New ADN-to-BSN Program the 'Key to a Successful Future'

Aug 19, 2013, 9:00 AM, Posted by

Robyn Williams is a scholar in the new ADN-to-BSN bridge program at California State University, Los Angeles, which is funded by the California Action Coalition through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative. The California Action Coalition is a part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaborative effort backed by RWJF and AARP to transform nursing and improve health and health care.


When I first heard about the accelerated ADN-to-BSN program at California State University, Los Angeles, my ears perked up and I was instantly very interested. Having the chance to pursue my bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) while finishing my associate degree in nursing (ADN) at Long Beach City College was ideal.

I had already planned to start working toward obtaining my bachelor’s soon after I graduated and had even looked into some programs. So, the option to join this accelerated program at Cal State LA, as we call it out here, was a no-brainer.

I had a sense when I applied that the coursework for this first summer session would be demanding. But I didn’t realize just how intense the program would be and how much of my summer I would be sacrificing—practically all of it!

Still, I am thrilled to be part of a program that is helping to fulfill calls by the Institute  of Medicine  and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for more BSN-educated nurses by 2020. Even more exciting is the fact that  I am going to be able to bring this extra education and experience into my practice, making me a better-prepared nurse for my future patients and colleagues.

I can already start to see how this program is helping to shape me into a well-rounded nurse.

The courses I am taking now are mostly on topics I have covered in my ADN program, but they take the content a step further and are more detailed.. Take nursing informatics, for example. It is a career path I hadn’t thought much about before I started this program. I didn’t even know what was involved in the subject! But I can now see how this field is rapidly growing and in need of educated and motivated individuals who understand how to integrate the informational needs of health care professionals with technology.

As for the program as a whole, I am really satisfied with my experience thus far. The professors are knowledgeable, helpful, and want us to be satisfied with the courses and material being taught. I’ve never taken so many surveys on course satisfaction before!

I think it’s wonderful that we are being asked to provide feedback, especially since this is the start of a new program. I love that we are able to help it become an efficient and highly desirable program for future nursing students.

I’m looking forward to future semesters at Cal State LA; I’m eager to further my nursing education and get out in the field and save lives. Being able to provide a higher level of care for my patients is top priority. As a BSN-educated nurse I will have the responsibility of fully understanding the complexities of my patients’ disease processes and will be able to critically apply my knowledge and experience in these situations.

I’ll also be able to work collaboratively within the health care team and hopefully serve as a role model to some. In regards to my career, having a BSN will eventually lead me to a graduate degree—and a whole new world of opportunity!

As far as I can tell, the sky is the limit, and taking this step to obtain my BSN is the key to a successful future.

Read about the new ADN-to-BSN program at California State University, Los Angeles.
Learn more about the RWJF APIN initiative.
Learn more about the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.