Quote from green34
Do you think that there is really that much of a difference in level of prep or is it more dependent on the school?
In terms of preparation, I think it's mostly program dependent... though I believe that a BS program results in a broader, more well-rounded education.
In my state, we have a variety of clinical requirements. I've found that some ADN programs require more clinical hours than the traditional BSN programs.
Again, though, it's program dependent. For example, many of the local ADN programs do not permit their students to perform IVs; neither on patients nor on each other. My DEMSN program did.
Ultimately, though, I think it doesn't add up to a hill of beans. Using my IV example: While I had done some IVs in school (and some Foleys and some NGs and some wound care), I did not become competent at any of them until I began doing them on a regular basis.
Personally, I think the biggest predictor of the quality of a program's graduates is: The rigor of its admissions process.