Agree with shannonB25, I hope you are joking, if not you are truly what is wrong with this profession, to think that because you went to hospital based diploma program, that these RNs are the only true nurses. Where to you get off saying this? What does that make the rest of us? I can say that when I graduated from my BSN program, I was more than prepared to work on the floor, and I did, a very busy 45bed ortho/neuro/eye surgery floor. I have seen very bad Diploma, ADN and BSN nurses that I wouldn't trust to care for dead rats, and I have seen very good Diploma, ADN and BSN nurses that I would trust my life to.
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I chose BSN program, because I already had BS in Psy, and it was not much more time to get BSN, and I knew that it would make me more marketable in the future. I also pondered graduate school, and finished this last DEC (MSN degree), so the BSN was helpful with this also. And I plan to continue my academics with Doctoral program somewhere. I can't say much about ADN program, I know my BSN program had plenty of clinical hours, and I had many opportunities to perform all those tasks(NG's foleys, IVs, ABG's, Team leading, Charge, trach care, etc) that ADN and diploma nurses get to do in their clinicals, I was very satisfied with my clinical hours, and the way I was prepared to function as nurse after graduation.