Barry Eugene’s Answer
This all depends on your financial status and your personal resources. I have been in the nursing profession for 34 years. I started as an LPN, became an RN, worked towards my BSN degree, eventually obtained my MSN and this past December I completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. I chose this route as I did not feel confident in my abilities to take on a monumental task.
Family and work responsibilities will become a major factor in your ability to complete your nursing programs. I work as a nursing professor and I have many students who work and balance family responsibilities while attending school for their ADN degree. If you progress though various levels, you may be able to obtain tuition assistance from your employers. This may mitigate the expenses associate with school. For some they may want to complete their BSN and be done with school. However, I feel taking the stair step approach will allow you to draw a salary while attending school. I was also able to be more successful in all of academic endeavors. No matter which route you take, it is important to complete your BSN degree.
It is important to evaluate your lifestyle. Are you the primary breadwinner of your household? Do you have a support mechanism while you are in school? What additional responsibilities do you have and can you delegate them while being enrolled in your nursing programs? I apologize for not being able to provide you with a direct answer as everyone's situation is different. Speaking from a personal perspective I am happy with the route that I took to get through school. Best wishes to you in all that you seek to accomplish.
Barry Eugene Graham, DNP, MSN-Ed., RN