Which is better?

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  1. Which is better? Why or Why not?

    • 12
      Dipoma In Nursing
    • 30
      Associates In Nursing

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74 Posts

I think that people shouldn't respond to this poll if they are only gone to write me to complain because I didn't include the BSN program. If you have been on this website recently you would have seen a poll from me about BSN. Everybody getting offended because I didn't include the BSN. I've had people write me just to tell me that they weren't going to respond to this poll. Who cares?? This poll is meant for entertainment and educational puposes only. There are some people out here who really want to know the best way to go into nursing rather it may be becoming a nursing assistant, LPN, RN-dipolma, RN-Assocaites, or RN-BSN. This poll is meant to help students...If you feel offended then please don't bother to respond! I appreciate it!!!


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To Cheerfuldoer

Thanks for you "postive" reply and to everybody else who understood this poll and made postive comments. I appreciate it and so will other nursing students!!!


124 Posts

Baby Girl, I wasn't offended about the poll. I was just questioning why the BSN wasn't included.

I hadn't seen the other poll regarding BSNs, sorry. You did explain with your last two posts what you had intended. Now I understand. So, please don't feel like I was complaining, I just didn't understand the "Which is better? Why or why not?" question. I'll answer that now.

It really depends on the person; which track they take. It took me a long time to get my initial degree. I had to join the Navy to get the GI Bill to get money to go to school. I worked as an operating room tech while in the Navy. When I completed my enlistment, I working as a nursing assistant. I worked full time and went to school part-time for my Associates Degree. I waited about 10 years after my ADN to start on my BSN--that was a mistake. I continued to work full time as an RN in an ICU. The university I went to required me to take all my sciences over. I was older and it seem to take forever to complete the other 60 credit hours.

If I had it to do over, I would have gone into a BSN program or started it very soon after my ADN.

With the BSN, you have more flexibility within nursing for different type of jobs. I know there are those that have been able to realize the same flexibility without the BSN. But it is getting harder for that to happen, especially with more nurses going into advanced practice nursing.

I wish you well with whatever way you decide.

I did like the structure of the ADN--adult learner style. The BSN program/classes I took made me feel like I was in High School due to the sign in sheets and rules and regulations and the inflexibility of the required clinicals. I was expected to take the same number of clinical hours as someone who had never worked as a nurse.

So, now I am mulling and thinking I might like to try for a MSN.

I must be a glutton for punishment.


111 Posts

Specializes in inpatient hospice house.

I think it is nice that there are several ways to become a nurse. When I went into nursing school I was a single mother of a 3 year old son who was working full time as a nurses aide in a home for handicapped children. I chose associates degree because it was within my price range, didn't take as long and worked out well with my lifestyle. I had too many responsibilities at the time and not enough money to go to school for a BSN. I'm not sure why I didn't choose diploma at the time, but I think it was because I didn't know about it at the time. I'm glad I took the route I did because I went to an excellant school which gave me a great knowledge of and a love for nursing. No matter what route you take you can be a wonderful nurse. Some schools don't give as much experience in the hospital which you will get when you get out. Some schools don't teach you about research or management, which you don't need unless you decide to do this in the future. Once again, if you decide to do this in the future you can go back to school and get more education. Choose the best route for you that fits your lifestyle and go for it. Don't worry about everyone's oppinions because all that matters is you just do it. cheryl


112 Posts

I would just like to say that I just graduated from a diploma LPN program, and I received so much clinical experience it was unreal.....ICU, ER, L&D, MED/SURG, ORTHO, STEP-DOWN, ETC, I wish I could have gone to get my Associates Degree, but circumstances did not permit that route........I worked along side student NURSES from a 4 year college program, and some of them were clueless when it came to on hands.....I was showing a 3rd year student on how to insert a foley, so I really think it depends on the program, and what is your own personnal preference, Thank you for letting me share......


44 Posts

Gracious hello to all. I was an ADN student. Our nursing dept was TOUGH TOUGH TOUGH !!!!

Get a B or out you go. But it was a great bunch of instructors. I agree we had a lot of hands on and since I do a lot of orienting of new nurses to our house I can see the difference in the education and hands on experience from the different programs. Sooner or later as was stated the "common sense/problem solving factor" kicks in no matter what way you took to get to nursing. Frankly I do not care what kind of pathway you took as long as you care about your pts. and are not afraid to ask a question if you do not know. Sherry

PS To quote Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio(sp?) " A nurse is a nurse is a nurse!"


237 Posts

I chose a 2 year program over a BSN because of $ and time. I had 3 children, the first about to enter college in 2 years. I never regretted this decision. It was right for me at this time in my life. If you asked me who on my floor had a diploma, BSN or AD I could not tell you. Each nurse brings her own set of skills--some are GREAT and some should look elsewhere for employment and it's not their educational background that determines this!!! My program equipped me supurbly and I have a bachelors now.


209 Posts

"Beter" is an ambiguous term. If the Good Farie came along and told you that as a blessing she would award you a BSN or ADN, then take the BSN..

If you have to pay for it yourself, do the ADN. Then return for your BSN allowing your employer to pay for it.


656 Posts

originally posted by bbnurse34

"beter" is an ambiguous term. if the good farie came along and told you that as a blessing she would award you a bsn or adn, then take the bsn..

if you have to pay for it yourself, do the adn. then return for your bsn allowing your employer to pay for it.

ditto i dont' have two extra years to put into the bsn, i need to work! the jobs offers i have seen are more varied with the bsn, but you can always go back for it and transfer your adn credits.

i am not sure if a diploma program would count towards a degree. by going with the adn, you have all those ge's and pre-req's behind you and to transfer towards higher degrees.


1,214 Posts

I would rather put two years of my education into something that will transfer someday. I will be proud to earn my ADN .

Qwiigley, CRNA

564 Posts

Specializes in Nurse Anesthetist.

Nursing should have a minimum of a BSN. Period.


656 Posts

Originally posted by Qwiigley

Nursing should have a minimum of a BSN. Period.

NCLEX can be taken by an ADN. If you can pass the exam, and have the clinical hours required, why a BSN? That would limit RN's to only those 1) who are rich and can afford it 2) who are young and have 4 years to go to school 3) who live in areas that have a 4 year program available.

In other words, you are saying that only young, rich people in a University town can be an RN. And you think there is a nursing shortage now!

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