Why You Should Choose a BSN
Monster Contributing Writer Lisette Hilton
Degree as a Stepping-Stone
For others, though, the associate’s degree is a first step on the road to advancing in nursing.
Stacy Vicknair, RN, ADN, a public health nurse for the Brazoria County Health Department, has no plans to return for her BSN but might take classes to further her career.
“These would be credentials that will go with my ADN,” she says. “I anticipate taking a forensics nursing class and classes that will further my career within the county.”
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Regina Porter, RN, BSN, MSN, a nurse clinician III on the cardiac telemetry unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, is glad she went back to school after getting her ADN.
“By going back to school, you definitely get more insight, more experience in your clinical practice, more critical-thinking skills,” she says. “I think you have a different perspective on things.”
Patricia Miller, BSN, a staff nurse on the medicine/telemetry unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, says getting her BSN after the ADN helped her hone her leadership skills to take on bigger roles.
“Now I’m considering going to graduate school,” Miller says.