Hi, I'm thinking of applying to one of the three diploma programs in NC and was wondering if there was anyone who graduated or curremntly in the program (or works in one of the diploma hospitals). I am going to apply to Queens, Mercy, and Durham. I've heard that these programs turn out very good graduates. But thats all I've heard. Tried searching on this board for more information but really couldn't come up with much. Hopefully by applying to all 3 I'll get into one!
Sep 28, '06
Quote from doublej
I don't know what diploma schools are today but back in the "dark ages", they were fantastic. It was three years- all year- one mo. off each yr. and by the time we were seniors, we were in charge of the floors with supervisors over us. Now that was a long time ago and I am sure that legally this could not be allowed today (that is, being in charge as senior student nurses). The biggest need in nursing (coming from a retiree who had young new nurses working under me) is "on hands" experience and learning to handle volumes of patients. Not easy but it comes at you once you have been graduated and face the real nursing world.
Pretty much what it's like now...only we had the summer off. I just graduated for a 3-year diploma program and in our senior year we were doing management and rotated being charge, mod leader, and med nurse which exposed us to the 'real world' and pretty much got us up to speed. I can wholeheartedly recommend diploma programs. The clinical experience is very intense for the full three years. I've since done a 2-month orientation at the hospital I'm working on and am now on my own on the floors. I don't think I would be able to handle it if I hadn't been exposed to management and time management skills the way that we were. The adjustment has been pretty easy to handle.
Also, 100% NCLEX pass rate for the last four years. We also had a 4-week (daily) NCLEX review course at school which I'm sure helped us all immensely.
Last edit by suzy253 on Sep 28, '06
Oct 1, '06
I go to Mercy Currently! We have a 100% NCLEX pass rate. It's a wonderful school, and I graduate may 4th.Full capacity is about 120-140 students, my classs began with 45 students and currently have 21.
Mercy is pretty competitive, both in clinical and class portions. It is extremely difficult to get into. They accept students based on a "risk" assessment, giving points for different things.
The passing score is 80+ (you make a 79 you're failing). It's EXTREMELY difficult and challenging, but we like to say, if you can make it to graduation, you can DEFINITELY pass NCLEX.
Lots of great nurses are made every year at Mercy, it's a great school.
Last edit by RNinJune2007 on Oct 1, '06