Considering the fact that what I really want to do is midwifery, getting my nursing degree seems like a waste of time, money and effort.
I can really relate to this sentiment - and for me it was exactly how I felt 10 years ago. I don't really know what changed - but I no longer feel this way. I'm happy to be an RN and looking forward to working as an RN.
One of my professional goals - my career goals - is to get more states to recognize the CM. I believe this would open the door to a lot of great new midwives. The prospect of becoming a midwife (a CNM) for those who are non-nurses is either incredibly expensive - or requires multiple hoops to jump through. I've done both - the incredibly expensive RN-MSN/CNM route (quit after one semester and a $10K investment) - and the multiple hoop route - have a BS, completed ADN/RN program, now applying for MSN/CNM programs. (I also attended a MEAC accredited midwifery program and apprenticed for a few years - whole nuther can of worms, there.)
I just wanted to tell you I could relate to the feeling of nursing being a hurdle - I remember sitting through a lecture about chest tubes and thinking "No way would I ever have had the patience for this when I was first starting out on my path to midwifery." There is a lot of nursing that does not relate to midwifery. When all I wanted to study was pregnancy and birth, nursing school seemed like an unpleasant but necessary hoop to getting where I wanted to be.
I'm not sure what changed - maybe I've been up all night too many nights in a row attending births to have satisfied my birth craving - but I've found nursing school useful and beneficial. And right now, I'm happy to have done this.
BUT - If my state legally recognized CMs and allowed them full scope of practice along with CNMs, I would have chosen that route. I know many midwives who would have chosen the same thing.
Hoping the future brings some positive changes in this regard!