First of all, it really gets my goat that your teachers are expressing such an attitude regarding ADN programs. This may be the reason why there is so much controversy between ADN grads and BSN grads. Why cultivate a 'superiority complex' among students?? I just don't understand.
Put this way.......we ALL have to pass the EXACT SAME NCLEX!!!! I don't get how some think they have BETTER skills and critical thinking when we all get evaluated the same way. If ADNs weren't prepared....then ADNs would not pass. It's that simple.
ADNs and BSNs just have different roads to take to get to the same place, that's all.
Most of the new grads that were hired this spring in my hospital were from ADN programs and the hospital DOES NOT pay any more $$$$$$ for having a BSN. Most of my class were also hired into specialty areas: L&D, Pediatrics, OR, ER, and ICU. If ADNs were not as prepared, or able to critically think, would they be able to land jobs in these areas?? I think not!!
I believe I got my fair share of community health clinicals. In regards to both programs, I feel that the Surgery/OR piece needs to be included again. (I was told by others that it used to be included in all programs)
The average age of the OR RN is about 45 now I've been told. My program scheduled students to observe in the OR about 1 day out of each semester.....I was fortunate enough to get more time there. They need additional focus on this incredible area of nursing.