Originally posted by HNC:
My name is Holly Cartey and I'm a junior undergraduate nursing student. My professors keep mentioning in lecture about the different levels or types of nurses and I was just wonder what was a diploma nurse and how did she/he become one? If there are still people in practice who have a diploma nursing degree did they have to upgrade their degree to stay on top of the prestigiously growing nursing field?
Thanks for your time!=)
Well, now wait dearie and let me get my walker and hearing horn! (lol)
I am not sure what your professors were referring to when they spoke of "levels" or
"types" of nurses.
The diploma is not a "degree"; it's a diploma. One received it after successful completion of 2.5 - 3 years of "training" in a hospital-based school of nursing. Related courses such as Chemistry and Psychology were taken at a college, in addition to the nursing curriculum. One applied to the school and if you met their criteria, you were admitted. My program always stressed baccalaureate education as a next step and so affiliated with an undergraduate college for the related credits. When I finished training, I had 33 transferrable college credits toward my BSN, which I completed in 1981. I then went through the horror known as "State Boards", which I assure you was worse than NCLEX ( NOT open for discussion--don't even go there!), but we all have our realities.
Diploma graduates are not extinct by any means, but our basic educational programs are being phased out. I know of few still open. My school admitted its last class in 1977. Who's to say whether my training was any better or worse than a 4-yr. undergraduate education; personally, everything equals out after ~3-6 months on the job.
Good luck in your career!