Quote from chuckster
just to be clear, i wasn't trying to imply that a diploma rn was in any way inferior to an adn/aas or bsn rn. as lumbarpain notes, the reverse is probably the case. in fact, if you look at the nclex pass rates, diploma nurses are almost always on top.
the reality is though, that nursing competence has taken a back seat to pseudo-importance of college degrees. everyone wants bsn's now, regardless of the fact that diploma rn's are arguably better nurses. my advice to anyone contemplating nursing school is to find the best bsn program you can and go with that. i write this as an aas(n) from a well-respected program with very good nclex first-time pass rates whose graduates are finding it very tough to find jobs . . .
i am happy to see the discussion about diploma rns. i can tell you that personally having a diploma and also a bs degree in a non nursing field,that the nursing profession has missed a great opportunity.
instead of blending the talents of the diploma and bsns, by requiring the bsn alot of good mentors with years of experience have been tossed out.when the bsn movement started years ago, it was no surprise.
many healthcare fields started to require a college degree.
for nursing, we all select our specialty or specialties and bring in our individual talents.
no matter what level of education, it takes years of experience to grow in confidence and skills.
currently, there are numerous experienced rns who would love to be working and gladly share their knowledge, but employers do not now favor diploma grads.
if the profession had guided the transition effectively both bsn and diploma could combine talents to provide a unique and cost effective approach to patient care. in time, even though the transition to bsn would
continue the only entry level, the experience of diploma nurses would
be passed on...
i wish the magnet status would reconsider and give a second look to experience and not just degrees..
(ps i am one of the potential mentors who has been tossed out.
and many of my friends who meet me at starbucks for coffee
each week. we are all pursing other interests and having a lot
of fun..........but truth is, that if the situation were different
we would come running back to nursing in a heartbeat...
it was our passion....