Post # 1
I know this is job dependent and state/region dependent and there is a lot of literature out there for and against both. Just want to hear your thoughts and personal experiences.
Plus, I’ve heard of laws requiring a BSN in major medical facilities, which is where I want to work. Anyone heard of this being passed in California?
Post # 4
BSN is required for entry to practice as a Registered Nurse here in British Columbia.
I would strongly advise any nurse to obtain a BSN. It is so much easier to do it the first time than to go back to school when you may have children and a job.
Even if you can get a job with an ADN, the lack of a BSN will limit your career choices.
Post # 5
I’m going with my ADN currrently and will (hopefully) go into an RN to BSN program. Right now I am working full time and cannot afford to not work. The BSN program would require that I quit my job.
I am in Florida and they law does not require a BSN but many hospitals prefer it. However, I know several nurses working with an ADN and I’m hoping that will work out for me in the mean time.
Post # 6
I don’t know about CA but many hospitals here want RNs with a BSN here. However, I only have a nursing diploma and just got a promotion at my job(been a nurse for 12 years). I’ll eventually go back to school online and get my BSN though.
If I could have done it all over I would have just gone for my BSN from the get go.
Post # 7
I am a RN, BSN and I suggest getting your BSN! I have been a RN for 12 years and there are certain areas that require you to have it so def get it if possible!
Post # 8
Hmm. That is interesting, around here a huge number of the RNs are ADN level, both my charge and nurse manager are not BSN but I currently work in a tiny hospital in podunkville. I got a BSN straight out of hs and plan on MSN and a PhD but for those who always want to be in basic clinical practice the ADN seems to be enough. That may be different different places and I do think more of the larger hospital want to say they have all BSN RN staff, but in practice at a med surg or even critical care level there is little difference. The nursing courses are the same (if not more difficult at the ADN programs) BSNs just take more core like English and history than ADNs.
I think this would be an issue to talk to some hospitals you’re interested in working at about. Here, there is no hiring difference between the levels of RN, but almost no hospital will hire a new lvn, that is for the skilled nursing and long term care or the prison, places that can’t afford and don’t have the acuity to require an RN staff.
Post # 9
I have read your responses, but due to disagreements with husband I’ve avoided responding.
@julies1949: It’s reassuring to know that it’s that way in BC, and you bring up a good point that it would be easier to do now in one shot than later!
@MissGreyhound: The “preference” is what has me shaking in my boots! haha. Gah! Good luck with your endeavors 😉
@nursemel: Is a nursing diploma the equivalent of an ADN? I’ve not heard that term?
@weddingbound: Thank you! That is what I am leaning toward!
@chasesgirl: Ha, I live in podunkville too! Most of the people here have ADN’s but I won’t be living here after I graduate. I wanna go to the big city then.
Post # 10
@ChuckNorris: I believe diploma nurse is the same as a LPN/LVN.
If you want to move to a bigger area and have the time and finances to go through the BSN program it would be easier to just do now and have it then have to worry about not being able to get a job later.
Post # 11
I don’t think there is a law that you need a BSN, it is just preferred and a hospital can require it. I highly recommend you just go for it and get your BSN, especially if you want to move to the city. It’s definetely possible to get a job with a ADN but you will have more opportunities if you get your BSN. For financial reasons though I can understand why people get their ADN and then continue on for their BSN.
Post # 12
@chasesgirl: No, they are still considered Registered Nurses. They get their diploma from usually a hospital-based nursing program and are very rare now a days.
Post # 13
@savealife: Yes they are rare nowadays. And most def NOT the same as an LPN, I am an RN still. Diploma programs tend to actually have a lot more clinical experience. The program I was in was great actually. 100% NCLEX pass rate for like 8 years straight. Many of our instructors wrote questions for the NCLEX.
Post # 14
I have my BSN. Long term shoot for BSN (more $$) more independence. Also in FL Magnet level hospitals (Mayo ) have a BSN/ ADN ratio, so it is beneficial to have it.
Post # 15
I have my BSN. Most facilities here are moving to requiring a BSN so there was no reason not to go for it.