Quote from DNS on the go
What all nurses need is a strong clinical foundation. These programs do not provide this type of training. My impression is that they should be reserved for nurses who have met an experience criteria. You build on experience. A well trained Associate degree nurse is a better candidate then the EL MSN-CNL as they can be brought in and trained.
Wait, why on earth would you say that "a well trained Associate degree nurse is a BETTER candidate than the EL MSN-CNL" (emphasis mine)? That is ridiculous and ignorant. In general, I think how good a nurse is when s/he has just graduated has far more to do with who the person is than what degree they've attained. We are all starting from the bottom clinically, whether ADN, BSN, EL-MSN, or diploma. That said, I don't think more education can ever be considered a bad thing, and all else being equal, hopefully the nurse with more education will have something to show for those extra years, especially after the first few months or first year at the bedside.
EL-MSN programs do provide a strong clinical foundation. I assure you, the Nurse Practice Act would not permit them if they didn't meet the required number of clinical schooling hours that every other program in the state has to meet.
The strength of any individual nursing program is a different issue. Some are stronger than others. But it does not make any sense to make a blanket statement saying that an ADN nurse is a better candidate than an EL-MSN nurse.