Nursing Degrees - BSN Or ADN

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Nursing students are sometimes confused about what kind of nursing degree
to obtain. The two choices nurses most often consider are between an
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) , which usually takes two years to
complete, or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which takes
four years. Both of these nursing degrees lead to the Registered Nurse
(RN) designation, but there are crucial differences between them.
Choosing one over the other depends on financial factors, the length of
time to be spent in an educational program, and long-term career goals.
The major differences between the two nursing degrees involve the length
of time required to complete each program and the number of academic
credits required. A typical ADN degree will take two years, compared to
four years for the BSN - plus the time it takes to finish the
prerequisites necessary to enroll in a BSN program. (This may not be a
factor for individuals who already have Bachelor's degrees (BAs) from
accredited institutions, since accelerated BSN programs allow them to
complete all requirements in 18 to 21 months.)
While nursing instructors had previously believed that the ADN degree was
likely to be phased out, the fact is that some 66 percent of current
nursing graduates complete training programs resulting in the ADN or
Associate of Science (AS) degrees. These Associate degrees continue to
provide health care facilities with capable nurses who can manage patient
care. As insufficient numbers of nurses are graduated from four-year BSN
programs each year to meet the needs of the health care industry, two-
year Associate degrees are expected to remain important for some time to
come.
However, BSN programs prepare graduates more effectively to make critical
patient care decisions and to question doctors when orders appear
inappropriate. The education provided in a BSN program is more focused on
critical thinking, exposing students to more people and cultures, and
enhancing the skills required for nursing management. They also offer
more opportunities to improve skills in patient assessment and provide a
greater examination of disease pathophysiology. Nurses who have the BSN
degree will also have an easier time winning faculty teaching positions
and high-level administrative jobs.
In summary, ADN programs usually cost less and take less time to
complete, so graduates can begin working in the field more quickly. BSN
graduates have more chances to advance to higher positions in the health
care industry, and they are better prepared to take an advanced nursing
degree - to become a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse
anesthetist, for example - if they decide to do so. There are many
innovative choices for online nursing degrees in today's digital world.
Many traditional and prestigious schools now offer their nursing degrees
online.
My-nursing-career offers listings of online nursing degrees with no
admissions waiting list. You can graduate in less time at about half the
cost of traditional nursing schools. You can also find a complete list of
nursing degrees offered throughout the United States.
Jeff Morrow writes about careers. Find online nursing degrees with no
admissions waiting list. Find a complete list of nursing schools offered
throughout the United States.

				
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