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Should I even get my ADN?

Specializes in AA&I, research,peds, radiation oncology.

I've been an LVN for 7 years and have had many great job opportunities in areas I couldn't imagine, but I've always dreamed of being an RN/BSN. I am currently preparing to apply to an accelerated ADN program and have been checking out different jobs at different websites. Really not much to choose from other than home health.:o

I want more responsiblities and more pay.Also I'm older and have a kid ready for college soon so the pressure is on!! Am I being realistic in thinking that my past working experience can help me out!! I don't want to spend all this money for an ADN and not be marketable. And will an ADN assist my chances for a BSN??!! TIA!!:nurse:

You should go for your BSN. It seems like you have so much experience and a BSN would top it off

Go for it. If for nothing other than realizing your dream.

As a fomer LPN I can tell you that the RN opens a lot of doors, and ups the repsect level tremendously. More than it should, but I like it.


Specializes in AA&I, research,peds, radiation oncology.

Thanks cheertt and SuesquatchRN-I guess I needed some encouraging nudges.!! Yes, I forgot R-E-S-P-E-C-T-That's what I want!!! :wink2:


Has 6 years experience. Specializes in cardiac (CCU/Heart Transplant, cath lab).

Of course your past work experience will be beneficial to you! You should definitely go for your BSN. Eventually ADN programs will be phased out. Good luck!:yeah:

The people in my BSN program who were already RNs were treated with "more" equality. I think if you have a BSN program available to you, you should strive to complete that program. It will preclude you from having to go back and waste more money and time to get the BSN degree in the future.


Specializes in Gerontology, nursing education.

Definitely go for the BSN if you can swing it financially. You already have nursing experience and you have a definite goal in mind. You KNOW you want your BSN eventually, so why not do it now?

The ONLY advantage I see to an ADN is that there are bridge programs for LPN/LVNs to ADNs and ADNs to BSNs or MSNs. There don't seem to be as many LPN/LVN to BSN programs right now.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I don't know...I got my ADN first so I could immediately get the RN pay increase. It was significant and yet I'm only going to be getting $1 an hour raise when I finish my BSN. Actually the only reason I'm getting my BSN is to have something finished on the pathway to my NP. Definitely get your RN though no matter which way you decide to go!! :up:


Specializes in all things maternity.

LPN's have my r-e-s-p-e-c-t. But I understand the desire to push on with your education. I fully expect to get my Masters in Nursing Education.

Eventually ADN programs will be phased out.

Maybe thats wishful thinking on your part. But I dont see that happening anytime soon.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Eventually ADN programs will be phased out.
The American Nurses Association has been advocating for the phasing out of the associates-prepared RN since 1965. It has not happened and, unless the masses of ADN programs can be legally converted into BSN programs, it will not happen.

Nearly 70 percent of all RNs in the U.S. workforce are prepared at the ADN level. The reality is that not enough BSN programs will exist to fulfill the pipe dream of an all-BSN nursing labor pool.

After more than 50 years talking about it, they can't even phase out LPNs so I don't see ADN RNs being phased out in the next lifetime or so.

Orca, ASN, RN

Has 25 years experience. Specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC.

At the very least go for your ADN. Since I had a BA in another field I could have finished either program with an approximately equal number of hours, but I chose an ADN program because I couldn't find a BSN program that would have allowed me to continue to work (a financial necessity).

In many places RNs and LPNs do almost the same job, but the RNs get significantly more pay for it. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

PostOpPrincess, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience. Specializes in M/S, MICU, CVICU, SICU, ER, Trauma, NICU.

Go for it!

You have an edge over brand new grads with NO experience.


Specializes in AA&I, research,peds, radiation oncology.

Eventually ADN programs will be phased out.

Maybe thats wishful thinking on your part. But I dont see that happening anytime soon.

But I've learned to listen to "rumors" like this. When I was in LPN school in 2001, our instructor told us that LPN's/LVN's would eventually be phased out. She said she didn't see that happening. Well, it's happening here in Dallas. :eek: MA's being hired as a less expensive commodity. Hospitals aren't even hiring LVN's, and the one's with several years seniority are signing contracts to get their RN in order to keep their jobs!! Lots of jobs in HH though!:cool:


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