I sure help you guys can help. I have joined a few nursing communitys and have an obsession of reading them everyday. But I have to say this is the best message board. I am a future nurse. 36 and registered to start prereqisit classes this fall at our local community college. If I want to, I can continue my nursing classes there and get a ADN. But we have several great hospital school programs , that I could transfer my credits over to, and take the nursing there. The only problem is I would end up with diploma R.N. instead of a degree. I live in a rural area, and plan to work in one of our local hopspitals they average 100 to 250 beds. I have no plans for ever being a supervisor. Re. I am 36 and by the time I am done with school will be 40 or 41 ( I am going part time). I thougt a week ago I knew which route I was going. But now my baby sis(age 31) who just graduated as a Occipational Thearepist, told me to definetly go the degree way. It will be better to get a job this way. I love the two local schools here in our local hospitals and wouldnt mind working at either one. which if i went there I would have a better chance being placed at there hospital since I am allready there. Helpp???? What do you all think, "Diploma or degree???"