Bottom line is--all any of us need to do to be licensed nurses is pass the NCLEX.
I've met students from schools whose names you would recognize, even well outside this state, and I pray to God I'm never under their care. Stupid, sloppy, arrogant, walking fomites (there's an insult! LOL).
Then again, I've had a lot of support being a distance learner, including from my professors and former classmates from my first ("real") nursing school, where I served a year. And I had a wonderful nurse actually CALL me to say she had graduated from EC ten or so years ago, had her ADN, was applying to NP school and had found that she didn't need a BSN or MSN to get in, they accepted her ADN from EC just fine. And those were good schools too..... And she never had trouble getting a job, and was never discriminated against because of where she went.
You can be a good nurse, or not, but nobody really cares where you got your degree or what your GPA was. That old joke about the med student who graduated with the lowest GPA in his class is true: they still call him doctor.
You apply for a job, and they want to know, do you have your license. That's pretty much it.
I got my BA and MA--graduated with honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and interestingly enough, in almost 20 years, I haven't had one single potential employer, or one colleague who might have seen my vita ever remark on it.
So I guess the point I want to make is, this BB is a nice safe place for people who have little or nothing to back up their negative opinions, to act like they know something and chip away at the resolve and confidence of distance students.
If they are already nurses, for shame! Kinda goes against the vow to "first do no harm," doesn't it?
Maybe we need a nice stickie thread that is JUST for support.....?