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If I were to get an associates in nursing would their be any good paying jobs for me?

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Barry Eugene’s Answer

The nursing shortage continues to impact healthcare across our nation. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing made the following statement on their website, "The U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) that is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows." Please remember that as a new nursing graduate your opportunities may have some limitations, but there will be job opportunities. Some healthcare institutions may require you to return to school to obtain a BSN, but those that do will offer some form of tuition support for their full-time staff nurses (possibly part-time, depending on where you work.

There are a plethora of employment opportunities for associate degree nurses. Remember to include other places of employment in addition to acute care facilities. Insurance companies, correctional facilities, medical clinics, long-term care facilities, physicians offices, and other non-traditional areas. Best wishes to you in your future endeavors.

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Melissa’s Answer

Absolutely! There is usually not a very big pay difference for an entry level RN position between an ADN and a BSN. That being said, to move up the clincial ladder, you'd want to have a BSN. It is completely doable to earn an RN to BSN degree while you are working. These programs are geared towards nurses with jobs and you can take only one course at a time if you'd like to. Typically, an RN to BSN program is significantly less intense than a pre-licensure program because you've already taken and passed the NCLEX exam. Best of luck on your journey into nursing!

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Gina’s Answer

Hi Serenity!
I have been an RN/ADN for almost 32 years. There are still jobs available for ADN RN's at some hospitals, most dialysis centers, home health and cosmetic care treatments. You used to be able to work ANYWHERE with an ADN up until about 10 years ago, when they started requiring the BSN. If you can find a hospital who will help pay for your BSN, that would be a win-win situation. The BSN gives you assurance you can work in high quality facilities that value high quality care which I pride myself in giving. Some quality hospitals will sign you on with an ADN as long as you are willing to obtain your BSN within 2 years of hire date.

Best of luck to you and your career!!


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Rochelle’s Answer

I worked with a large number of ADN and it is my understanding that their was no pay difference between that of an ADN or BSN. I do know that now many hospitals are requiring anyone who is hired in with an ADN to sign a contract saying they will get their BSN within a certain time frame. Many hospitals offer tuition reimbursement so you may be able to do an ADN-> BSN program on their dime.