is better to go with the BSN right away, but people in ADN programs work hard for their degree and still get hired in many places. Just because the degree may put you at a disadvantage in some areas does not make it a complete waste across the board.
Anyway....I agree with the above poster. If you can get into a state school go with the BSN. You're young and have time for it. Make sure you keep your grades top notch though, because around here at least all the state university BSN programs are EXTREMELY competitive....and it is often impossible to get in with anything less than a 3.5 GPA. The private BSN programs here are easily $80,000 for the whole 4 years, and a lot of them don't have the greatest of reputations. Research your area though and see what people say about the schools. Doing the BSN right away will save you less hassle in the long run, and depending on where you live it will be easier to get a job with a BSN. If I had to do it all over I would've done the BSN right away, but my first year of college I messed up my grades pretty bad and I have no chance at getting into the state university programs and the private programs are wayyyy out of my budget so I went the ADN route, and when I graduate I'll only need 4-5 classes for my BSN because I already have all the pre-reqs for the BSN program done. I go to a good ADN program, and around here they still hire ADN nurses, but if I could do it over I would have just done the BSN right away.
Many ADN programs have super long waiting lists too, and it isn't always quicker. The ADN programs around here still require about a year of pre-reqs, and there is a 3 year waiting list...so it's not any quicker than doing a BSN program straight through.