I’m writing in regard to the article "Community Colleges Bashed" in your Oct. 6 edition. Linda Rener was right on target with her remarks. Forty-five years ago, I graduated as a nurse from an excellent diploma program and eventually went on to get my BS degree. Along the way, I noticed that there seems to be an "attitude" among some more educated nurses when it comes to Associate Degree nurses. Ms. Rener, MPH, MSN, RN, certainly does not seem to follow this way of thinking.
During my nursing career, I worked with AD grads that were outstanding, and BSN grads that were not. I strongly question the results of the study done in Pennsylvania.
As the article points out, NCLEX scores of AD grads are comparable to BSN educated nurses. The sadness of all of this is that we need ALL the good nurses. Yes, the critical thinking and management skills of a BSN grad can be a gift used to help care for the direct "caregivers"; while the AD grads use their critical thinking, practical skills and healing hands to treat the patient as holistically as possible with the help and support of their managers.
I applaud the AACC for launching a defensive to support Associate Degree nursing programs. The Denver area community colleges are educating some excellent nurses that interact very well with medical students, doctors and other health care professionals that are necessary in collaborate practice. I will continue to support these local nursing programs in any way that I can.
-- Kathleen Gishpert, BS, RN