Getting Your ADN

Getting Your ADN

Join Brad Bass of the nursing YouTube channel Nurse Bass as he explains why he decided to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) over a Bachelors Degree in Nurse (BSN), what the ADN program has been like for him, what online ADN options you can pick from and a whole lot more. If you're considering nursing as a career, but aren't sure, listen to Nurse Bass's advice on why the ADN is the nursing degree you should be considering.

Getting Your ADN

Join Brad Bass of the nursing YouTube channel Nurse Bass as he explains why he decided to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) over a Bachelors Degree in Nurse (BSN), what the ADN program has been like for him, what online ADN options you can pick from and a whole lot more. If you’re considering nursing as a career, but aren’t sure, listen to Nurse Bass’s advice on why the ADN is the nursing degree you should be considering.

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    What’s going on guys? This your boy Brad from the YouTube channel Nurse Bass, back again, in a collaborative effort with Nursing.org to bring you guys this video. What’s it like to get your ADN?

    Now I know this may be a foreign idea to a lot of people. Some people don’t know what an ADN is. It’s an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Not all registered nurses have four year degrees. That would be your Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, your BSN. We’re going to be talking about the Associate’s Degree in Nursing route and why I chose it. An Associate’s Degree in Nursing is a two year degree as opposed to a Bachelor’s, which is a four year degree. Students in either of these programs eventually go on to take the NCLEX to then become a registered nurse.

    Now the reason why I chose an Associate’s Degree program is because it is a much shorter amount of time. You take the exact same NCLEX. When you graduate and you pass the boards, you are a registered nurse. Same as a BSN. And most places to start you off with the exact same starting pay as a new grad. Not to mention– and this was the key factor for me. Financial issues are great amongst nursing students. I’m sure a lot of you can agree. Associate’s Degree programs are typically much more inexpensive than are Bachelors. So less money to go to school. Less time to go to school. And you’re out and you’re working much quicker than you would be if you were taking the BSN route.

    Don’t get me wrong, there is a big shift that we’re seeing right now where a lot of employers are wanting nurses to have BSNs. And so I get the question all the time, if I have an ADN and I want to get a BSN in the future, do I have to go back to a four year college? And the answer is no. You don’t have to. There’s a little thing called an RN to BSN route, where students who have Associate’s Degrees can do accelerated courses, most times online. You don’t even have to go on campus or to clinicals. And take the courses online and in a condensed amount of time, a year, 18 months maybe, you can graduate. And that’s something that I plan on doing. But we’ll be talking about that in a future video.

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    Another one of the really big things to consider whenever you’re looking at Associate Degree programs is you really want to find a program that is accredited. That is number one. If you find a nursing program that you’re looking at and they are not accredited, you don’t need to go that way. They need to be accredited. And number two, you definitely want to look at their NCLEX pass rates. That really gives you a gauge, a good idea, of how good their education is, how good their instructors are, and what kind of nursing students and nurses that they’re putting out there.

    Also there are some online Associate’s Degree Nursing programs. That might be a good fit for you if you are currently working, you have a family, you have a very busy life, and you can’t really dedicate that amount of time to be on campus each week. That might be a good route for you to go.

    Associate’s Degree in Nursing, it is like a crammed crash course, it feels like. Whereas, a Bachelor’s it’s sort of a lot of work broken down over a longer amount of time. Remember, two years of versus four years. So those are really the kind of things that you need to take into consideration.

    So a little bit of parting advice that I have for you guys. If you’re pursuing an ADN route or you’re thinking about that you want to go the Associate’s Degree route, take it for what it is, man. Your education is in your hands, right. Embrace it. Embrace the grind. It’s going to be difficult, but you can do it. As I always say, don’t just survive nursing school, thrive. I really hope you guys enjoyed the video.

    Again, it’s been Brad from the YouTube channel Nurse Bass. Definitely suggest you go on over there and subscribe. Be sure to subscribe here as well, on Nursing.org’s YouTube There’s going to be a lot more great information coming in the future. And if you want to learn more about the Associate’s Degree route, go on over to Nursing.org’s actual website. Click on the ADN page and find out all the information that you want to know. OK. It’s Nurse Bass soon to be.

    See you in the next video. Peace.

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