Interesting points, Zhakrin.
I attended a 3 year diploma RN program and graduated in 1981. My instructors were nurses and doctors: it was a large teaching hospital and I received an excellent education with 2 years of university prereq's including all sciences (we bussed to the university but lived in hospital dorms, working as paid techs in house when we wished and gaining OJT)
I was functioning as teamleader in my senior year and was competent as a RN upon graduation. Diploma programs give, IMHO, the best possible education to prepare nursing students for the 'real' world, but have fallen victim to the NLN's position that BSN is entry level education for the nursing professional. This is unfortunate as I feel a great deal has been lost.
An ideal nursing program IMO will combine essentials of the BSN education with the practicality of the diploma schools
. New grads today are floundering, needing support from staff nurses who are already overstretched and overwhelmed from short staffing and poor working conditions. We need to revamp current nursing education and rethink our goals before we lose more nurses, IMO.
New grad 'internship' programs are one way facilities are dealing with the problem, but in a way I feel they let the nursing schools 'off the hook' here.
What's everybody else think?