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Should I get my ADN and go back later for my BSN or go for my BSN

I’ve heard and read about several people saying that going for four years is a waste of money because you do not do anything your first two years. My Career Prep. teacher said I should just do my ADN because nurses who have their BSN only make 25 cents more. I’m not sure what I want to do because I want to learn and ultimately be the best nurse I can be. I’m good with leadership which is why I’m leaning towards going for the four years because I think they get higher statuses in the ER but I’m not sure. I don’t know the difference between the two I guess. I’m looking for guidance, I’m not sure about the difference in the degrees. I just want to be the best I can be in the field I’ve always wanted to be in. Anything you can tell me will help! Thank you in advance! #nursing #trauma-nursing

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Cinthya’s Answer

In reality both choices ADN or BSN will be about the same. You will need your general education prerequisites for both. This is the first two years if the BSN, and before you can apply for the ADN program.
Depending on which you go to, you will have the weight of their reputation with your degree.
Nursing school is the same. The only difference will be wether you end up with a Bachelors degree, or a Diploma.
I would say to choose depending on what your goal is and what state you live in. How hard is it for a Diploma nurse (ADN) to get a job versus a Bachelored nurse (BSN).
In California, short term acute care hospitals do not hire ADN nurses ... they mainly want BSN or MSN prepared nurses. So as an ADN nurse, the only jobs available are in long term care, including nursing homes and convalescence homes.
You will get better pay for a higher degree also. And it will open more doors later for furthering your career.
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Bradley’s Answer

From my personal opinion I would recommend getting your BSN and getting it out of the way. I did the ADN and then did my Bachler's degree. It's pretty hard to work a full time job, epically with children, and go back to school to get the Bachler's. Most hospitals do pay for most of the expenses if you decide to go back to school, that is if you have been there at least one year and on top of that they want you to sign a contract stating you would not leave after so many years. As far as the pay there is no difference starting out, you still have no experience weather you have an Associates or Bachler's degree. With a Bachler's degree you can move up the ladder, like be a manager or some day sit behind a desk and make more money. If you already had your Bachler's you could go back to school and get your Master's degree. Nursing school is hard and the job is very rewarding weather you have an Associates or Bachler's degree. I hope this helps a little.
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Jasmine’s Answer

I recommend becoming an ADN before going to get a BSN because it is much cheaper. Many hospitals agree to pay part of your education. That is how I paid for my education. These are the hospitals that pay for nursing school:

https://www.studentdebtrelief.us/student-loans/hospitals-that-pay-for-nursing-school/

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