Im Worried

  1. HI, I am a new nursing student!! I am in my frist year and I am already confused. I don't know if I am in the wrong profession and I don't know if I am going to the right school. I am in a diploma program as an RN and I don't know if it is as good as an ASN. I eventually want to go back and get my BSN or maybe my MSN but I am just so mixed up right now... can anyone help?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   bargainhound
    There are programs where you can bridge to the BSN.
    You can also test out of nursing courses.
  4. by   jamiejo05
    Quote from bargainhound
    There are programs where you can bridge to the BSN.
    You can also test out of nursing courses.
    I know I was looking in to the RN to BSN programs... IS an ASN degree better than a diploma?
  5. by   HuggyPuglet
    Quote from jamiejo05
    I know I was looking in to the RN to BSN programs... IS an ASN degree better than a diploma?

    This is precisely the problem with our profession....the "better than" syndrome. If you want to be a nurse, do it any way you can and BE one. And don't be thinking along the lines of someone being better or worse than you based on how they chose to get into the profession. Please don't start with the "class" debate before you even get out of school. There should not BE one.

    I'd just as soon work with a competent and caring nurse than with an uninterested, uncaring and "attitudinous" (is that a word?) nurse with buku advanced degrees.
  6. by   Happy-ER-RN
    I didn't know they still had diploma programs?

    Yeah, a nurse is a nurse. The only reason to get a BSN would be if you wanted to do management or go on to get your masters for something. As far as pay and level of expertise there is no difference (well, maybe 50 cents an hour). I work with diploma nurses, ASN, and BSN nurses and there is absolutely no difference between them.
  7. by   P_RN
    JamieJo what state are you in? It is possible that your program will interface with a college or university that will accept some credits your school awards. Check the National League for Nursing's Accreditation site http://www.nlnac.org/Forms/directory_search.htm
  8. by   P_RN
    And PS let us NOT turn this into a degree debate. That's been done and is easily looked up here using the SEARCH function above.
  9. by   Pertlvn03
    Don't worry you are in a very good program. Statistically you have a better odds of passing your NCLEX at the end of your program than ASN and BSN. Proof is in NCSBN website. Look at it and decide.

    http://www.ncsbn.org/testing/psychom...xpassrates.asp
  10. by   jamiejo05
    Quote from P_RN
    JamieJo what state are you in? It is possible that your program will interface with a college or university that will accept some credits your school awards. Check the National League for Nursing's Accreditation site http://www.nlnac.org/Forms/directory_search.htm

    Thanks for the site... I am at Trinity and the NLN accepts our school.

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