Thank you so much for your response! I suppose I could have been more specific, I really just wanted to know if there were individuals in here that went through a bridge program (local or online) that would explain what their experience was. I would love to know if they would have rather gone the traditional route if they were able to go back in time, if they felt like they grasped the concepts as well as those who went through a two year program, what their NCLEX experience was and the hardships they faced while attending that they may have not anticipated.To the best of my knowledge, there is no bridge program, singular. There are several, perhaps many, bridge programs plural. Consequently, your statement is far too vague to generate a useful response.
In general: they exist. Some of them are good, some are not. Some are reasonably priced, some are extravagantly priced. Some will result in an unrestricted license to be a nurse that is portable. Some come with additional requirements depending on where you intend to be license. Some states outright dont recognize programs as valid. Some programs have a significant support system. Some take your money, hand you some books and you're on your own.
Bottom line: Its possible. It may work for you, it may not. Significant research is needed before committing, most notably will this program lead to an unrestricted nursing license.
This is regardless of degree earned. Getting your first job is hard if you have a BSN, and even harder if you only have an ADN. I'm fortunate in that I have always been an ED RN. That being said, it took me 8 months and a hospital 2 hours away to land my first job. When I got into nursing school, earning a BSN was not going to happen simply because at the time there were no programs that were open to 2nd Bachelors students that I could realistically attend. There was one accelerated Bachelors program but I would have been homeless by the end of the 1st Semester because their program wouldn't work well with my work schedule and my work schedule wasn't going to change on a weekly basis to allow me to attend that program.There is no nursing shortage for new graduate nurses anywhere.
I think this is probably still very geographically dependent. I'm currently in a Medic to RN program (2 semesters left!), and several of my former Medic partners have graduated from the same program. They were employed in local ED's as RN's within a very short time of passing the NCLEX and getting their state license even though they had an ADN.One of the key things above:
This is regardless of degree earned. Getting your first job is hard if you have a BSN, and even harder if you only have an ADN.
Northeast, FL. In Jacksonville, one hospital hires ADNs- no BSN required. I went through their New Grad program. My hospital has a HUGE retention problem! The other hospitals have new grad programs but BSN is required. Overall, jobs are easy to be had. One other hospital hires ADNs. Mine is Memorial and the other is St. Vincent's. Memorial is an HCA outfit and admits EVERYONE who comes through the door. Perhaps part of the retention problem.In what setting, locale, and with what experience level?
Without a doubt.There will always be hospitals and facilities that have huge turn over and poor employee satisfaction that will hire a RN regardless of degree however to be competitive for the jobs everyone wants you really need a BSN in most markets.
Believe it or not I live in south Florida, not rural at all, and there is a big job market for RN's with only an ADN down here. Most of the people I know after passing the NCLEX had a job offer only a couple weeks later. Ive looked into nursing but I don't want to stay here in Florida. I want to move to Denver and I have contacted a few nurses/students who are out there and they say it is almost impossible to find a job with just an ADN after school unless you are already enrolled into a BSN program. I don't know why it varies so much but it does. I plan on working as a medic out there and finish my pre reqs and then apply to an ADN program shortly after. Im sure I will learn more about the job market when I actually move there, so things might change. Who knows.^I'm willing to bet they had connections and/or a somewhat-rural setting