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When to complete RN-BSN program?

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by Anmartin17 Anmartin17 (New) New Student

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Hello everyone!

I’m currently in an ADN program and will graduate next June, then take the NCLEX to work as an RN. I hope to complete a DNP program in the future, most likely in about 5 years or so when my daughter is in school as I’m a single parent. My question is which is the best time to do my bridge program: immediately after completing my ADN, then work as an RN for several years before grad school? Or complete the ADN program next year, work for a while as an RN, then complete the bridge program and (hopefully) start grad school immediately after?

I’d love to hear your experiences too! Thanks!

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Do it immediately while you are still in study mode!

 

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mmc51264 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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I waited 2 years to do my RN-BSN. The first year, we have nurse residency program. The second year, I used that to get more confident and learn my skills/assessment areas and how the process/politics work. I then started my MSN immediately after completing BSN. r

My plan had been to go into the DNP program but I was burned out after the MSN (non-clinical). I am trying to decide whether to go back and get my NP or try a DNP. The DNP programs seem to have nothing to do with practice. The goal of it is to take some leadership classes and learn to do a research project whereas the NP program is all clinical. 

5 years is a pretty tight timeline. It's hard to get a good picture of needs for  research or a specific idea. I am kind of bummed because I have a great DNP project that I could do, but I am not in school. I am doing another one, similar (both related to diabetes management on a post-surgical unit) right now. 

I am the professional student, but I cannot afford any more debt. There is plenty to do/accomplish without going back to school again. 

I guess the question I would ask is what are your goals for getting your DNP?  I wouldn't mind teaching some. I have the MSN and a Masters in teaching so I could probably be a clinical instructor. 

Good Luck!!!!!

 

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I graduate form my ASN program in December 2019. I am trying do my rn to bsn the summer of 2020. If I take a break, I know I wont be excited to go back. Plus I feel like nursing school will be still kind of fresh on my mind. I'm sure the rn to bsn program is super different though. Not sure

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