Originally Posted by annethcz
So give me the scoop. How much does the type of degree matter- BSN vs. ADN. I know that I've seen a few want ads that specify that candidates with BSNs are preffered over ADNs. Will I be paid less with an ADN degree vs. BSN? Will I have a harder time finding a job? Is it stupid of me to be worried about this?
I have a BSN and for *me* it was a good choice because I plan to start applying to NP next year. I just didn't want to get my associates (I already have one) and then go back for more undergrad schooling...I just don't know if I would have gone back sad to say. But even saying that I would have been happy just to get into ANY good nursing program given how hard it is to get into any of them!
No, you won't have a harder time finding a job with an ADN, most places don't care and they don't pay BSN more (well except like VA here which pays significantly more for BSN). There are some nursing specialties that do require a BSN (some state jobs, some public health, school nursing, etc) but most don't care.
As far as clinical hours between ADN and BSN I think that isn't an issue anymore. Your state board of nursing decides how many clinical hours are required so they both have to meet the same requirements. I know when I was in my BSN program, NONE of the ADN program students that I ever worked with got any more clinical hours than I did.
I would look at which programs have the best NCLEX pass rates (you should be able to find this online on your board of nursing website). And just apply to all that your interested in and see where you get accepted! What schools in your area have a good reputation?
I know I went to an excellent nursing school well know in the community (I talked to a lot of nurses and doctors before applying). For me the unit I work in, the "bookwork" I learned in school has come in WAY more valuable to me than clinical "skills". I have to do a lot of critical thinking and have had to go back and review my critical care and med/surg books a lot more than anything else. Basic skills are not hard to learn and students seem so obsessed (I know I was) with how many clinical hours they get, or how many Foleys that have put in, IVs started, etc....you will learn what you need and get a LOT of practice when you start your job. That "bookwork" is your knowledge base and it is SO important! This has been my experience at least.
Good luck finding a school that works for you!!