Yikes---my first post.
I am hoping to be a second career RN. Middle aged male, already have an AAS and a BA, both in non-nursing subjects. There is one diploma, one ADN, and three BSN programs nearby. Since I already have a college degree, I am seriously considering the diploma program. I have heard that diploma educated nurses typically come out of school with great clinical skills. I suppose that this is because they spend all their time studying nursing rather than general education subjects. My main concern is that this school seems to be very...uhhh..."traditional." In the information packet I received, all the nurses were wearing white uniforms and caps. According to the student body profile, less than 2% of their students have been male. Finally, this school has been in existance since Florence Nightengale was a candy striper. I'm concerned that, in spite of what their equal opportunity statement may say, as a practical matter, they may not be very welcoming to a 40 something male.
Anyone on here have any recent experience with diploma programs? Any thoughts?
Mar 12, '03
Look there is no need to be hostile about this. I am simply stating what I have heard and I got confirmation of this from several of my instructors are practicing nurses as well instructors. And yes there also states that will not except the ADN degree as well, but that is changing because of the shortage of nurses. So seeing how my information was confirmed by my instructors, I wouldn't call it miss information.OK! I am not trying to step on anyones toes.
I Know God Will Not Give Me More Than I Can Handle. I Just Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much. _Mother Theresa
P.S. I also know for a fact that the military will not give you a commision as a nurse unless you have a BSN.
Last edit by SN Gone Crazy on Mar 12, '03
Mar 12, '03
Sigh, there is some truth in the Diploma, ADN nurse statement. North Dakota only allows BSN nurses to practice as RNs. They do have LPNs as well but I do not know the education requirement for LPNs.
With that said, I just want to let you know that I am glad that both you and others are studying to become nurses. We need more nurses period! So good luck in your studies.
Last edit by Rapheal on Mar 12, '03