Which is better?

  1. Which is better?????
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  2. Poll: Which is better? Why or Why not?

    • Dipoma In Nursing

      28.57% 12
    • Associates In Nursing

      71.43% 30
    42 Votes
  3. 29 Comments

  4. by   getbabygirl
    I personally think that the Associates Degree is better because its a community college so must of the credits do transfer over to 4 year instituitions. What do you think? Is there anyone reading this that is a dipolma program? Don't read this if your not going to respond:0
  5. by   fergus51
    Depends on the program! Some ADN, Diploma and BSN schools are awesome and some are terrible. I would want to know how many clinical hours you get, what type of rotations you do and what you study in class time...
  6. by   NurseDennie
    Yeah, this is the kind of thing that's just impossible to say in general. In a lot of places, it's even getting hard to FIND a diploma program to get into.

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    Dennie
  7. by   live4today
    Associates is better.........only because that is the route I took..........so I WOULD have to say that, right? I mean...it's only fair for me to promote the Associates Degree Program at my old Community College eons ago since that's where a lot of my moo-lah ended up and all.......not because I really think that's the only good program although I would hold that college up to any other college any day...it was (is) without a doubt...THE VERY BEST COLLEGE FOR NURSES TO ATTEND AND GRADUATE AND PASS BOARDS FIRST TIME AROUND Oops! Sorry if I'm bragging too much.......it's just that it really is a dang good college. :kiss
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 11, '02
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by getbabygirl
    which is better?????
    although i will not start clinical until aug, i voted for the associated degree. i believe it all depends on the school's program, the instructors and the individual.
  9. by   adrienurse
    I did neither. I have my 4 year degree in nursing (BN). I do not regret this in any way and even though I have no other experience to compare it to, I recommend it. The most important thing that it taught us to do is always challenge why things are done the way they are done. It's more than a hell of a lot of paper writing, it is teaching people to think critically. I believe that we have our own style of nursing-- and I can always spot the people with similar training, by the way they think and the way they work. I have heard other nurses say that people with my training can sure careplan! I suppose that makes up for the lack clinical experience (although it sure doesn't take long to catch up to people with different training).
  10. by   live4today
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    I did neither. I have my 4 year degree in nursing (BN). I do not regret this in any way and even though I have no other experience to compare it to, I recommend it. The most important thing that it taught us to do is always challenge why things are done the way they are done. It's more than a hell of a lot of paper writing, it is teaching people to think critically. I believe that we have our own style of nursing-- and I can always spot the people with similar training, by the way they think and the way they work. I have heard other nurses say that people with my training can sure careplan! I suppose that makes up for the lack clinical experience (although it sure doesn't take long to catch up to people with different training).
    Adrienurse......no matter what route of nursing a person chooses for themselves, if they have not learned to "challenge why things are done the way they are done" by the time they graduate from any choice of a college, and regardless of whether they are in the health profession or otherwise......they will be immature misfits in the workplace. Critical thinking is learned from birth to old age.......and no textbook can help one to improve on something that takes common sense to understand. I graduated from an Associate Degree College, and I have more critical thinking skills than a lot of people I know with much higher degrees than I. So.......while I respect your take on why you chose the BN route.....please do not think that those who do not go that route, are suffering from lack of having done so in the area of "critical thinking". We wouldn't want our nursing students who come to Allnurses to think they are not going to be properly prepared educationally to be the best dang nurses they can be upon their graduation from their choice of a nursing program, be it Diploma...AAS/ADN...BSN. Just thought I'd share that for our student population who frequent the board, and for those confused about which program is good, better; best.
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 12, '02
  11. by   Sleepyeyes
    I voted for the ADN because the diploma programs were just another way for the hospitals to perpetuate their slave-labor pool.
  12. by   LilgirlRN
    I'm a diploma nurse, I work at the hospital where I was trained. We only took the nursing courses at the SON, academic courses were taken at a local university. We got twice the clinical experience that the ADN or BSN nurses got. There are several of us that still work there. I had a patient the other night and recognized his wife as a classmate of mine, she said I haven't been a nurse in so long...shame.
  13. by   DelGR
    Why would you only ask about the ADN and Diploma? Why not the BSN?
    Just curious as to why someone would ask about two of the three ways nurses are educated before taking their state boards here in the USA.
    I decline to answer the poll for that reason.
  14. by   adrienurse
    Questions: If you don't believe that there is a difference between the 3 streams of nursing education, then why do they exist? Why bother answering this poll? Why hasn't anyone taken a step to streamline them all into one category? Why are people so quick to protest when someone lists their perceived strengths? Why are people so defensive toward their particular stream? These questions in themselves suggest that there must be individual strengths and weaknesses to each stream, so why fight it?
  15. by   getbabygirl
    I think that people shouldn't respond to this poll if they are only gone to write me to complain because I didn't include the BSN program. If you have been on this website recently you would have seen a poll from me about BSN. Everybody getting offended because I didn't include the BSN. I've had people write me just to tell me that they weren't going to respond to this poll. Who cares?? This poll is meant for entertainment and educational puposes only. There are some people out here who really want to know the best way to go into nursing rather it may be becoming a nursing assistant, LPN, RN-dipolma, RN-Assocaites, or RN-BSN. This poll is meant to help students...If you feel offended then please don't bother to respond! I appreciate it!!!

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