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Monday, November 15, 2010

ADN Nurse: What is an ADN Nurse?

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ADN Frequently Asked Questions

Is an ADN graduate a Registered Nurse?

ADN graduates become licensed as Registered Nurses after successfully passing the NCLEX-RN® licensing exam.

What is the difference between an ADN and a BSN?
Both ADN and BSN graduates must demonstrate the same minimal level of competence by successfully passing the NCLEX-RN® licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse.

The associate degree nurse is educated to demonstrate professional behaviors, including communication and assessment skills, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, collaboration, and management of care for diverse populations in a variety of settings.

What is the LPN Transition Program?
The LPN to ADN Transition Program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to receive advanced placement credit for their LPN coursework and complete the ADN program. Details about this program can be found in the college catalog.

Can I start with the Associate Degree and then get the baccalaureate degree?
A variety of RN to BSN programs are available in colleges and universities regionally and nationally. A few universities offer RN to MSN options, as well.

ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?
A BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, while an ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. Both degrees lead to getting your RN but there are some differences between the two.

The main difference is the length of time and the amount of credits required to complete the program. An ADN typically takes 2 years to complete while a BSN will take 4 years to complete (including the time spent taking the prerequisites to enter the program.) There are also accelerated BSN programs (18-21 months) for students who have already obtained a previous Bachelor’s degree.

The starting range for both are about the same, but studies show after a stable career having a BSN, they typically make about $5,000 more a year compared to a nurse with an ADN. Choosing the program that's best for you requires much time and thought. Some people choose the ADN program because the cost is less and it is less time consuming, meaning you can become a nurse much quicker. Others decide to go to school for a couple more years to get a higher level in nursing allowing more opportunities in positions, knowledge, and pay.

Advantages to taking an ADN program:

-It is usually less expensive
-It is less time consuming – You will become a nurse quicker

Advantages to taking the BSN:
-You will have more opportunities to advance to higher positions in nursing (for example as a nurse manager.)
-You will be prepared to enter a advanced degree program (for example, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist.)


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