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I am a CNA. Should I get an ADN or a BSN as my next step?

Friday May 25, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I have a CNA certificate, but I did not take the state board yet. I want to continue to a nursing program, for either my associate degree or BSN. What do you suggest? I have about 90 college credits already.


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Philip,

I would encourage you to pursue the BSN. The job market for nurses is very competitive, and a growing number of employers want to hire only nurses who have a BSN. Not only will you be more marketable with the BSN, you will be better prepared for the realities of today's complex healthcare delivery system, no matter where you work.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.