Quote from ckc6977
Personally, I think it depends on the area in which you live. In my area, my DIPLOMA based program is well-known and would probably beat out a ADN or BSN new grad easily. Also, Diploma and ADN programs have more clinical hour-credits because they are more clinically based programs. Sometimes this can also appeal to certain hospitals.
If I had it to do all over again, I would choose to obtain my BSN. When I was searching for the right school for me, my Diploma program told me that you only needed your BSN if you wanted to become part of management (nurse manager, etc). Little did I know that couldn't be further from the truth! You can't teach, perform research, etc. It's much more than not being able to direct others!
GL in your search!
Except for the part about Diploma programs and ADN programs having more clinical hours, I agree. It really does depend on where you live and the quality of your local programs.
I also am happy to read someone saying that a BSN is needed for more than just management jobs. So many people seem to think that management is the only reason to get a BSN -- and that's only a small piece of the picture. A lot of jobs in the clinical and educational realms require a minimum of a BSN.
As for the clinical hours thing ... that just doesn't hold up nation wide. A lot of BSN programs have more clinical hours than many ADN programs. And don't forget ... it's not just the quanitity of hours that counts, it's the quality. A lot of the ADN programs where I live have clinicals in their first semester that are practically useless. They count as "hours in the hospital," but the students do little more than observe. The local BSN program has skills lab in their sophomore year, so the clinical rotations in the junior year are much more advanced than those of the ADN program. In their senior year, the BSN students get a 120 hour practicum during which they function almost like a full RN ... but the ADN students are still back learning the skills that the BSN students learned a semester earlier.
The situation in my area with the local programs may be very different from the situation in your area. That's my point. You can't make many broad generalizations. You have to look at each local community and each school.
In my area, one of the local BSN programs is highly respected and we LOVE to hire their graduates. The other BSN program is exceptionally weak and we are hesitant to hire their graduates.