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I think whatever makes you happy I've always felt independent and I always liked working for myself and it sounds like you have the leadership and the knowledge to go anywhere anyway so you're going to succeed no matter what you do you just have to wait it out and see which one makes you happiest and how far you can take each one of them either one you're going to succeed10
Hey there! BSN here! I'm currently working bedside.
If you're looking for leadership roles and any higher up admin positions, then I'd say go for it! It'll just open the door for whatever steps you want to take in your career down the road.
If you just plan on staying in bedside or patient care positions, I'd be a bit more hesitant.
But for future career purposes, wouldn't be a bad idea to go ahead and get it.
Good luck! Stay safe!112
12 -16 months? Go for it.
It doesn't sound like you're worried about cost or loans, so more than likely you have that under control.
Plus, when you do go to a hospital that does pay more, having a BSN is a cherry on top of all your experience.11
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Just keep what you have now. Especially since there’s not much benefit to the other one and it’s just for “what if”. No reason to add on more student loans.12
Get your BSN then BSN-NP. Maybe it won't pay off immediately but the added certifications plus your ongoing experience as a nurse. Will eventually pay off and open more doors for you in the future.10
I'm California its getting harder to work at the bigger facility (and gives you more mobility where you want to work) if you are an RN with a BSN...10
How much is it going to cost you for the BSN and what would the strain be on your family if any?5
Can you do both? Gain experience while going to school?11
Do what is in your heart. My sister runs a whole floor. She’s almost done to be a nurse practitioner.10
Nice career honey. Yes get the bsn, it's good to have incase you decide you want to switch over to management. Then you'll already have it11
Education in this case can give you more options. If it would be easier now, why not?10
That is one freaking KILLER nurse-bod you're rocking there!1
Yes Go for it you need it to do better in yourself!10
It's always better to have more options than gan not enough.10
Won't a BS. N. Get you a raise?12
go for the BSN. You will not regret it.10
Setting yourself up for success is a good thing.10
Do whatever makes you happy and enjoy the most10
go for it, have it in your pocket10
Yes, go for it.10
I'm in an ADN program right now with the option to do a BSN during the summers and finish up after in a shorter period of time. I'm curious to know what programs you are looking at that are 12-16 months and are they online? Can you work full time while doing them?
I plan on doing ICU for a year, then travel nursing here in California. I am planning on doing the BSN because why not, especially now with COVID it's not like I'm doing much else with my time socially or anything, might as well forward my career and finances. Also I have looked at the NP or even DNP to get the CRNA (it's a doctorate position starting soon (2025?)).
I mean, do what makes you happy. I don't actually need the BSN for travel nursing either, and I feel you on that, but I also like to keep developing myself and learning more, and having more options is a good thing. Also, the degree is not that expensive, the BSN I was looking at it's another $10K.
You have to already be an RN. You have to have passed your NCLEX. So you have to finish your ADN and pass nclex. Once you're an RN the RN to BSN Program is only 12 months. But if you take one class at a time it's 16 months. You can actually get done in 8 months but I work full time so I'm not going to push 8 months.
2nd Do not pay for the bsn. If you plan on working at a hospital the hospital will pay for the bsn for you. So do not pay out of pocket. Apply to your hospital of choice with an ADN then they will offer you the bsn. Wilmington state university bsn is only 6k. Again do not pay out if pocket or get loans if you plan to work for a hospital. Hospital will pay
Ok thanks. The hospital I am planning to work for has a $4K loan program, but I think you have to work for them for a couple years after for it to be forgiven. I may borrow it anyway and just pay them back, but I don't plan to work there that long. My current employer also has an employee student tuition program, but again, I'll likely be moving on.
The CSDH program I'm looking at is a bridge program, meaning you don't have to have your license yet to do your BSN, you just have to be working on your ADN concurrently.
Did you decide to move forward and do your BSN?
Why would you pull out a loan? The hospital pays for tuition. I found out it could be less than 12 months due to the fact I've done my gen Ed's. I haven't started the application process yet thinking. Classes start every 8 weeks
As an ICU nurse that's seen A LOT of travelers come and go over the last 2 years, this is the way. I should have just started traveling after my first year. Work that for a few years, make my money, and find something way less stressful.
Also good luck with the CRNA. A friend of mine from nursing school is starting that this year. He is seriously one of the smartest people I know.
I don't know about your hospital's program, but here and all the places I've seen it is not "we'll pay your tuition and you don't owe us anything". If that were the case, people would get hired, get tuition paid for, then quit the job. It's actually a loan (at least here), but you don't have to pay it back (loan forgiveness) unless you stop working for the hospital.
My current work is not a hospital, it's more a mental health facility. They have a similar program. They will "pay for college", but if you stop working here, you have to ;pay them back. If you work a year,, you have to pay back 75%. Two years, 50%. You basically pay back the loan by working, but if you stop, you have to pay cash.
@SecretsofKB thank you, I'm looking forward to it. I think I should be able to make a good amount of money and also balance with about 3 months vacation each year as well between gigs.