Hello KC Chick,
Thanks for the website information on operating room nurses, and also the website for students. Although I am not a student, but a seasoned registered nurse, I am interested in possibly becoming an operating room nurse, so I checked out the aorn website you mentioned in your post.
One objection I have to that website's description of associate degree programs is their "much limited description" of the course work an ADN receives. ADNS do not just receive "technical and limited support course work" as the article described, we receive everything a BSN receives with the exception of community health nurse field training. We also receive much more "hands on" clinical work than a BSN receives, so we actually receive far more preparation to work as registered nurses than BSNs do.
I do not want students pursuing nursing to think they will recieve a mediocre education/preparation to work as nurses if they pursue an associate degree in nursing because they will most definitely be 100% "nurse ready" upon graduation providing they attend an excellent associate degree college. Not all four year university nursing programs are worth their time in money when they graduate nursing students with less than they need to safely and efficiently begin their careers as nurses, either. So, students, regardless of whether you choose a two or four year nursing program, check out the nursing coursework and program thoroughly at the school you decide to apply to before paying them your hard earned money. If you graduate "ill prepared", you will not do well on your state boards as it is only in passing one's state boards that makes one a true nurse. Best of everything to our future nurses!