Nurses help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.</li></ul>(Occupational Outlook Handbook – Nurses, 2009)<br />
How do you become a nurse?<br />The two most common ways to become a nurse are by gaining a Bachelor Degree or an Associate Degree and then taking a national exam.<br />
NCLEX Exam<br />After completing your education and training you must sit for a national exam called the NCLEX. <br />Regardless of amount of education everyone must take the same national exam.<br />This makes it harder for employers to discriminate against nurses with less education.<br />
Which Educational path should you choose?<br />Of course the path to choose varies from person to person. What’s right for one person may not be for others. However, there are some things to consider.<br />
Some things to consider….<br /><ul><li>It takes two additional years to gain a bachelor’s degree.
This is extra money, extra time, more stress, etc. This doesn’t go well with some peoples lifestyles.
Often the pay rate is the same for ADN nurses and BSN nurses… or vary by mere cents.
BSN nurses are promoted more often and hold higher positions. It is more difficult to move up in your career if you hold an Associate degree.
Many nurses said the cost of additional education when completing a ADN-BSN bridge program the salary increase they received did not cover the cost of additional education.</li></li></ul><li>Amount of Education of RNs<br />Bachelor<br />Degree<br />Associate<br />Degree<br />Masters<br />Degree<br />45.69 % 48.65% 5.66%<br />Majority of Registered Nurses hold a Bachelor Degree, with Associate Degree coming in close second. <br />
Which path would be best for you?<br /><ul><li>Are you getting your education in a limited time frame?
Are you wanting to be promoted to a supervising position (such as a head nurse)?
Can you afford the additional education?</li></li></ul><li>It’s a personal decision.<br />The decision for your education is a decision you alone can make. ADN vs. BSN can be a difficult choice to make. <br />That said, both are wonderful paths for anyone pursuing a nursing career. Both paths offer excellent opportunities for great pay, job security, opportunities for advancement, and a tremendously wide range of work environments and experiences.<br />
Some sites to check out….<br /><ul><li>http://nursinglink.monster.com/education/articles/534-adn-vs-bsn-which-should-you-choose
http://www.nursing-school-programs.com/2009/06/09/adn-vs-bsn-degrees.html</li></li></ul><li>Works Cited<br />Occupational Outlook Handbook - Nurses. (2009). Bureau of labor statistics. Retrieved (2010, March 4) from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm<br />