Dipoma Nurse and Proud! - page 3

I am a graduate of a hospital school of nursing. It was the best. This is not to say that we did not take college courses because we were required to take courses at Northwestern and other area... Read More

  1. by   CoCo Queen
    I thought about becoming a CNA, but then decided to get my Associates, then Bachelor. If you do decide to take the diploma route, you are going to endure more hands on experience and become more relaxed in the hospital or nursing home setting. It's just a proven fact.

    Be proud of whatever route you take, just do it and jump in the field because were needed out there!!!
  2. by   SCDOHJohnRN
    I too am a proud diploma grad. Your co-worker who left would have would have anyway but you were a convienient excuse and a way for him to save face. Good riddance! After 20 yrs in a Level 1 trauma center I've seen my share of the "better nurses" come and go. They usually can't handle the pace or the demand. Don't get me wrong, there are many good BSN's out there but their skills were usually not learned in school. Alphabet soup does not guarentee a good nurse!!!
  3. by   TalldiNY
    I too am a diploma RN, for 35 yrs now. Still working although the body is beginning to break down (lots of arthritis). I started at a time when the BSN programs were few and far between.
    Do I feel that the higher degree people are better educated than myself? No. When I began to work I was put in charge of a 31 bed medical unit. I never felt it was more than I could manage. We were slave labor so to speak in college. If someone called in sick the supervisor called the dorm. If you had class the next day you worked all night and then went to class. If you had clinical you were excused. It was not 'abuse', it was a real life education. When I graduated work was not much of a transition.
    The nice thing about working now is the ability to pass on some of the things I have learned in the past. Some young grads are willing to listen, some are not.
    I have of course made decisions to not work in certain areas of nursing health care.
    We all have interest in the areas we work in. Fortunately nursing provides the oppurtunity to change fields if we lose interest.
    My biggest complaints re higher degree programs is that hospital administrations are overly impressed by those "letters". I do believe in certifications. My own speciality is/was physical medicine and rehabilatation. I also have found some new grads are too impressed with their own "letters". A closed mind can be a dangerous one and you miss out on a lot of interesting people and knowledge along the way.
    I do not think an RN needs the "letters" unless she plans to go into administration or teaching. A real nurse is one who advocates and meets her patients physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
    Best of luck to All nurses.
  4. by   10MG-IV
    Quote from JaredCNA
    Two of the travel nurses we had were diploma nurses and they were the most awesome nurses I've ever worked with. They didn't seem to be as anxious as other nurses or have to go to others for help as much. And when their patient crashed, they were really on top of it.

    Nothing against ADNs, I'm going for that too. But if I didn't have a wife and kid and the closest diploma program wasn't 4 hours away, I'd go for my diploma.
    I am an ADN trained by Diploma nurses.... Now I have worked with 'em all. You want a Diploma nurse taking care of your )*( . Those girls, back then only women went to nursing school, would run circles around the rest of them. I was a aide, and even before I was in nursing school those Diploma Nurses taught me how to be a nurse. They explained the reason theory how why and why not to everything they did, and SAVED many a Doctor from problems down the road.