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Was it worth continuing education for nurses to get their BSN vs the ADN/ASN?


April 5th, 2022

The BSN programs typically address management and supervisor positions. Not everyone cares to be in management. I have been an RN for almost 40 years and NO amount of book knowledge can teach me what I have learned on the job caring for my patients. There are something’s you just can’t teach. You need to see it, do it and teach it. That old cliche still applies. Advancing my practice came from taking critical care classes etc etc..
I have also found that an ADN RN are much better skilled coming out of school then a BSN RN.

To answer the question most accurately I will say not for me however, Nursing as a profession needs to decide what degree it considers an entry level and start there. As long as you have 2, 3, and 4 year programs and each take the same boards to be licensed i think that says it all.

March 27th, 2022

Yes Please go for BSN. You will not be sorry!

April 5th, 2022

Considering the knowledge acquired, I will say it’s worth it. However, going by the pay rate it’s not worth it.

April 6th, 2022

I am in management without a BSN. I know many nurses with advanced degrees that are not getting paid what they deserve. financially it is not worth it. Also you could not pay me enough to work in a hospital where they are demanding BSN's.

April 5th, 2022

It has changed nothing for me.

April 5th, 2022

No. It did not open better opportunities. With the shortage we do not make any more money.

April 6th, 2022

Anyone who thinks they MUST get a BSN is being fooled into also believing they MUST work for a Magnet hospital to be recognized as a decent nurse. I have my Associates and I've been a nurse for about 2 years. I started in a small hospital, which I still work for per diem, but decided to work as a traveler now instead. I am working on a specialized unit in a major NYC hospital and NO ONE CARES WHAT DEGREE I HAVE.

Keep pushing, you'll get the job you want even without the BSN.

I might be cynical, but I think all the online BSN programs are in cahoots with the national nursing associations and they share the millions they get from us new nurses who they've convinced need the BSN.

Full disclosure: I'm in a RN to MSN program now because I want to specialize in Nursing Education, but I think that's a different decision than pursuing the BSN.

April 11th, 2022

I've been a nurse for 26 years (ADN) and have not seen the need for a BSN title for job positions or salary increase.

April 6th, 2022

No

April 5th, 2022

Although it was a good experience, it did not seem to provide more skills nor contribute to increasing my salary as expected. The BSN did give me a better understanding of researching correct information versus false information the is available online.

April 8th, 2022

Yes it definitely is worth it. Gives the profession a much needed feather in it’s cap. It also teaches much needed critical thinking skills. Critically thinking comes from experience but it also comes from evidence based practice. This skill is much needed by nurses to help themselves, their patients and their interdisciplinary teams.

April 9th, 2022

I started as an LPN, then ADN, then BSN AND MSN
It all helped as I moved up the ladder in my nursing field. Working in Medical Surgical, ICU, ER, NICU, Hospital Administration, and nursing professor teaching at two colleges. I loved every moment in each step. Best decision I ever made in my career.

October 26th, 2022

Simply put, NO! The requirement for BSN is money driven for Hospital! What most people don’t know is that Hospitals get Magnet status for having BSN Nurses which in turn gives the hospitals more money, not the Nurses. Their fake rationale is that patients respond better to BSN Nurses. What they didn’t include in their study is how many people were already Nurses before going back to school to obtain a BSN. It’s just a way of them to move the finish line every time you get close. Next it will be doctorates decree only. Experience matters most

April 5th, 2022

Yes!

April 5th, 2022

Yes!

March 27th, 2022

Just go and get the Bsn. If you look at job vacancies, most all of the institutions put some kind additional information that stated” to get BSN after a couple or a few years being on the job” or others said “preferred BSN “.....you won’t regret it. It opens the wider doors.
I hope it helps

CNA-LPN-RN/BSN, Working on MSN

November 17th, 2022

Yes
After all I truly believe Knowledge is power but don’t negate the fact that experience Is the mother of all teachers, that being said all the degrees has there place.
ADN answers the how in nursing ( helps build practical experience).
BSN. answers the the why( why do we do things the way we do. BSN grows your knowledge in building evidence to show the intervention we use is the best for our patients.
MSN says you have Mastered the Art and Science of nursing and have the knowledge to prepare the next generation of Nurses.

October 26th, 2022

I'd go back for my BSN , but I've been a RN for 32 years. I'm too old and tired to go back.I wish I had got a BSN. So many employers want a BSN now. Experience doesn't seem to matter. Magnet hospitals, some travel nurse companies, better paying jobs seem to all want a BSN. Even with no, or limited experience. It didn't matter years ago. I was paid and treated the same as diploma, BSN and even some MSN, nurses. Different world today. Go for it.

April 22nd, 2022

RNs with a BSN still are assigned the same as an ASN, and very few get recognition financially for it. Several years ago the Board was discussing requiring all nurses nave their BSN. The ASN or diploma grads would be grandfathered in after a certain number of years of experience. I guess they decided it wouldn’t work very well.

April 5th, 2022

Yes. It allowed me to think more globally, critically and to understand evidence.
As a ADN I did not believe it would make a difference in my practice but it did. I consider myself an ADN that happens to have a BSN and MSN. I am frequently asked why my degrees are all in nursing-“because I’m a Nurse.”

April 5th, 2022

BSN vs ADN

October 27th, 2022

Yes! Most facilities now mandate a BSN, so the sooner you start, the sooner you finish. It also opens many doors for you. I became a case manager, and a BSN was required for that. If your facility/employer has a clinical ladder, it's likely required for that too!

April 5th, 2022

I have unique perspective to say absolutely NOT. I have been an nurse for 30 years now. I and my husband were in the military while I was in nursing school which caused us to move and me to have to restart/retake many nursing classes over a TEN year period. I was in multiple BSN programs in multiple states and no less than 10 different universities. I finally received my ADN degree from Regents College in NY to get done rather than work through yet another delay in finishing my BSN. I have been working as a nurse ever since in hospital, community, clinic and sales settings and never looked back.
I have heard the discussion since I was in High School in the 80's that only a BSN will count in the near future. Because of this, I have been somewhat self conscious about only having my ADN (while knowing I completed more course work than most BSN nurses). I have also found that many excellent nurses I have worked alongside over the years are ADN graduates as well. Some of them have even been my supervisors. The only barrier I have encountered is in the US military. I was only able to commission as an RN in the ARMY Reserve vs a full commission in the Regular Army due to my not having a BSN degree behind my name.
If nursing schools were more flexible and not so limited in student acceptance numbers, we would have more nurses out there both BSN and ADNs.

April 19th, 2022

After 40+ years in nursing with my diploma, I can honestly say some of the education was interesting, but the reality is that it did nothing to change what I did at the bedside for my patients.

April 12th, 2022

No. There was no appreciation from my job for getting my bachelor. No tuition help. No pay raise. I based this answer on what my job done to me for getting BSN

April 6th, 2022

Worth it, no. Mandatory, yes. I feel like I have learned so much more on the floor than I did in the classroom.

April 6th, 2022

In the world today s world the focus should have been on new types areas and dimensions, not the same old same old roles in nursing.

April 5th, 2022

It depends what you want to do with your career. It’s can be done in less than a year and It has definitely opened career doors that would have otherwise been closed.

April 5th, 2022

I got my ADN and now am getting my BSN, which is expensive and time consuming, but I want to get my masters in nurse midwifery so I need a BSN.

November 8th, 2022

Absolutely- just your start up the clinical ladder learning how to achieve best patient outcomes. Each step opens new doors - practicing at the top of nursing

April 9th, 2022

yes

November 17th, 2022

I was an ADN nurse for 16 years before I received my BSN. For 16 years I didn't believe a BSN was important. I am so glad that I did go back for more education! In looking for work it makes a big difference. The BSN doesn't teach on disease processes or skills. The BSN program takes you full circle in your education and focus is on community, public health, and leadership.

November 15th, 2022

No. It only matters if you go for your MS/NP/FNP or further. Having a BSN makes no difference on what jobs you get how much you get paid respect or really knowledge. Its a waste of money time and effort

November 13th, 2022

As you progress in career BSN will become mandatory. Not having it will limit. Your marketing ability
Flip side of coin is a major nursing shortage is forecasted as the bulk of the work force is at retirement.

November 3rd, 2022

I am retired after 45 years of nursing.. I was a 3 yr grad and never pursued a BSN. I LOVED every aspect of my career. I started in SICU and was one of the initial nurses sent to learn care of Open Heart patients fresh out of surgery. After 15 years I took position of head of hospital IV team, later started Home Infusion program, and was in that position until retirement. In other words, you don't need a BSN to pursue your dream!!!

November 1st, 2022

Yes go for your BSN if possible. It took me a long time to complete my BSN AFTER I GRADUATED due to family obligations. If possible go for the highest degree available. A Nurse Practitioner is independent, have a practice, get the best jobs and best pay. I would advise all who want to be RN’s to get best education possible.

October 30th, 2022

If you want to stay at the bedside the BSN may help you get a charge nurse role but won't teach you anything of value towards nursing care, it is geared towards management style thinking. If you plan on leaving the bedside for a management role or other growth opportunities, it is well worth your time. Those three letters seem to open some doors that would be closed otherwise in careers away from the bedside.

October 26th, 2022

Yes - most hospitals require a BSN for management. I missed out on jobs for no other reason than I didn’t have a bachelor. I completed my bachelor got a ton oh nurses offers and left the field. I’m in project management now

On a side note - a lot people don’t know- part of the Obamacare was a push to do away with ADN. They were trying to tie BSN to hospital credentialing.

June 22nd, 2022

You will need at least a BSN to get a job in a Magnet Hospital. They require more continuing education, more accountability, but you get paid more.

May 24th, 2022

Obtaining your BSN or Maters Degree certainly opens the field for a variety of jobs. As we age in the profession, it allows us to choose career paths that will keep us in the workforce through retirement while affording us the opportunity to explore many more specialties/interests.

April 22nd, 2022

As someone who saved a ton of money doing the ASN, I say do that and THEN get your BSN. It was cheaper and I got time in the field (experience is huge in our field) while getting my BSN 🙌🏼

April 22nd, 2022

It is good if you wish to be in management I tookma management course at UNLV and ran the or

April 22nd, 2022

It took me forever before I decided to go back and get my BSN and l shouldn't have waited that long. Go to an online school like WGU .

April 16th, 2022

I had a Bachelors of Arts prior to getting ADN. Just recently finished BSN program.. I found the program to be straightforward and manageable. Whether it will change my practice is unclear at this time. 🤷🏻‍♀️

April 10th, 2022

No

April 6th, 2022

yes

April 5th, 2022

Yes

April 5th, 2022

Not really. I am seeing a large amount of responsibility being given to LPN's. I am seeing how it correlates to my pay and my student debt.

April 5th, 2022

First go for bsn then do adn/asn beause bsn very necessary for other degree.

April 5th, 2022

No

April 5th, 2022

Firstfirst bsn then adn/asn

April 5th, 2022

First

April 5th, 2022

Only if they would get more pay than regular RN

April 5th, 2022

BSN vs ADN

April 5th, 2022

Yes, it's worth it, in the long run. If you want to work right away, an ADN is the best bet. But if you want to work in upper management, a BSN is necessary. Also having a BSN adds more credibility.

March 26th, 2022

Yes!

April 14th, 2022

YES!!! Do it. You will enjoy nursing more.

April 14th, 2022

The more we know the better we will practice our profession.

April 14th, 2022

Yes. I found that I learned a lot more with my BSN. I was shocked at how little pharmacology I new even as a practitioner has RN when I went for my BSN.

March 28th, 2022

Some hospitals do not hire unless you are in the progress of obtaining BSN. You just limit yourself without one.