Monday, 17 February 2020

ADN Vs BSN - Pros And Cons

ADN Vs BSN - Pros And Cons

Today's article is going to be the pros and cons of getting an adn versus a BSN. For those of you who don't know what an adn is, adn is an "Associate Degree in Nursing", and then a BSN is a "Bachelors of Science in Nursing". So I just want to talk a little bit about the pros and cons advantages and disadvantages of getting one degree versus another, because it's definitely an important decision when you're deciding if you want to go ADN or if you want to go BSN. 

I'm here to talk about some of the pros and cons of each of them, so I'm going to start off with an adn.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

An adn is received from a community college and that means it is a bit cheaper to receive an adn versus receiving a bsn. Adn also have less prereqs or less credit hours that you have to complete in the entire program, so you're going to be able to get your adn a lot quicker and a lot cheaper. 

Advantage For ADN

The great thing about your adn is that you're still going to get your RN license in the end, so after you finish the program, you're still going to take your NCLEX and get your RN license just like you would if you were getting your bsn. Adn starts off at the same pay as BSN as well.

Disadvantage For ADN

One disadvantage, it's harder to advance with an adn. What I mean by that is if you want to become a nurse manager or advance in your hospital, they look more towards the bsn when they are looking to hire someone for an advanced position in the hospital. 

Advantage For ADN

Another great advantage for adn is that after you get your adn, you can go to work as a nurse and then you can go back to school to get your bsn. If you choose to do so, oftentimes a lot of hospitals will cover additional education expenses in order for you to advance and grow as a nurse. 

ADN program also is less competitive to get into, because they are a community college and not a four-year university, there's a shorter waiting list because it's less time to complete the program and so it's a little bit easier to get accepted into these programs.

Those are some of the advantages of getting your adn, besides it being quicker and cheaper, you will be at a work sooner which means that you'll have an income sooner and then you can advance to a bsn later on if you choose to do so.

Bachelors Science in Nursing (BSN)

BSN is more expensive because they are from a 4-year university, which means that you're going to have about 2-years of prereqs and about 2-years of the actual nursing program. So it does take a longer amount of time to complete and is more expensive. In the end, just like an adn, you are going to take the NCLEX and get your RN. So both degrees, in the end, you will have your RN.

Advantages Of BSN

Because you're probably thinking, well, why would I want to spend more money?, Why would I want to take some time to get an bsn? When I can still get my iron with an adn. 

For bsn, you do have better advancement opportunities and if you're wanting to be a nurse manager like I was talking about with the adn, you're a lot more likely to get hired for those positions with a bsn. A lot of hospitals are also starting to only hire bsn's. I know that for a lot of hospitals around me and I've read online that this is happening across the nation, is they're wanting to hire bsn and not so much adn's, there are also a lot of hospitals alpha that do hire adn, so if you have your adn or you're getting your adn right now, don't worry if you think you're not going to be able to find a job, you will find a job, but they do tend to like to hire bsn

  • If you have two people applying for a job and one has their adn and one has a bsn, they're going to want to go with the bsn. Another thing is that adn and bsn is starting out at the same pay grade, but like I said earlier, bsn tends to advance more rapidly, which means that your pay grade will also increase as well. 

Bsn also require more research base and critical thinking course throughout the prereqs and the nursing program, and bsn tend to get a little bit more well-rounded education and it has been shown to increase your critical thinking skills in the hospital setting which has been shown to reduce errors as well. 

Not saying that ADN you don't get a good education you still do, BSN just requires more credit hours in more courses, which means that you are getting a little bit more well-rounded of an education. 

Advantages Of BSN

Another advantage of a bsn is a lot of master programs or nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetists programs require that you have a bsn in order to get into them. I'm not sure if that's for every single program that's out there, but from what I read and from what I have researched, that if you want to go on and get your MSN your masters or you want to become a nurse practitioner, you usually require you have your bsn.

Like I said earlier, you can get your adn and then go on and get your bsn and then go on and get your bsn and then go on to get your masters, but if you already have your bsn, that's just one less step that you have to actually complete.

Those are some of the pros and cons of getting an adn versus a bsn. I definitely think that if you are researching the two ideas right now, it's really good to put in that research and put on that time because it is a big decision. 

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